Pleater Know-how

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Pleating and smocking made easy, with a pleater you can really trust

The Princess Pleater is the only pleater manufactured in the whole of Europe, or the USA. England is the home of smocking. For over 30 years we have produced this machine. Produced by craftsmen with traditional materials, it’s designed to be strong and long-lasting. The Princess Pleater has 24 rows with 47 half-spaced needle grooves along the 23.7cm wide brass rollers. Standard spacing per needle is 1.0cm, or for finer smocking using half-spaced needles, 0.5cm. The machine includes 24 needles fitted.

Note, packed weight is 3.8kg, and box dimensions: 46.0 x 27.0 x 15.0cm. (18.0 x 10.5 x 6.0inches).

The process is simple, thread the needles, roll and feed in the fabric and off you go! Most fabrics pleat with ease, even needlecords and wools. The sides are open, so any width of fabric can be used. And handles at each end give complete control. You can also use fine elastic. Pleat depth is about 8mm, depending on fabric thickness.

Who uses the Princess Pleater?


  • Amateurs and professionals in workrooms, dressmaking and artistic environments.
  • Shibori artists enhance creativity, increase productivity.
  • Schools, colleges, universities – for teaching.
  • In fact, many students buy their own Princess because they are so impressed.

“Having road tested other makes of pleaters, I settled with the Princess pleater. It is well designed, sturdy, practical to use, versatile, has two turning handles and hard wearing! Mine is over 30 years old, and has mainly been used at my workshop. For many years it has formed the basis of creative Shibori dyeing rather than traditional smocking.”

Vivien Prideaux

Dyer, embroiderer, author, teacher and passionate about cloth,

Buy direct from the manufacturer.

Just order by credit or debit card, and it’s on its way. We ship to any country.

Our prices

GB Pounds, including packing and delivery...

UK: £280.00, Europe: £295.00, USA: £325.00

Extra Princess needles (UK prices)...
£10.50 per pack of 16
£20.00 for two packs of 16
£45.00 for three packs of 16
£90.00 for 10 packs of 16

We also stock needles for Read, Stanley and Amanda machines. See these needles.

We can ship to any country

Go to the online store.

If you prefer to email…
[email protected]

Or phone: +44 (0)1253738842

Or write to us...

28 East Beach, Lytham, Lancashire FY8 5EX

Delivery: Pleaters are sent out by courier or parcel post as soon as possible, a maximum two working days from receipt of order and payment. Special orders for next-day delivery are sent by courier at extra cost.

Refunds: If the pleater does not perform as described, we will give a full refund to the same card which paid for the goods.

Faults: In this event, we will replace the goods immediately on receipt of faulty goods.

Cancellations: You can cancel your order at any time before despatch. We comply with Consumer Contracts Regulations 2014 for UK customers.


About Us
Princess Pleaters are completely dedicated to your total satisfaction. If you have any suggestions or comments please email us using the link below.

Our Contact details:
Princess Pleaters, 28 East Beach, Lytham, Lancashire FY8 5EX UK
Phone: +44 (0)1253 738842 Email: [email protected]

Making A Purchase and Minimum Age Restriction
First , you must be a minimum 18 years of age. The pleater has needles which could be considered ‘sharp objects’. Please add items that you wish to buy into the shopping cart. After you have finished your selection, click on 'Checkout' and you will be asked for a few details that we need to be able to complete the order. All this is handled securely through SagePay.

We accept credit and debit card payment. If you are shopping from North America or anywhere else, place your order and your credit card company will convert the transaction to US Dollars or your own currency.

We do not charge for any item until it is ready to ship. Backordered items are not charged until they are shipped. You may send your credit card information via phone, snail mail or over the Internet.

When confirmation of order is received, this is to indicate that we have received your order. It does not indicate that a contract exists between us. We will indicate acceptance of your order, and hence a contract between us, when we send you an invoice.

We have included this term to protect us in the case that a mistake has been made in pricing, we have inadvertently under-priced goods, or we are no longer able to supply a particular product for some reason. In the case of a change of price, we will always contact you first to ensure that the price is acceptable.

Shipping And Handling:
Prices include delivery and packing.

Delivery Schedule and Back Orders
We deliver your order by courier or parcel post. We will normally dispatch your order to you within two business days. UK, Europe and USA orders should be received within seven to ten days. International orders are generally received in 10 to 14 days. If your item is not in stock, which is very unusual, we will back order for you. You will always be emailed with the option to cancel your order if you would rather not wait.

Returns and cancellations
UK customers may cancel an online order within 14 days. UK online orders may also be returned within 14 days of receipt, but the return cost of postage is the responsibility of the customer. If you are returning the goods because of a fault, we will refund your postal costs. When returning goods, please ring us first for a returns number. Do get proof of despatch. The conditions of the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2014 will be fully honoured by us for UK clients.

Tax Charges
All orders include VAT if applicable. Our VAT number is GB318 611 709. If you are buying from outside the UK sales are VAT-free, but postal charges are higher. We have adjusted accordingly. 

Credit Card Security
When the order is placed at our website, credit card numbers are encrypted using 128 bit encryption. They are not held in clear text on any web site.

We guarantee your satisfaction. All of our products come with a 12 month no-quibble guarantee.

Reaching Us
If you need to reach us, please email us, [email protected]
or you can call on 01253 738842, International: +44 1253 738842
or write to us at…
Princess Pleaters, 28 East Beach, Lytham, Lancashire FY8 5EX UK



Princess Pleaters,
28 East Beach,

t: +44 (0)1253 738842
[email protected]

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