Double-Needle Tucking

Choose a garment you would like to make. Decide where the tucking will be done. Plan a color scheme. Practice this technique and determine how much extra fabric will be needed to create the pieces you want to tuck on your garment.

Double-Needle Tucking with pin tucking foot: Most machines have a pin tucking or raised seam foot. Using the pin tucking foot is easy and fun. Instructions for setting your machine come with the foot! After you adjust your machine you will lay perle cotton or cord under the raised seam attachment and snap on the throat plate. Before stitching pull perle cotton or cord behind presser foot. Attachment will guide cord into position as it sews.

Double-Needle Tucking without a pin tucking foot: You will be able to do double-needle tucking without a pin tucking foot! The bobbin thread can be used to advantage in making these tiny tucks. By tightening or loosening the bobbin tension, you can adjust the amount of tuck. The tighter the bobbin tension, the greater the tuck. Always test double-needle tucking on a small piece of fabric first. Determine what bobbin tension is necessary.

Generally, the heavier the fabric, the longer the stitch length should be when double-needle tucking. Test stitch length to find what looks best. It is difficult to estimate the amount of take-up when tucking; For the pattern I have created, I used one tuck every 5/8". It will take-up about 10%. (44" will tuck to a 39"- 40" wide piece).

Use this technique to create enough tucked fabric for your garment. Cut out all pieces for your garment. Assemble garment.