We already know a Pintuck foot can create rows of beautifully formed and perfectly spaced pintucks. So, it's time to branch out. Here are three more uses for this handy foot. The Seven-Groove Pintuck foot is used for all these techniques.
Beautiful baby cording
1. Fold a 1" strip of fabric in half, wrong sides together. Finger press and encase find cord or pearl cotton against the fold.
2. Select a Straight stitch, adjusting the needle position to 1.6 and the stitch length to 2.2.
3. Place the ridge of the fine cord under the first groove to the left of the centre opening of the Pintuck foot. Sew.
4. This tiny cording is now ready to insert into a seam.
5. For a shaded effect, use six strands of embroidery floss or decorative thread as your cording.
An exquisite and practically invisible French seam
1. Snap on the Seven-Groove Pintuck foot.
2. Place wrong sides of fabric together.
3. Select the Stretch stitch (#6 on MC11000, MC10001, and MC6600P),width of 1.0 and length of 1.7 (1.5 for the MC6600P).
4. Trim away the excess seam allowance as close to the stitching as possible.
5. Finger press the seam carefully to one side. Be careful not to stretch or pull the seam while finger pressing as it is quite fragile.
6. Change to a Straight stitch. Adjust the needle position to 4.4 and the stitch length to 1.7.
7. Fold the fabric as the seam, wrong sides together.
8. Place the ridge of the seam in the first right groove of the Pintuck foot. The bulk of the fabric will be to the left of the needle.
9. Stitch, allowing the seam to ride in the groove of the foot.
A precise way to guide pinstitching next to lace
1. Select stitch Q16 (stitch #84 on MC10001, Mode 2 stitch #36 on MC6600P), adjusting the stitch width to 2.0 and the length to 2.5.
2. Insert a size # 16 Wing needle (for lightweight fabrics such as batiste) or a size #19 Wing needle (for medium weight fabrics like linen).
3. Thread the machine with 80-weight cotton thread.
4. Place the right side of the centre opening of the Pintuck foot next to the heading of the lace. Allow the Pintuck foot to ride next to the heading of the lace as you sew. The left swing of the stitch will penetrate the lace and the right Straight stitch will sew in the fabric.
5. This technique will allow you to pinstitch with speed and accuracy.
Sheryl Capps, Educational Coordinator, Janome America