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« on: October 27, 2009 10:40:43 AM »

Since I took the day off to relax, of course, I'm spending it crafting!  (What?  Yelling at the sewing machine isn't relaxing?  Really?)

Anyhoodle, I have completed my very first stocking without using a pattern.  That might have saved me a little while, honestly, but I won't bore you with the numerous errors I made in the construction.  Regardless, I'm pleased with the end result (even if there's now a teeny dot of ... something on the back ... I have no idea how it got there, but oh well)!

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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2009 11:06:41 AM »


Without using a pattern? I'm impressed! It came out perfect.
Now you just have to make one for every member of the family.

I spent so much time yelling at my sewing machine it's now in an extended time-out. It's been about a year now.
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2009 11:41:28 AM »

Thank you so much!  We won't get into the copious use of the seam ripper or the time I spent staring at the pieces, hoping that inspiration for how to fix my mess would strike (eventually it did!)

And ha - yes, sometimes I definitely want to put my machine in time out.  Then again, maybe I'm the one who should go sit by myself someplace quiet!
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2009 11:50:33 AM »

Nice job!  I've made a few stockings using my own pattern and cursed my way though the lack of written directions.  ARG!  I always have to accept that it's operator error and not the machine, though.   ARG!  The hardest part (and one I've yet to figure out AND remember for the next time) is getting the lining in w/o having an obvious turning seam.  I think I've given up and allow one in the inside of the toe.  Sigh.
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2009 12:00:31 PM »

Nice job!  I've made a few stockings using my own pattern and cursed my way though the lack of written directions.  ARG!  I always have to accept that it's operator error and not the machine, though.   ARG!  The hardest part (and one I've yet to figure out AND remember for the next time) is getting the lining in w/o having an obvious turning seam.  I think I've given up and allow one in the inside of the toe.  Sigh.

Thanks you!

Oh, it was totally operator error on all of the problems, but Denial is such a nice place this time of year!  I did the pieces separately - the lining is blue with gold stars (Mom picked out all three fabrics though she didn't know why).  I pieced it together like I do purses - I put the lining in and then sew about a 1/4 down from the "rim" of the stocking.  It actually isn't very noticeable, though I might try another way next time (for more headaches, probably!)
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2009 12:27:01 PM »

I think your way is the correct way, I just thought that there HAD to be a way that it could all come together with some magical ordering and turning.  Of course a few I've made are vinyl "boots" and needed top stitching anyway.
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2009 01:54:29 PM »

Perfect shape for no pattern! You and I would make good buddies. I either go by tutorials, imagination, or if I'm feeling a little bit orderly sometimes I'll sketch out my own quick pattern (if it's only one or two pieces!) haha!
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2009 06:25:37 PM »

You really ought to make a number of them, since you now seem to be on a roll.
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2009 01:52:31 PM »

Thank you all so much!  I just may have to make some for the various pets in the family and then start on the extended family who live out of state.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2009 06:22:20 PM »

That is a cute stocking.  I make a few each year to replace old ones.  Hopefully I will get all of my stockings to match some year...but the family keeps growing.  YIKES.  Keep up the great work.
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