Friday, March 29, 2013

The Pintuck Foot.

Almost at the last moment I could complete this project in order to participate to the "Fancy Feet Sewing Challenge", because the deadline for an entry to this challenge is March 31.
This challenge is hosted by Rikka from "Ricochet and Away",  you  will find all the challenge guidelines to participate to this challenge  here. Last year I have already participated to Rikka's Challenges, I really enjoy her challenges as always makes me leave my comfort zone and I learn something new.
Some of the guidelines:
First requirement:
1. Choose a sewing machine foot that puts you out of your sewing comfort zone and learn how to use it.
To meet the first requirement, I decided to use for the first time my pintuck foot.
What I learned from this pintuck foot, is that it has grooves underneath, and that the size and spacing of its grooves varies.
To make pintucks, we need a pintuck foot, twin needles (they come in different sizes 1.6 mm, 2.0 mm, 2.5 mm and more ....the number is the distance between the two needles), 2 spools of thread,  a cord (the cord is optional I have read several articles before embarking on this project and some people use it and some do not, I decided to use a cord because I had the feeling that the pintuck had more relief) and of course the fabric!!!!


I set up my sewing machine for twin-needles; my Designer SE have an option
to select the twin -needles, installed my pintuck foot and I threading
using 2 threads.
To stabilize the cord, my foot came with a guide that snaps onto the needle
 plate .
The second requirement was
2. Complete a small project utilizing said foot.  Don't shoot yourself in
the foot (ha!) by choosing a difficult, time-consuming project.  Your
challenge won't be met if you can't complete it by the deadline.
Rikka if you're reading this post, I want you to know that you were right,
I almost did not complete my project!!!
The second requirement, talks about a simple project. When I started my
project, my first intention was to make a pillow. But the
problem with me  when I start  to do a project without precise guidelines,
is that I have a lot of freedom,  I have to admit ...this is one of those moments when I can say, "the sky is the limit", and then I started doing pintucks, pintucks and more pintucks one beside the other and end up doing this little table runner.
Now I will show pictures I took while I was doing this project,  I can't give you  the precise measurements for this project, because as I said before, was a bit of improvisation, if you  want to do it, you will have an idea of ​​the steps needed to do it. 
To sew my first pintuck, I marked a straight line using an adhesive paper,
(is what we use to paint the walls) and used that as a guide.

For the subsequent pintucks I used the groove of the feet to guide me, by
matching the pintuck just made, with a groove of the foot.
I also used the presser foot as a guide, the side of the presser foot is
ideal to maintaining equal distance between the tucks!

It was at this time that  I decided that I would make a centerpiece, I made
an embroidery in the middle and did the pintucks on the other side. The
embroidery I used, is the disc number 45 from husqvarna.
Then add more pintucks towards the sides 

I added decorative stitches
I do not know if it is called quilting what I did, but I try to sewing straight lines,
to  give some shape to the fabric.
Prepare the fabric to make the binding and decided to add embellishments.

sew the binding...

and finally my project is ready !!!



I hope you have enjoyed my table runner, I would like to thank you for visiting my blog. Remember that I love to receive your comments, you are the ones that feed my inspiration.
Have a nice day!!!!


Angel Allen said...

Wow Marcia
This is lovely. You did a fantastic job. I'd love for you to come over and link your beautiful runner in my blog. I'd love for you to show it off.
Angel @

Sara Blevins said...

I love your runner and your updated blog. Nice work!!!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

BEAUTIFUL, Marisa!!! Simply beautiful. I have to get myself a pintuck foot now. It looks so much easier than pintucking without one.

Cindy said...

Oh Marisa, that is awesome!!!! I have a pintuck foot and have been afraid to use it. Your pictures are great and make me want to try mine :)

Margaret Reed said...

This is amazing, you would never guess that it was hand made, so rich looking.

Diya said...

Truly professional :) Love it.. Do all machine support a twin needle ? I dont know if mine supports .. I need one pin tuck foot for my tops.I used my gathering foot for the challenge.. My project for the contest is here

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful runner! You have a wonderful talent! Thank you for visiting Hey Little Mother this morning and for your sweet comments. I look forward to seeing more of your work!

patchouli moon studio said...

So beautiful Marisa!

Maria said...

It's beautiful Marisa. You did a great job, it looks antique.

beth said...

WOW! Thanks for showing us how you did it! It's gorgeous.

migdalia said...

fantastico trabajo, me encanta.

Savard Studios said...

This is stunning! So intricate! You have amazing talent! I learned along time ago, I don't have the patience for sewing. Thanks for following!

Shelly Nakabayashi said...

I am so glad I found you also! I have been thinking about branching out into embroidery. Following you back!!

Joanna Pabel said...

Lovely blog. Thanks for follow my blog
Your new follower

Jacque said...

Such a beautiful project! I am your newest follower! Thank you for following my blog!
aka Snoodles at Lilypadquilting

mail4rosey said...

You are very good! This is just too nice, and the write up is too!

I'm visiting today from Deezy's Hop.

Evelyn Osborn said...

This is just beautiful! Very talented you are:))

Following you via Linky, GFC, Bloglov' and google+


Anna-Marie Field said...

Hi Merisa, Finally I've managed to open your blog!!! No more "This webpage is not available"!!!! Love your table runner!! You are so clever with your machine!!! I had no idea there are so many different feet for sewing machines!!!! Love it!!!

legato1958 said...

This is absolutely gorgeous and elegant!! It is so detailed, and I love your colors and the beads.
I learned a lot about this foot, too.


Missy Inspired said...

Great blog! I really like your sewing project. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm returning the follow.

Missy Inspired

Maria S said...

Thanks for visting New follower of yours also! I love sewing inspiration. I have a sewing machine but need to get some projects cranked out of it! Thanks again!

Rhonda Cothrun said...

Wow, that is beautiful...... Such a great tutorial too. Have a great week. Rhonda

Janlynn said...

So beautiful! I love the beads that you added.

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Katherines Corner said...

Marisa this is absolutely beautiful, I love it. xo

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick said...

Just beautiful........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick

Ricochet said...

Congrats on meeting the challenge! You have created a beautiful heirloom piece that I am just drooling over. Well done!

Pam said...

Wow, the table runner is exquisite! Absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I am going to enjoy yours! New follower.

Liz - Moments said...

Marcia...that is Magnificent !!!!!

KC @ genxfinance said...

Great design, And the details are even more amazing.

nissaMade said...

Marisa, this is lovely work as usual!

Paula Miller said...

Hi Marisa!! I'm soooo late returning comments here...I wanted to thank you for linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party last weekend. This week's party is already open if you wanted to stop by again :))


themosbysinchina said...

Looks beautiful! Great job!

Amy Latta said...

Wow!! This is gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining One Crafty Contest!

Nima said...

wow...that is a gorgeous runner and thank you for the tutorial

charm said...

Your creations are exquisite and I'm going to attempt to make the denim cuffs and the table runner. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your work. You are a blessing to quilters.


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