TIS THE SEASON……..LIZ SHOWS HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS STOCKING STEP-BY-STEP.

I had the day off on Monday and felt it was high time to decorate my home for Christmas……I figured if I left it any longer I wouldn’t bother as it would be unpacking it all just to pack it away again a few days later!

In setting up my things, I realized that my precious little grandbaby does not have her own Christmas stocking. SO I set about correcting that dreadful omission: I decided to take pics along the wayso that I could share my progress through the project with you.

Want to know how to make this?

Cut up your Christmas fabric scraps into 2 inch squares.

Draw a 2 inch square grid on the non-glue side of fusible interfacing. This pic shows the non-glue side after fusing

Turn fusible interfacing over to glue side and position the 2 inch fabric squares on the grid. There should not be much space between the blocks. Using an applique pressing sheet, fuse the fabric to the interfacing with an iron.

Now take gold fusible bias tape (1/4 inch wide) and position across "joins" and fuse with an iron after peeling away the paper on the back of the bias tape.

At this point I fused a piece of fusible batting to the reverse side of the front of my stocking.

Thread up the machine with 2 spools of gold metallic thread.

Insert a 4mm twin needle & thread with the gold thread. I also used the Janome F2 open toe foot instead fo the A foot shown here as it was easier to see where I was sewing.

Sew all strips of gold bias tape in position. using a twin needle means only having to make one pass + this also becomes the quilting - ALL in one step.

Now for the back of the stocking: fuse batting to the reverse side of a piece of Christmas fabric and cut into the same stocking shape as the front: remember that it has to be the mirror image!

Using the quilting guide bar which fits into the Acufeed foot (shown here) or the regular ankle or the walking foot; grid quilt the entire back of the stocking.

Cut a complimentary fabric for the top name section on the front: back it with fusible batiing and sew to the top of the stocking with a 1/4 inch seam. Now hoop up that section and position the fabric in the hoop using templates or your Janome Clothsetter to embroider the applicable name in the center. I choose to use gold metallic thread and the First Grade font built into the Janome MC11000 or MC12000 embroidery machines

Take a short strip of fabric or ribbon and form a loop to sew into the back of the stocking just below the top so that you can hang it up later.

Cut 2 pieces of lining fabric same size as front & back (remenber the mirror image thing again). Sew the top edge of one lining to top of front & repeat for the back. lay both out on the table lining up the WRONG sides of the lining & stocking: linings should be lined up & front & back of stocking on other end. Pin in place especially at the top seams. Sew all the way around the stocking leaving a section about 4 inches open on the back flat section of the boot on the lining. You will join it later & it will not be seen inside the stocking.

trim seams & clip on curved parts on both outer & lining sections.

Flip to right sides out, press and sew the opening closed - this indicates where the opening was.

Push the lining down into the stocking & smooth to even it all. Using the free arm of your JANOME sewing machine, top stitch around the top edge

voila!! It is done. Now you'll have to go shopping to fill it!!

About lizafrica

I work in the Education Dept at Janome & Elna, Canada and LOVE to sew. I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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2 Responses to TIS THE SEASON……..LIZ SHOWS HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS STOCKING STEP-BY-STEP.

  1. Bernadette Elizabeth de Souza says:

    Good morning Liza,
    I am Mrs Bernadette Elizabeth de Souza, from Goa, India. I have Janome MC 11000 upgraded to 2.0. I had a problem before I could upgrade, the top tension is loose, and bottom of the design shows loops. how to increase the tension in the embroidery section. Thank you. God bless.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Bernadette,
      You would be better going to the dealer in India where you purchased your Mc11000 for assistance with this query. They will show you how to properly thread your machine (needle and bobbin). It could be that you are missing a thread guide or 2. It is really quite difficult for me to explain this in this online format. Perhaps you could reread your instruction manual and watch the Instructional DVD to see how to correctly thread the machine. If this does not resolve your issue, then you will have to take your machine to your dealer for them to look at it. It could be that some broken thread or lint is trapped in the tension discs? This can also affect tension and cause looping & other problems. This is the reason why we strongly recommend that all Janome customers develop a good relationship with their dealer and have their machine(s) serviced & cleaned professionally at least once every 18 months – 2 years (depending on how much you use your machine).
      I hope that helps you.
      Liz
      Janome Canada.

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