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Looking For That Feeling Of Quiet Elegance? ... Then Be Creative And Decorate A Home Sewing Project Into An Eye Catching Piece of Work By Sewing Tucks!


Tucks are mainly used as decorations and stitched in a straight line. Tucks may be stitched on the right or wrong side of the fabric. To make really professional looking tucks, use a machine tucker which marks the width of each tuck and the spacing between. Accuracy is most important when sewing tucks.




10 Decorative Ways for Sewing Tucks


Below you will find the instructions for sewing tucks (some tucks are illustrated):


sewing tucks - 10 decorative tucks for Please Sew


  1. Plain tuck is by folding the cloth and stitching the desired distance from the fold. Use a gauge to get it absolutely straight. 
  1. Pin tucks are very tiny tucks that may be done by hand with tiny running stitches or by machine. They are very decorative on sheer fabrics. 
  1. Hand-run tucks are tucks done with very small running stitches, fine needle and thread. 
  1. Overhand tucks are very shallow tucks used for circular lines. Mark the line carefully, take up only a few threads of cloth and overhand over the marking. If desired, use con­ trasting thread or two lines of stitches, one worked from the right, the second from the left, to get a cross-stitched effect. 
  1. Nun’s tucks are tucks on flares. Crease the line and baste close to fold. Press; baste proper distance from fold, and stitch. 
  1. Cluster or group tucks are several tucks in a row. Watch spacing carefully and end off with backtracking or securely tied knot. Very often ended off in a slanting line. 
  1. Shell tucks are decorative and have a scalloped effect. Make tuck, and measure the shells, using a pencil dot marking. Shells are often ¼ inch deep and ½ inch long, although they may be finer or wider. At each dot, make two tight overhand stitches, then three or four running stitches and repeat over-handing at next dot. Or, pass needle under cloth between overhand stitches.  
  1. Crossed tucks are pretty for decorative effects. Make all horizontal tucks, press fiat and carefully stitch vertical tucks. 
  1. Corded tucks .  Encase cord in tuck and run by hand, or machine stitch with cording foot. 
  1. Graduated tucks are a series of tucks increasing or decreas­ing in size. Measure carefully and baste first to be sure effect is right before stitching. 


As clearly illustrated tucks are easy to make and are great for decorating pillows and are also used in making Roman Blinds.

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