sewing 101: the pintuck foot

This foot blew my mind, it’s called the pintuck foot! I love pintucks, but I hate making them. This foot makes the pintucks for you! Amazing. It’s pretty simple, all you need is the foot and a twin needle.

Insert your pintuck foot and twin needle. Adjust your tension to the highest setting. This is really important. A high tension will make the pintuck stick up from the fabric, if it is too loose, the pintuck will not form and it will make two lines of thread.

If you look closely, the pintuck foot has a series of grooves on the bottom. The grooves are there so you can space your pintucks perfectly if you’re making more than one, say on the front of a blouse. They will be parallel and evenly spaced. 

They help you line up your pintucks so they are perfectly straight, just align your first pintuck into one of the grooves and use that as a guide for your next one.

I did an abstract design on this piece of pink fabric that became a clutch for the clutch-a-long. So easy, and a really fun way to customize fabric. I cut my piece larger than the pattern piece and did the pintucks before cutting the fabric out from the pattern piece. That way you don’t have to do any patternwork!

I really love the texture it added to my pink clutch. Turns a solid into something a little more interesting! I wish you could touch the fabric, it’s so cool now! 

Once I figured out the tension thing, this foot became so user friendly! Stick it on, add a twin needle, crank up the tension and GO! New favorite? Possibly! I’m excited to make a fancy blouse with this foot!

Fabrics + patterns used in this post:
Envelope clutch tutorial
pink: Robert Kaufman solid
lining: girlfriends Surf by ann kelle


  1. says

    Oh my goodness, I never even knew such a thing existed! Pintucks are so pretty and feminine, but, yes, a pain to make. This is definitely going on my wishlist.

  2. says

    Great tutorial on using this foot. I also use this foot to make piping. Use a single needle and 1″ strips of bias fabric folded over a thick crochet thread and Voilà, custom piping.

  3. says

    Thanks for the post, I have been wanting to make a shirt for my daughter with pintucks, but putting it off because, well, I don’t want to spend the time to make the pintucks. I’m buying this foot on amazon now! I want you to know that I love when you feature new presser feet, they are all new to me!

  4. says

    I never would have thought about my tension. I think I tried pintucks a few years back and it turned out awful. I’m not even sure if I used a twin needle :/ Thanks for the tips!

  5. says

    You are the queen for showcasing cool sewing feet. Love this one and the way you used it! I am a sucker for pin-tucks.

  6. Louise Boyce says

    Wow that is awesome! I am definitely going to purchase that foot, what size needle would you recommend? I have gone on Amazon to find one and there are quite a few different sizes, I would like to create pintucks like yours. :)

  7. says

    Girrrrrrl you are a bad influence…. I know what I want in my easter basket now!!!!! Vivre la pintuck!

  8. says

    I have a pintuck foot but really haven’t taken the time to try it out. Thanks for sharing the pointers and having such great pictures. It was a really cool idea to pintuck the fabric all over before cutting out the pattern pieces. I am always looking and learning new things.