Stitching a name on a stocking cuff is something almost every embroiderer is called upon to do during the holiday season. Most cuffs are faux fur with long fibers that can creep over embroidery obstructing the beautiful stitches. On Saturday, I showed how to use Perfect Embroidery Pro digitizing software to create a light complex fill to hold down long fibers of faux fur.
Now let’s take a look at how to stitch it. On a single needle machine, you’ll have to open the side seam of the cuff to flatten it (and possibly a portion of the stocking). Find the horizontal center of the cuff and place a target sticker in that position. Point the arrow towards the top of the cuff (where it meets the stocking) so that the word will stitch in the correct orientation.
Hoop adhesive tear-away stabilizer and remove the protective paper. Place the cuff on the hooped stabilizer, keeping the straight edge parallel to the hoop. I like to rest the body of the stocking over the pantograph as it has less chance of falling into the sewing field. If there’s a hanging loop, pin it to the stocking.
Stitch color 1, the light complex fill, in a thread color that matches the cuff.
This color’s only function is to hold down the nap of the fur. It should virtually disappear after the decorative embroidery is applied. If you look closely at the image, you’ll notice I changed threads in the center section. The outside sections are stitched in a 40 wt. polyester thread – with the traditional sheen of an embroidery thread. The center section was stitched in our Retro Vintage thread – 40 wt., a matte finish. I think it disappears quite nicely. In fact, I can’t wait to try it on towels. Anyway, back to the task at hand.
Stitch the next color in traditional thread and you’re done!
No topper to remove, just tear it away from the hooped stabilizer and it’s ready to hang. How many stockings have you stitched this holiday season?