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Use Your Tucker and Edge Stitcher
Materials 1 yard each of two contrasting fabrics pins scissors edge stitcher iron marking pen Instructions Cut your fabric 19 inch square – cut one from each fabric (adjust for your child’s size, either larger or smaller) ¾” x 40” – cut one strip for piping 1 ½” x 18” – cut one for neck bank (measure child to be certain) 2” x 24” – cut two for waist ties (measure child to be certain) 10” x 4” – cut two for pocket (finished pocket will be about 3” x 4 ½”) 1 ½” x 5” – cut two for pocket binding (optional) Lace – (optional) needles tucker sewing machine matching thread
Pocket – Tucker
It is a good idea to practice with the Tucker first, trying various settings. This will give you a good idea of what each part does and how it affects your finished look. Let’s start first with a 1/8” tuck with 1/8” space. First back up one step first to look at the tucker and understand the part names and purposes. If you take this one step at a time, it certainly helps. Look at the Tucker Information Sheet, get used to the parts, and then come back to this step. It might even help to just keep it marked for quick reference as you work with the tucker to create decorative tucks on the pocket.
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2 . Next guide your material between the tuck scale blades. All rights copyrighted. The bottom bar is the Tuck Scale and lining it up with the needle. All trademarks and references do belong to Singer Sewing Machine Co. You will see a faint mark where the next tuck is to be folded. You will see a line in front and back of the needle hole to indicate the center. loosen the space scale adjusting screw and move the space scale until the desired figure is directly in a line with the center of the needle hole. If the Tucker is set at 2 for tuck and at 2 for space. First place your fabric between grooved blade and the spur blade (this is the part which creates your next fold mark).A Manual of Family Sewing Machines. 2008 All references to Singer follow their trademark and permission granted. 1929 To regulate the Tucker. the tucks will be ¼ inch with ¼ inch inbetween. Tighten the screw to prevent shifting. Looking at the photo the top bar his the Tuck Guide and is set at 1 (I loosened the thumbscrew and moved it accordingly). Placing your fabric under the tucker is quite easy. To adjust for the width of space between the tucks. Ready to Practice? To create dainty pin tucks. loosen the Tuck Guide Adjusting Screw. the result will be ¼ inch tucks with no space in-between. Try a couple of tucks on scrap fabric. The Sew Box. where the tool is pointing (right photo). You will also see how straight the stitches are from the edge of the fabric. I have it set at 1 ½” (again loosen the thumbscrew and move accordingly). set the Tuck Guide at 1 and set the Space Scale at 1 ½. If you set it at 2 and 3. which allows you to move the Tuck Guide to the desired figure on the Tuck Guide. Tighten the adjusting screw. Singer.
isn’t it? I just love how straight the tucks are and how easy the tucker works. I choose to make the dainty pin tucks so they would be 1/8” wide with a 1/8” space. I cut the pocket to the appropriate size. Pin to your apron and sew around three edges.As you sew make sure your fabric stays against the guide bar. This will keep the tucks from unraveling or becoming distorted as you sew the pocket. 3 . All trademarks and references do belong to Singer Sewing Machine Co. Turn right side out. I left a 1” space on both sides of my tucks. You can make this allowance smaller or larger. Move the Tuck Guide to 2 and the Space Scale at 3. turning under about 5/8”. sew around three sides. You will be making ¼” tucks with a ¼” space between each one. 2008 All references to Singer follow their trademark and permission granted. Cut your backing fabric to match. Pretty neat. depending on your desires. After all of the tucks have been made. Be sure to include the top and bottom of your tucks as you sew. All rights copyrighted. You are ready to make the tucks on the pocket. With right sides together. This allows me to sew the pocket backing on without hitting any of my tucks. The Sew Box. lightly press the seam of your fourth side. plus 5/8” seam.
Optional – Create piping and sew onto the top edge of the pocket. Determine where you want the waist ties. I use my stiletto to help push it through. making it easier to begin sewing. TIP – I usually pin them to the fabric somewhere in the middle so they don’t get caught in my seams. Pin each tie. Check your placement. Begin sewing. raw edges together. Lay it down with the right side facing up. When you turn the apron inside out. All trademarks and references do belong to Singer Sewing Machine Co. and sew one stitch. I would recommend about 1 ½” above the side points. I also added piping to the top edge (see the next set of instructions and your options before actually doing this). the ties will be in the proper place. Lift again to straighten along your edge as before and complete your stitching. wrong side up. right sides up. 4 . into slot #1. Press. or tweezers would also work. 2008 All references to Singer follow their trademark and permission granted. This makes a sharper corner for your piping. Place your fabric.Waist Ties and Neck Band For each– fold in half lengthwise and sew along the raw edge. lift your presser foot. turn slightly. Place in slot #3 with the fold to the left. Once you have it in the slot and pulled behind the presser foot. The Sew Box. When you come to the corner. Piping and Edge Stitcher Fold your piping strip lengthwise. Are both ties heading towards the center of your front piece? Good. All rights copyrighted. Putting it all together Let’s begin with your front piece. Turn. This will lightly press the fold. pull back and forth on your piping fabric a bit. You will see just a touch of the piping fabric to the right of your apron fabric.
