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Paisley Twist Holiday Stocking
Paisley Twist Holiday Stocking

Created by: Bernadette Griffith

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Level: Intermediate
Time: 4-5 hours

Nothing adorns the holiday mantle better than a Christmas stocking. Our classic Christmas stocking is made entirely on your Janome sewing and embroidery machine – the detailing and trims are created with our free embroidery design downloads. The elegant gold and cream coloring will fit in perfectly with traditional holiday reds and greens – and add a new elegance and sense of celebration to your home. This fabulous project arrives just in time for the holidays from Bernadette Griffith of Bertina Studio.

Janome Supplies Required:
• Janome Embroidery Bobbin Thread
• Janome Blue Tip Needles, Size 11
• 4-6 Janome Bobbins
• Satin Stitch Foot F or Border Guide Foot
• Embroidery foot P
• Button Sewing foot T
• Janome Square 200x200mm hoop or Optional Macro (MA) hoop
• Janome 126x110mm hoop
• Janome Sewing and Embroidery Machine such as: MC11K SE, MC11000, MC9700 or MC9500
* MC9500 and 9700 (A) and (B) hoops, optional Giga Hoop


• Vilene D0102 (Wet n Gone) Wash-Away Embroidery Backing
• Medium Tear-Away Embroidery Backing
• 3/4 yard Pellon® Easy-Knit Fusible Tricot Interfacing
• 3/4 yard Ivory Medium-Weight Taffeta
• 3/4 yard Cotton or Muslin
• All-Purpose Sewing Thread to Match Fabric
• Robison-Anton Government Gold Metallic Embroidery Thread
• Robison-Anton Shimmering Gold Poly or Rayon Embroidery Thread
• Robison-Anton Black Poly or Rayon Embroidery Thread
• Fabric Marking Pen or Tailor’s Chalk
• Pressing Cloth
• Straight Edge Ruler
• Seam Sealant, such as Fray Block™

Download the patterns and designs from Bertina Studio by clicking here

?Victorian Lace Embroidery Instructions:
1. Transfer all designs to the embroidery machine, USB drive or PC card.
2. Set up Memory Craft for professional embroidery.
3. Wind two bobbins with Shimmering Gold embroidery thread. Wind two bobbins with Janome embroidery bobbin thread.
4. Place one wound bobbin into bobbin case of the machine.
5. Thread machine with Simmering Gold embroidery thread and pull bobbin thread to top.
6. Open the VictorianLace1 design transferred to machine, USB drive or PC card.
7. Cut three pieces of Vilene D0102 slightly larger than the SQ or RE (B) embroidery hoop.
8. Place three layers together and center layers over the outer hoop frame.
9. Check that all layers are smooth and backing extends beyond the outside of the frame on all sides.
10. Place inner hoop frame over all layers and gently press inner hoop frame into outer hoop frame. ?Backing should be smooth and taunt in the hoop.
11. Attach hoop to machine embroidery arm.
12. With the VictorianLace1 design selected and in Ready to Sew mode, touch the Jog/ST button on the machine screen.

13. When the Stitch Counter displays, touch the “+” button once to move to the first stitch of the design.

14. Hold the top thread tail gently in one hand and press the Needle Up/Down key two times to pull the bobbin thread to the top of the backing.
15. Gently hold both top and bobbin thread tails in one hand and press the Start/Stop button to begin embroidery. Take care to keep your hands and fingers away from the needle.
16. Allow the machine to sew a few stitches and then press the Start/Stop button to stop the machine.
17. Trim thread tails close to backing and press the Start/Stop button to complete the first ?section of the embroidery design.
18. When the first color layer is completed, set up the machine to sew with Government Gold metallic embroidery thread.
While lace designs are stitching, prepare the taffeta fabric for sewing and embroidery.
Tips for Sewing with Metallic Thread:
• When placing thread on the horizontal spool pin, use the proper size spool holder for the thread spool. This will allowfor even, snag-free thread feeding. 

• Place the spool holder tight against the top of the spool to ensure that the thread will unwind smoothly from the spool and not become tangled between holder and spool.
• Slow the sewing speed on the embroidery machine to between 450-600spm. You can reduce the sewing speed on the MC11K by moving the Speed Control Slider to the left. ?The adjusted sewing speed will display on the LCD screen.

• Reduce the upper thread tension approximately -4. ?For example: If the default thread tension is 2.6, reduce the tension to 2.2.
To reduce upper thread tension press the Tension Adjust Key.

