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How to Make Tucks

How to Make Tucks

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Published by: Ichechi Weli on Feb 26, 2011
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How to Make Different Types of Tucks

Dart or released tucks
Dart tucks, sometimes also called released tucks, are used to control fullness and then release it at a desired point, such as the bust or hips. They can be formed on the inside or outside of the garment; fullness can be released at either or both ends. Sometimes the tuck is stitched across the bottom. Dart tucks may be stitched on the straight grain, or, in some instances, the stitching lines may be curved to build in a certain amount of shaping. Care must be taken, especially when stitching lines are curved, to match them accurately. Reinforce the stitches by tying threads or backstitching. Press carefully to avoid creasing folds. Source: Complete Guide to Sewing, Virginia Colton, Sydney: Reader's Digest, 1984.

Basic tucks
A tuck is a stitched fold of fabric that is most often decorative in purpose, but it can also be a shaping device. Each tuck is formed from two stitching lines that are matched and stitched; the fold of the tuck is produced when the lines come together. A tuck's width is the distance from the fold to the matched lines. How to make a tuck Mark the stitching lines of each tuck. If a tuck is to be made o the outside of garment, mark the right side of fabric; if on the inside, mark on wrong side. Use marking method suitable to fabric and to tuck location. Width of tuck is one-half the distance between its stitching lines. Remove pattern. Fold tuck to inside or outside of the garment, according to design. Match the stitching lines and baste in place. Stitch tuck. Useful gauges A cardboard gauge can eliminate the need for marking stitching lines. First determine width of tuck and space between stitching lines of successive tucks. Cut a piece of cardboard as long as the sum of these two widths; from one end mark off the tuck width and make a notch. Lower edge is placed along stitching line of previous tuck; upper edge is at fold; notch is at the stitching line of tuck being formed. Throat plate markings on machine are helpful gauges for precise stitching of tucks that range from 3/8" to 5/8", and sometimes 3/4", in width. For instance, you can stitch a 3/8" tuck by keeping the fold of the tuck on the 3 mark. Other aids to stitching to a precise width are the edge of the presser foot (for narrow tucks); a separate seam gauge; or a quilter guide-bar (for wide tucks).

Pressing tucks Press each tuck flat as it was stitched. If pressing from right side, be sure to use a press cloth so as not to mar the fabric. Then press all tucks in the direction in which they will be worn. To keep the ends of all tucks in position during balance of garment construction, staystitch across them as shown. Source: Complete Guide to Sewing, Virginia Colton, Sydney: Reader's Digest, 1984.

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