Serger Christmas Stocking
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Amy likes to use her Janome serger to create quick and easy holiday gifts. Using Butterick pattern #3330, you can achieve a variety of looks for Christmas. Amy recommends using different fabric types and cording to make each Christmas stocking individual. Santa will need to know which stocking belongs to you!
Janome Supplies Required:
- Memory Craft Compulock, MyLock 634D or MyLock 204D
- Janome Overlock thread J360
- Janome Wooly Nylon thread J304
- 3/16" Piping foot (Compulock)3/16" Piping Foot (MyLock models)
- Janome Serger needle Size 11
Fabric and Notions Required:
- Butterick Pattern #3330
- 1/2 yard Christmas print
- 1/4 yd. fabric for piping
- 1/8 yd. white fabric for cuff
- 1/4 yd. fabric for cuff piping
- 2 yds. 1/4" piping cord
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting board
- Using pattern piece #26, double layer Christmas print fabric. Cut two stocking pieces that mirror each other.
- Using your rotary cutter, cutting board and ruler, cut a 2 1/2" x length of fabric strip from the 1/4 yd. fabric for piping. This will be used to create the ruffle.
Hint: The ruffle piece may need to be shortened to fit the stocking cuff.
- Cut 3 1/2" x 14" strip of the white fabric for the cuff.
- From the remaining 1/4 yd. of fabric for piping, cut each end parallel at a 45_ angle.
- Using your ruler and a marking pen mark, draw straight lines every 1 1/2".
- Fold the fabric matching the first line you've drawn with the bottom of the opposite end of the fabric.
- Sew fabric together. This will leave you with an unmatched seam with 1/2" of fabric extending above and below where you have sewn.
- Simply cut along the lines you've drawn and you have a bias strip.
- Cut 5" x 18" strip of one of the remaining scraps for the cuff piping.
Hint: This strip may be cut on the bias as above, depending on fabric yardage remaining.
- Cut an 18" and a 36" length of piping cord.
Making the Piping:
- Set the serger for a 4 thread overlock stitch.
- Thread the needles with Overlock thread and loopers with Wooly Nylon thread.
- Set the differential feed on 1.
- Adjust the stitch length between 2 and 3.
- Set the stitch finger in S (standard) position.
Note: For MyLock 634D, set the lower looper pre-tension setting slide on lower front of machine to STD.
- Attach the 3/16" Piping foot to the serger.
- With right side out fold the bias strip around the cord so the cord is snuggly in the folded edge of the bias strip.
- Lift the presser foot up and insert the extended piece of cord in the grove of the foot with the raw edge of the fabric towards the knife.
- Begin serging making sure your cord is snugly in the fold of the bias.
- Cover remaining cord with the other strip following the same directions.
- Sandwich the long piece of piping between your stocking pieces with the right sides together. Be sure the serged edge or the piping along the raw edge of the stocking pieces.
- Using the 3/16" Piping foot, place the cord within the piping in the grove of the foot and slowly serge piping between the layers.
- Turn stocking right side out.
- Remove the left needle and thread from your serger and store it in a convenient place.
- Attach the Standard foot.
- Set your machine for a rolled hem.
Note: Refer to the Instruction Book, for instructions on setting your serger to a rolled hem.
- Serge a rolled hem close to edge of the 2 1/2" piece you are using for your ruffle.
- Return your machine to a 4 thread by inserting the left needle and thread and set at original settings.
- Set differential feed to 2 and set the stitch length to maximum.
- Serge along the raw edges of the piece you just serged.
- Return differential feed dial to 1 and stitch length between 2 and 3.
- Attach the 3/16" Piping foot.
- Sandwich the short piece of piping between the white cuff piece and the gathered edge of the ruffle.
- Serge with the cording in piping in the grove of the foot.
- Attach the Standard foot.
- Serge short side of cuff, right sides together.
- With right side of cuff to wrong side of the stock, serge cuff to stocking.
Hint: A small fabric loop can be serged in the seam between the cuff and stocking for hanging by the fireplace.
Now your stocking is ready to be hung "by the chimney with care". Enjoy!