When the Adjust window opens, press the “-” key. Touch OK to ?close window.
If you see thread looping while sewing the design, increase the upper thread tension.
• If the thread cone is too large for the horizontal spool pin, place thread on a on a thread stand and place stand at the back, right-hand side of the machine. You will have better stitching results if metallic thread is unwinds freely from the cone.
• When sewing with metallic thread, the Janome Blue Tip Needles should work well. ?If you experience thread breakage when sewing metallic thread on the Taffeta fabric, try using a Metallic Embroidery Needle.
19. When sewing is complete, carefully trim excess backing away from lace.

20. Soak lace embroidery in warm, not hot, water for a few minutes to remove Vilene backing.
21. Gently reshape lace and place on towel to dry.

If Vilene backing has not washed completely from the lace, it may be slightly ‘tacky’. In this case, when the lace dries it may be stiff, as if it were starched. If you desire softer lace, soak lace in warm water for a few more minutes.
22. Gently place a towel over the top of the lace and use hands to press excess water from lace.
23. Set aside to dry.
Fabric Preparation:
1. Cut one piece from taffeta fabric to a size of 16 by 16 inches.
2. Cut one piece from taffeta to a size of 2 inches wide by 6 inches in length.
3. Cut two pieces from taffeta fabric to a size of 14 inches wide by 19 inches in length.
4. Carefully Fuse the Pellon® Easy-Knit Fusible Tricot Interfacing to the wrong side of the 16x16 inch and the 14x19 inch taffeta fabric pieces.
5. Set the 2x6 inch, 16x16 inch and one 14x19 inch fabric pieces aside.
6. Print the PaisleyStockingPattern.PDF and tape stocking pattern sections together to form pattern piece #1.
7. Use stocking pattern to cut two layers from cotton or muslin lining material. Transfer pattern marks to fabric.
8. Cut one piece of cotton or muslin to a size of 16 inches wide by 6 inches in length. ?Set lining pieces aside.
Paisley Stocking Embroidery Instructions:
1. Print the desired pages from the Paisley_Templates.PDF file. ?This file contains placement templates for the different size design options, such as the SQ - Square Hoop, MA - Macro Hoop, RE - Rectangular or B hoop, GH - Giga Hoop, and individual Paisley designs for the 126x110mm hoops. ??2. With fabric facing right-side up, place the stocking pattern on top of the taffeta fabric. Pin in place if necessary.
3. Using the fabric marker, lightly trace the outline of the pattern piece onto the fabric.
4. Remove pattern piece from fabric.
5. Use the traced pattern outline and the printed design templates to determine design placement on the stocking.

You may want to use a combination of different sized paisley design files to cover the stocking shape. Don’t worry if the designs fall outside of the traced stocking outline.
6. When you are satisfied with design layout, use a fabric marker and the cross hairs on the design templates to mark placement on the fabric.

7. Open the desired paisley design file on the machine.
8. Use the marked cross hairs to align fabric and one layer of tear-away backing in the hoop. Attach hoop to embroidery arm.
9. Thread the machine with the Gold Metallic thread and change the upper thread tension. Check that the machine sewing speed is set to between 450-600 spm.
10. Place a bobbin wound with embroidery bobbin thread in bobbin case.
11. Use the Jog Arrows to align the needle with the center of the marked cross hairs.

12. Sew the first color in the design file with metallic thread.
13. Touch the Tension Adjust key. When the Adjust window opens touch the Default key to reset the upper thread tension.

Touch OK to close the window.
14. Increase the sewing speed on the machine, if desired.
15. Repeat steps 10-13 until all designs have been sewn.
Tips for Using Printed Design Templates:
Design templates have a clothsetter cross hair mark. This mark indicates the center of the design and can be used for accurate design placement.
The arrow at the top of the cross hair mark indicates the direction of the design.

For MA Macro Hoop and Giga Hoop designs, a number 1 or 2 will be placed above the cross hair, indicating the hoop and sewing position of the design.
An eyelet punch is a great tool to create holes in the templates and can make fabric marking easier.?


Punch holes in the center of the cross hair lines, and then at the ends of both cross hair bars.

Position template on the fabric and place dots on the fabric using the holes in the template.
Use the marked dots, fabric marker and straight edge ruler to lightly mark the cross hair lines onto the fabric.

Sewing Instructions Stocking Band:
Prepare the stocking band while the Paisley designs are sewing.
1. With right side of fabric facing up, mark the first line 1 inch from the edge of the fabric.
2. Mark the second line 1/2 inch from the first line.
3. Mark the third line 1 inch from the previous line.
4. Repeat until there is approximately 1 inch remaining at the bottom of the fabric.

1. When embroidery is completed for all paisley designs, place the machine in sewing mode.
2. Wind one bobbin with the ivory sewing thread, wind one bobbin with black embroidery thread and set aside.
3. Thread the machine with gold metallic thread. Check that the bobbin in the machine is filled with Janome embroidery bobbin thread.
4. Recommended stitch patterns based on MC11K Special edition pattern menus. ?Select pattern 91 from the Decorative Stitch menu.