I did this on each side – just to be sure I was measuring straight across. just be sure you sew on the same stitching. Pin around the two sides and the bottom sides. You are ready to cut. Sew around your apron. At this point you have everything pinned except the top edge. The Sew Box. right sides together. This will prevent your earlier piping stitches from showing. following the same procedures as you did for the waist ties. “Measure twice. To be absolutely sure my top edge would be straight. leaving about 8” open for turning. Now that you have everything pinned and ready to go. When you have it totally straight. I usually pin all those loose ties to the fabric somewhere in the middle. All trademarks and references do belong to Singer Sewing Machine Co. Measure down from the point 5 ½” inches and mark your spot. Sharpen all your corners and press. take some additional measurements (my grandfather who was a carpenter always said.). Turn your apron inside out. I finally measured from the tentative corner of the top edge to the next point down the apron. When you are sewing the bottom two sides where your piping is.Lay your back piece on top. Before you complete your marking and cut. You will now be drawing a line across the top. Measure up 5/8” for your cutting line. cut once”. Stitch your opening closed. Embellish the top edge There are quite a lot of choices for the top edge. I will proceed with the directions explaining how I created mine and then list some optional decorative touches. The piped edge is very subtle around the bottom of your apron and the tucked pocket adds a special touch! Your apron is complete! All rights copyrighted. I measured at various areas and placed pins as a temporary mark. just to keep them out of the way and ensure I don’t catch the ends while sewing. lay your ruler down and mark with your marking pen. there is one last step in forming the top edge. 5 . Check all your pins. 2008 All references to Singer follow their trademark and permission granted. Determine the length of your neck band for your child and pin to the top edge.
Happy Sewing! Your Sewing Friend. Charlene www. Create a 2 ½” to 3” square template. After sewing your top piece to the back piece. I try to respond as quickly as possible. 2008 All references to Singer follow their trademark and permission granted. but sew around all four sides. Add your neck tie. can use.com All rights copyrighted. this will create two cute little triangles folded over the top edge of the apron. 6 . Take the top corner and fold it down exposing the back fabric. leaving an area to turn. add a dainty ruffle to the front piece. fold the corner down. Continue your piping around all four sides. I am always happy to help and answer your questions.Additional options for your top edge Before you pin the top and back piece together. place this template in the top corner and cut. Don’t cut the top edge. Add dainty rick-rack to the top edge. Turn inside out and press. Instead of cutting straight across the top edge.com Charlene@thesewbox.thesewbox. Fold down and then add your neck tie. After cutting across the top. Sew on this line. add additional piping to the top edge. so please feel free to email. All trademarks and references do belong to Singer Sewing Machine Co. I do hope you have enjoyed this lesson using your tucker and edge stitcher. The Sew Box. When you sew. Be sure your corners are nice and sharp. Copy to your fabric with a marking pen. and have hopefully are a little more comfortable with these attachments. You now have an apron you are proud of. as directed. Create a saw-tooth pattern to fit across the top. Turn and press. Then add your neck tie last. Proceed as directed.
If you set it at 2 and 3. All rights copyrighted. If the Tucker is set at 2 for tuck and at 2 for space. Singer.Tucker Information Sheet A Manual of Family Sewing Machines. To adjust for the width of space between the tucks. Space Scale Adjusting Screw – where the space scale may be set at any desired point. Tuck Guide – is adjustable and may be set for any desired width of tuck. 7 . which allows you to move the Tuck Guide to the desired figure on the Tuck Guide. Tighten the adjusting screw. Marking Lever – presses on the groove blade. The tuck scale also acts as a smoother blade. Tuck Guide Adjusting Screw – the means the tuck guide may be set at any point on the tuck scale. loosen the space scale adjusting screw and move the space scale until the desired figure is directly in a line with the center of the needle hole. The Sew Box. The middle or ‘grooved blade’ contains a groove where the material is pressed by the spur at the end of the lower or ‘spur blade’. Tuck Scale – contains figures which indicate different widths of tucks. Space Scale – containing figure on the upper blade which indicate the width of the space between each tuck. the tucks will be ¼ inch with ¼ inch in-between. 1929 To regulate the Tucker. keeping the tucks a uniform width. thereby marking the material for the folding of the next tuck. marking the material as it passes between the grooved and spur blades. All trademarks and references do belong to Singer Sewing Machine Co. Tighten the screw to prevent shifting. The Parts of the Tucker and their uses is the first thing one should learn when using this attachment. the result will be ¼ inch tucks with no space in-between. You will see a line in front and back of the needle hole to indicate the center. 2008 All references to Singer follow their trademark and permission granted. loosen the Tuck Guide Adjusting Screw.
