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Picot Stitch Sewing Tip Without Using Picot Machine -

Pico Machine is a total waste. Especially if you stitch for yourself or for fun! Right ?

I agree, an exclusive pico machine I will get when I got loads of hemming to do. And I agree that I can get a perfect hemming with a cheap and easy picot foot; so why buy a full-on sewing machine? 

And sometimes I discovered one more way to picot, that also without a pico machine !

You are reading me right!

I simply want to wear my dress and check out how it has come out. But I need to send another half an hour finishing the hems.

Then, one day I discovered picot stitch or picot hem footer on my sewing machine. Can you imagine, how happy I was?

And I was happier when I found that I could do picot even without a special foot.

5 Reasons Why I love a Picot Hem -

  1. Picot Stitch reduced my sewing time.
  2. I don't have to worry about curves, bias clothes' ends, thin fabrics etc. Pico gives me a perfect finish.
  3. I can experiment with so many decorative stitches and designs.
  4. I can make fluid fabric dresses (I mean all that thin, flowy fabrics, which are hard to handle).
  5. Easy, Simple and So Much Fun to do with colorful threads and stitch width options.

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If you are new to picot stitch or rolled hem, then you are at the right place.  Because I just told you why I love it. 

I am sure you are curious to know more, because if learn to sew picot edge; you will get an amazingly neat finished dress.

This simple yet stylish stitch would make the bottom ends of your dress look professionally done.

Before I give you that precious one sewing tip for pico machine, you must know what is picot stitch and how it works.

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What Is PICOT Stitch

Also called Pico, Picot edge or Picot trim

A pico or picot stitch is a loop of thread created for functional or ornamental purposes along the edge of lace, ribbon, crocheted, knitted or tatted material.

A pico or picot stitch is a loop of thread created for functional or ornamental purposes along the edge of lace, ribbon, crocheted, knitted or tatted material.

You can use an pico machine or a picot foot for this stitch.

The word picot is pronounced [pē' kō]. It is derived from the French verb piquer, meaning 'to prick'. More about Picot

What is Picot Foot

You can understanding picot stitch without a pico foot, when you know what is picot foot and how do you work with it. 

I give a little introduction here, so I can give you a detailed secret sewing tip later.

Most importantly, you will be able to understand it better. 

First of all, understand the actual picot foot and it's working.

picot foot
  • Picot foot looks similar to narrow hemmer foot but is designed to create a shell look edge on lightweight fabrics.
  • Groove on sole of foot match width of picot stitches for stitch formation. 
  • Groove on sole of foot allows stitches to feed evenly while being created and sewn.

How to Picot Stitch with a Pico Machine

With any automatic sewing machine, which can give you a zig-zag stitch; you can picot perfectly fine using a picot foot.

You got 5 steps to follow -

  1. Change the pressure foot for zig zag stitch. You can get the zig zag stitching with an especially designed picot foot.
  2. Change the stitch width and stitch length depending on thickness (weight) of your fabric. If fabric is thick like woolen, you may need 4 or 5 as stitch length & width. But if your fabric is thin like crepe', you may select 1.5 or 2 on stitch regulator.
  3. Test your picot stitch on scrap of similar fabric, that you are going to sew. If you are not satisfied with the stitch width and length, then readjust till you get a perfect picot stitch. 
  4. Place your fabric under the picot foot and set to stitch. Just pull the fabric in right direction and keep your eyes where your fabric is going. Help the fabric move smoothly but do not pull.

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Picot Stitch Sewing Tip Without Using Picot Machine - Sewing Tip

Now, you know a lot about picot stitch so I share my pico machine secret with you. Most people think that they can pico with a pico machine only.

But in reality, you can use a simple zig-zag presser foot.

Once, I was not able to locate my picot presser foot but I needed to roll hem a dress on urgent basis.

My 4 Steps Guide to Picot Stitch with a Simple presser foot

  1. I selected the zig-zag stitch on my machine;
  2. Rolled the ends of the fabric slightly and I was able to get a neat rolled hem look without even a pico machine.
  3. I have to take care that the stitch width is 1 or 2.
  4. And the needle should be moving forward On The Extreme Edge of the Fabric.

You must try it once and I am sure you will like it. 

Before I finish this post, one thing I must confess that I use a picot foot for a picot stitch because that is convenient and hassle-free. 

I don't have to keep a track of moving the fabric in any particular way. Everything happens on its own.

I shared my ways of doing picot stitch, I will love to know your way of doing the edge finishing.

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