?You can quickly locate this stitch menu using the Quick Menu key on the LCD screen.

5. Decrease the upper thread tension by approximately -2.

If bobbin thread shows on top of fabric, decrease tension in -2 increments.
6. Place the Satin Stitch (F) foot on the presser foot shank.
* ?The Janome Border Guide foot, shown below, provides better visibility when sewing decorative stitches. The horizontal and vertical lines allow for stitching to be easily aligned.
7. At a medium sewing speed, sew one row of gold stitching in every other 1/2 inch section on the ?stocking band.

The stitching should sit evenly between the two marked lines. Use the edges of the presser foot as ?an aligning guide when sewing.
TIP: When nearing the end of the fabric, press the Lock stitch key to complete the current pattern ?and stop sewing automatically.
Turn on the automatic thread cutter and top and bobbin threads will be trimmed automatically when ?the pattern is completed.
If you experience fabric puckering or pulling when sewing decorative stitches, try placing a layer of ?light tear-away backing under the fabric.

8. When all rows of gold stitching have been completed, thread the machine with the black ?embroidery thread and place a bobbin wound with black thread into the bobbin case.
9. Locate and open the Heirloom menu containing pattern 31.

10. On the LCD screen, locate and touch the Program key.

You are now ready to begin creating a stitch pattern combination.
11. Select pattern 31. One copy of the pattern will display on the LCD screen.

12. Select pattern 31. Two copies of the pattern will display on the LCD screen.

13. Select pattern 34. Three stitch patterns will display on the LCD screen.

14. At a medium sewing speed and using black embroidery thread, sew one row of the combined stitch patterns in every other 1/2 inch section on the stocking band.
You finished band should look similar to this.

If desired, save the newly created stitch pattern to the machine memory, USB drive or PC Card.
15. When sewing is completed, touch the Program key to remove the combined stitches from the LCD screen and return to regular sewing mode.
16. If tear-away backing was used for decorative stitches, gently remove any excess backing from stocking band. If necessary, use pressing cloth and press the stocking band.
Sewing Instructions Stocking Band Tucks:
1. Touch the Utility Stitch key. Stitch pattern 1, the straight stitch should be selected by default.

2. Thread the machine with all-purpose sewing thread and change the bobbin in the machine to one wound with all-purpose sewing thread.
3. Place the Standard presser foot (A) on the presser foot shank.
The MC11K Special Edition comes with a Cloth Guide. If you have upgraded your machine to Version 3.0 by adding the Professional Quilting Kit, you can set the Cloth Guide at a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

To utilize this tool:
• Attach the Cloth Guide to the embroidery arm. ?• Touch the adjust key on the LCD screen?• Set the Cloth Guide position to 12 mm. ?• Press OK to register the position and close ?the Adjust window.
4. Use the first set of marked lines, after the decorative stitching to create the tucks. ?Fold fabric between the lines creating a 1/2 inch tuck.

5. Finger press and pin as needed.
6. Sew tuck using a straight stitch and a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
7. Finger press tuck towards raw edge.
8. Fold fabric between next set of lines to create another 1/2 inch tuck.

9. When sewing additional tucks, keep tucks on top of fabric.
This will ensure they do not accidently become sewn together.
10. Repeat steps 4-9 until you reach the last row of stitching. Use pressing cloth and press all tucks to one side.
11. Use fabric marker and mark lines through all tucks every 4 inches.

At sides, measure 1/4 inch from raw edges and use fabric marker to mark lines.
If the Cloth Guide was used, remove the guide from the embroidery arm and park the arm.
12. Touch the Buttonhole menu key and then select pattern 14, the Button Sew On Program. The machine feed dogs will automatically drop.

13. Press the Adjust button and change the stitch width to 2.0mm.??14. Place the Button Sewing foot (T) on the presser foot shank.
15. Starting from the center marked line, at the top of the stocking band, use the Button Sew On ?program to stitch the first tuck to the fabric.

Finger press the tuck towards the raw edge of the fabric.
16. Align the top of the tuck with the inside edge of the presser foot. Align the marked line on the fabric with the left inside edge of the presser foot arm.
17. Begin sewing. The Button Sew On Program will automatically stop sewing and place lock stitches.
The tuck is attached to the fabric
18. Align the top of the next two tucks and pin together. Place the pin approximately 1/4 inch to the right side of the marked line.

This will keep the needle from hitting the pin during sewing.
19. Align the top of the tucks with the inside edge of the presser foot. Align the marked line on the fabric with the left inside edge of the presser foot arm.

