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If you sew cushions, decorative pillows, and other home decor items with sewing machines like the Juki TL2000Q1, you may wonder how to get that fancy tufted look. Tufting makes any project look professional, not to mention how comfy it feels.

Fortunately, it could not be easier to add tufting to your cushions after sewing them on Juki sewing machines. Follow these easy tips below to finish cushions so they look luxurious and professionally made.

What Is Tufting?

Tufting is a cushion finishing process that uses gathers passed through the layers of fabric and padding to create puckers or tufts. Applied to finished projects already sewn on sewing machines, tufting keeps the inner padding in place and prevents shifting inside the case to promote even settling. Besides its functional purpose, tufting looks nice, making it a preferred finish for pillows, cushions, and similar home decor items.

How to Do Tufting

There are two ways that you can tuft an item sewn on your Juki TL2000Q1 or other Juki sewing machines. Either technique is appropriate for pillows or cushions and can be used according to your preference as referenced below:  

  • Stitch Tufting - Begin by lightly marking a small "x" on the top side of the cushion with a fabric pencil. Repeat the marks on the underside of the cushion, measuring carefully so both are placed in the same position. Thread a hand sewing needle with heavy thread long enough to pass through the cushion. Its length should be twice the thickness of the cushion plus an additional foot. Double the thread. Make the tuft by stitching an ‘x’ on the cushion over the mark by pushing the needle up from the underside and through the top. Leave a 6-inch tail on the back. After the "x" is stitched on the front, pull the two thread ends tight on the back to make a depression in the padding. Knot and trim the ends. Secure them with glue or fray stop to keep them from loosening.
  • Button Tufting - Mark the position of the tuft on the top side of the cushion with a pin. Cut the same length of heavy thread as mentioned above, wax it for sturdiness, double it, then cinch it to the loop shank on the button. Using the same long sewing needle, thread both loose thread ends and then push the needle through the cushion to the pin marker. Draw both threads through to the back, pulling until the button is tight on the front. Remove the needle and slide the second button onto one of the threads, pushing it down tight. Then knot the thread around the button shank. Keep tightening the knot until the tuft is as snug as you want it, then cinch the underside button by making multiple knots.  

To do either form of tufting, all you must do is mark the places on your cushion where you want to apply the tufts, then choose the desired technique. These locations might be right in the center such as a simple button tuft on a decorative pillow or multiple stitch tufts applied to a seat cushion in a grid formation. Just measure carefully to ensure your tufts appear in the right places and look uniform if adding more than one.

By using these two simple techniques, anyone can add cute tufts to the projects they sew on great Juki sewing machines like the Juki TL2000Q1. Whether you use the stitch or button method, tufting makes floor or seat cushions and decorative pillows look as good or better than the ones you might find in home decor stores. Tufting brings more creativity to the many great ways to use sewing machines for both fun and profit!

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