1. In sewing, a tuck is a fold or pleat in fabric, sewn into place. When the tucks are very narrow, they are called pintucks (similar to a pleat).
2. Tucks are commonly used in children’s clothing because they shorten a garment. As the child grows, the garment can be lengthened (commonly referred to as “let down”) by removing the stitching that held the tuck in place.
Most pintuck linens are a taffeta fabric with narrow sewn rows of fabric that give a decorative raised look to the linens. Pintucks give a decorative effect to the fabric, creating a visual line at a chosen point. The raised crisscross look flawlessly adds subtle depth and texture to guest tables. Whether used as a runner in conjunction with a polyester, bengaline, or satin base, pintuck linens are a great choice!