20. Begin sewing. The Button Sew On Program will automatically stop sewing and place lock stitches.
The two tucks are attached to each other.
21. Repeat steps 18-20 for remaining tucks along the center marked line.
22. For the right and left marked lines, begin at the bottom of the band and use the Button Sew On program to stitch the first tuck to the fabric.
23. Repeat steps 16-21 and attach remaining tucks.
Tucks should look similar to this:

24. For marked lines 1/4 inch from ends, begin at the top of the band and create tucks following the steps 15-21. For more pronounced tucks, try spacing tucks 2-3 inches apart.
Tucks should look similar to this:

25. Measure from the edge of the decorative stitches and trim top and bottom of band so that there is a 1/2 seam remaining.
Creating Lace Border
1. Thread the machine with the metallic gold embroidery thread and change the bobbin in the machine to one wound with Shimmering Gold embroidery thread.
2. Touch the Adjust key and change the stitch width to 4.0 mm.
3. With right sides facing up, align the side edges of the lace embroidery pieces, and carefully place?them under the presser foot.

The top edge of the lace should be slightly under the foot and the aligned edges should be off center, ?to the left of the foot.
4. Lower the needle into the lace by turning the hand wheel towards you until the needle has entered the lace.
Continue turning hand wheel towards you to ensure that the right swing of the needle will sew through the second piece of lace. Adjust lace position if necessary
5. Begin sewing. The Button Sew On program will create a strong zigzag stitch and connect the lace sections.
6. Raise presser foot and slide lace half way under the presser foot. Create a second attachment point.
7. Repeat steps 3-6 for the remaining lace piece. Set lace aside.
Sewing Instructions Stocking:
1. Measure and mark 1/2 inch from the bottom of the stocking band. This is the bottom edge seam allowance.
2. With right sides together, and lace ends toward the center of the band, pin lace into place along ?the 1/2 inch marked seam line, so that the top bar on the lace falls into the seam line.

3. Carefully sew lace in place along the seam allowance. The stitching should fall to the left of the top lace bar, and not through it.
4. Trim excess lace from end of band. Apply Fray Block™ to the cut edge of the lace trim.

5. With right sides together, place the 16x5 inch muslin fabric on top of the stocking band. Align the bottom raw edge of the band with the bottom raw edge of the muslin.
6. Sew together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

7. Turn muslin lining to back of stocking and press into place.
8. With wrong sides together, align top raw edges of the muslin and stocking band. Sew together ?using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
9. Select stitch pattern 10, the overcast stitch.
10. Place the Overcast Presser foot C on the presser foot shank.
11. Overcast both raw side edges.
12. Select Stitch pattern 1, the straight stitch. Place the standard presser foot on the presser foot shank.

14. With right sides together, align the side edges of the stocking band. Sew side edges together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance to form band.
15. Press seam allowances open.
16. Turn stocking band right side out and set aside.
17. With wrong sides together, place the embroidered 14x19 inch taffeta on the plain 14x19 inch taffeta fabric.
18. Use the marked stocking outline as a guide and align the stocking pattern piece on top of fabric. Pin into place through both fabric layers. Cut stocking pattern from taffeta pieces.
19. With wrong sides together, sew taffeta stocking pieces together, leaving the top edge open and using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
20. Clip seam allowances along inside and outside curves taking care not to clip into stitching.

In areas along the seam allowance that have heavier embroidery, trim seam allowance to 1/3 inch.
21. Turn stocking right side out. Use pressing cloth and carefully press at seam lines.
22. With the right sides facing up, place the band around the top of the stocking.

Align the back seam with of the band with the back seam of the stocking.
23. Sew band and stocking together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
24. Fold the 2x6 inch taffeta fabric in 1/2 along the 6 inch length. Press.
25. Open the pressed taffeta and fold the edges inward to the pressed line. Press in place.
26. Fold in half once more and press in place.
27. Sew pressed edges together, close to the pressed outside edge. This is the hang tag?for the stocking.
28. Fold tag in half lengthwise. Pin in place at the back stocking seam, aligning raw edges with the top of the stocking.

29. Sew in place inside of the seam allowance.
30. Sew lining pieces together leaving an opening between marked circles and at the top edges.
31. Trim seam allowances around inside and outside curves.
32. Slip the taffeta stocking body inside of the lining so that right sides are together.
33. Align front and back seams, of lining and stocking body. Pin in place.
34. Sew lining to stocking using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
35. Pull taffeta stocking to top through the opening in the stocking seam.
36. Turn the lining right side out using the opening in the stocking seam.
37. Press along seams. Whip stitch opening in lining closed.
38. Gently push lining inside of taffeta stocking.
39. Hang on the fireplace and wait for Santa to fill it with great Janome Sewing Accessories. ?

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