As we come to the last few days of the year, I was able sneak in one final sewing project.
Of course, just days before Christmas I got the idea to make matching slippers for my daughter and two nieces. They absolutely loved them! Not only did they unwrap them and try them on immediately but they have worn them every day since. It was so worth a little extra busyness to get them completed in time.
I love making gifts for other people. This was a fun pattern that I found here. I started with making three pairs for the girls, but have since made two more pairs.
While working on this project I used two different presser feet and needle plates. I love that I can quickly and easily switch between these different attachments on my Janome Skyline S9.
As I’ve mentioned many times before, my favourite presser foot is the Janome HP (High Performance) foot, which is an optional accessory for the Janome Skyline S9, and several other compatible machines.
Nothing handles bulky seams like the Janome HP foot. It was perfect for this project because I was not only having to sew through multiple layers, but I was using bulky fleece, heavy weight knit and vinyl.
To attach the elastic, I switched to the regular zigzag foot (A) and zigzag needle plate to use the zig zag stitch so that it would stretch with the elastic.
The Janome Skyline S9 can accommodate a stitch width up to 9mm. To attach elastic I like to make sure I increase not only the stitch width but also the stitch length. For this project I used a 5mm stitch width and a 3mm stitch length.
These slippers came together fairly quickly. After sewing one pair through from start to finish, I was able to work on subsequent pairs of slippers in a bit more of an assembly line fashion. That definitely helped to speed things up even more.
This was a fun pattern! But even more so, the smiles on the faces of the recipients was so rewarding.
Did you do any last minute holiday sewing? What is your favourite pattern or project that is your go-to for gift giving?