The French Pleat is one of the oldest and most classic pleat styles for custom made curtains or drapery. The French Pleat is also known as a Pinch Pleat and these two terms are often used interchangeably. The French Pleat is formed by creating three folds at the top of the drapery panel. These three folds are then “pinched” about three inches down from the top of the drapery panel and tacked using a industrial sewing machine. The three folds are then fanned out at the the top forming a fluted fan. When forming the pleat it is important to fold all layers of the drapery fabric including the buckram, lining and interlining. These layers will make it very difficult, if not impossible, for a typical sewing machine to penetrate. You will need to use an industrial machine known as a “Tacker” to be able to penetrate all of the layers of fabrics.
One of our Classic Drapery Pleat Tackers we use everyday at DrapeStyle. Yes, this machine was actually made in Leeds England!