How to Sew Pintucks Using a Twin Needle
What does a sewing trade shows. How can we learn more. Let’s talk about pin tucks. How I make pin tucks using a twin needle. For this example, I’m showing how I apply them to the front of a bodice dress. If the pin tuck is going from one seam to another seam, then I like to cut an oversized piece of fabric as I’m showing here. You can see that is it larger than the pattern piece. So after giving my fabric an ironing, then I fold the piece in half so I know where center is. I’m going to start my series of pin tucks in the center of the bodice front and work my way out. If your situation is different, of course, adjust accordingly. Marking with a water-soluble marker is another way to go. Any who, once you know where your pin tucks are going to go, then you can thread your machine for pin tucks with a twin needle. There are a few variations of the twin needle. The first number, in my case 2.0, refers to how much space in millimeters that’s between the needles.
So this needle has 2 millimeters between the needles. The second number, in my case 80, means the diameter of the needle’s blade is.80 millimeters. So begin to thread your machine like normal. When you get to the tension release plate, pick one side and remember it. I’m picking to put my thread to the right side of the plate. It doesn’t matter which side you pick, just pick one. Then get your next spool of thread and begin to thread that as directed by your sewing machine manual. Every machine is unique, but when you get to the tension release plate, go to the other side – in my case, I’m going to the left side now since I put my first thread on the right side. You want one thread on each side of that plate.
If you put both threads on the same side, your tension release plate won’t be able to do a good job and your pin tucks will suffer greatly. So you’ll continue to thread both spools like normal. They will be together everywhere except that tension release plate, and of course, they will each have their own eye of the needle. Now it doesn’t matter which thread you put through which eye… or another phrasing of what I’m trying to say is just because your first thread might be to the right of the tension release plate, that doesn’t mean that it has to go through the right eye of the twin needle. I hope that makes sense.
Once you are threaded, then you are good to go. It’s as simple as sewing and the tension of the bobbin going into a zigzag underneath your work sort a forces the fabric up into a neat little pin tuck. You can continue into whatever design you’d like – these don’t have to be straight after all. So in my case, once I have all my pin tucks that I’d like, then I’m going to pin my bodice front piece and cut around my pattern piece. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.