To Attach the Tucker to the Machine Raise the needle bar to the highest point. so that both scales are set at the same figure. When the tuck is finished. you want to make sure that it is in the lower position and that the needle clamp works as the machine sews. such as silks. At times it “gets bent out of shape”. and then move the space scale to the same number and as much farther to the left as you wish to have your space. remove the presser foot from the machine and attach the Tucker in place. Care should be taken to see the Tucker is securely fastened to the presser bar and that the needle goes through the center of the needle hole. Lower the presser bar and begin to sew. All rights copyrighted. Note the position of the marking lever. crease the material along the line made by the spur blade and begin sewing in the same manner for the next tuck. the marks between the figures are 16ths. but this time catch the edge of the first tuck under the hook just in front of the marker. All trademarks and references do belong to Singer Sewing Machine Co. flatten it away from the crease just marked so that it lies in the proper direction. keeping the crease against the guide. Now adjust the Tucker for width of tuck and space. first you must set the tuck scale. proceed to make the first fold in your fabric by hand and crease it carefully along the entire length. 2008 All references to Singer follow their trademark and permission granted. Nest. Setting the Tucker The figures on the tuck scare indicate the width of tuck in 8th of an inch. The Sew Box. They are harder to crease but can still be done successfully if you slip a piece of paper under the Tucker. To make the space between the tucks. from the left. The marks on the space scale are double the width of those on the tuck scale (whew!). Do this one step at a time while reading – it helps. between the spur blade of the space scale and between the two blades of the tuck scale. blind tucks without spaces between them are made. It is possible to tuck sheer fabrics. 8 . as easily as cotton. Each number on the space scale represents one-quarter of an inch and each mark between numbers are 1/8th of an inch. Table to Assist You 1/8” tucks with no space 1/8” tucks with 1/8” space 1/4” tucks with no space ¼” tucks with ¼” space ½” tucks with no space ½” tucks with ½” space 1” tucks with no space Tuck Guide 1 1 2 2 4 4 8 Space Scale 1 1½ 2 3 4 6 8 Note: If your Tucker does not make any marks simply press (more like a faint bend) where the Spur Blade is. Insert it in the Tucker.
Tuck the entire piece of fabric lengthwise. French Seam Make your first stitching on the right side of the fabric using the presser foot. You can continue adding lace and strips of fabric as necessary. where it is held in place by the spring. It is now out of contact with the needle clamp and no mark will be made. having one go left and one go right as you cross over them. This is especially useful when following a marked pattern or when sewing heavy material which the tucker won’t mark. hold the two edges so they slightly overlap. Edge Stitcher Sewing Lace Together Place one edge of the lace in slot #1. simply adjust your tension. adjust the lug so stitches will be close to the edge. but the creased tuck marks will be harder to make or to see so you will actually be either measuring between each tuck or doing that wonderful “guestimating”! Since the silky fabrics tend to be slippery. 2008 All references to Singer follow their trademark and permission granted. The Sew Box. Instead of squares. If you find your lace puckering. without hemming. Sewing on Folded Tape Place the tape in slot #4 and the fabric to be trimmed will be placed flat under the attachment. Place the second piece of lace in slot #4. All trademarks and references do belong to Singer Sewing Machine Co. Tucking Silk Fabric Silky fabrics will tuck just as beautifully. then sew crosswise over the first tucks. such as a hem. Use for any decorative trimming. Place the folded edge in slot #2. As the lace feeds through the edge stitcher. It easily pulls off when finished sewing. All rights copyrighted. Be careful to have your tucks lie in one direction before crossing over them. Lace Insertions Use to finish an edge. Trim close to the edge and fold to the wrong side of the fabric. 9 . a beautiful design can also be made by alternating each row of tucks. Fold the material about ¼” and place in slot #1. This creates squares of tucking. try for some diamond shapes. Put your edge stitcher on your machine. Cross Tucking Decide on the combination of tuck and space you want and set the tucker. I use thin pellon or paper under the tucker as I sew.Additional uses for your Tucker and Edge Stitcher Tucker Tuck without marking The marking lever can be pulled upward toward you. Of course. First tuck the material lengthwise and then follow the bias across the tucks. Place the lace in slot #4.
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