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Christmas Trims

divaglam | Posted in Fabric and Trim on


Ant tips for sewing trim(the thick furry kind) on Christmas stockings and such? My machine seems to hate sewing sequins, velcro and anything of the like, so I thought I would ask for help before I attempt it! Some of the trim will be wrapped around both sides of the fabric.  Will this get jammed up in the feed dogs? Any tips are appreciated. Thanks!


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    Becky-book | | #1

    Would it be just to horrid to suggest fabric glue?


    1. divaglam | | #2

      Well, I had thought of that, but some of these things are costumes that will be worn.  I thought the fabric glue might be a little horrid in that case!!  For stockings, I am all bout the glue!!  Thanks for your suggestion!

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        Becky-book | | #3

        In that case, practice on some scraps. Try putting a piece of tissue paper over the fur if it must be next to the feed dogs.  Or re-think the placement of the fur so that the pile is always next to another fabric.  If you can, try to make sure the pile's direction is away from the seam, and after sewing a seam, use a pin to loosen any hairs that got trapped by mistake.

        Hope this helps,


        1. divaglam | | #4

          oooh...good idea with the tissue paper! I will try that! Thanks.

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    blondie2sew | | #5

    Hi I just saw your thread and I would love to jump in

    I have made many of Christmas stockings and I have worked with all sorts of materials and trims.....boa, fur, fringe,beaded, sequins and so on.
    Check out my thread in the gallery I posted some of my stockings there

    First I didn't give myself a chance to think about the trim I just sewed and dealt with the challenges later...

    Your needle (the type is a huge deal)

    Your foot will be a consideration depending on what you are working on

    I have sewn my trim on just the front as well as both sides and All I can say is take your time I believe the other post suggested to keep a pin handy to push down your fur that is great another idea is to careful trim out the thickness of the fur at the point you know you will be sewing then fluff it back up again!!

    I have had a huge success with trims not just for stockings but for applying trims and sequins and such to anything with the use of Creative feet......they are a feet for any machine and If you like you can see them at


    I hope I was making sense to you and let me know if I need to clarify anything for you!!

    I also found sewing the trim on the cuff before attaching the cuff to the stocking helped a great deal!!


    1. divaglam | | #6


      Well, first of all, your stocings are absolutely beautiful.  I love the one with the angels!

      Thanks for replying.  I talked to one of the women at viking and she told me which needle to use, and to reduce the pressor foot pressure.  I used tear-away stabilizer on the feed dog side, and it worked fine.  I just had to fluff the fur up a little when I was finished. 

      I checked out the Creative Feet.  They look so great!  Can the satin foot really do lettuce edging on a regular machine? I thought this could only be done on a serger.

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        blondie2sew | | #7

        I believe so I really haven't tried that technique yet..I have had my creative feet for years and years and now I am just beginning to utilize them!! I have the video and all the feet and the workbook manual.What the video and the workbook says it is all about your tension!!
        I have a serger and I haven't ventured that technique yet.So even though I haven't tried it myself I have seen her at a Rusty Barn sewing expo and it was done!! I have used my sequins and ribbons feet and of course my satin foot to do applique. and my pearls and piping foot too. all are great.I used that foot this year to do my Turkey Placemats which I have also posted and last year I didn't. I used my normal foot and the Creative foot satin one made all the difference in the world this year. The look is clean and going around the circle was amazing........very smooth. I was really impressed and to think I have had these feet for like ages she actually had infomercials on them and that is when I bought them or was it when she was peddling them on one of the home shopping channels can't remember...anyway didn't touch them until I saw her 2 years ago and then I took them out..Bought the video too (didn't have dvd at the time) So That is my opinion on these feet that is why I suggested them to you!! Especially if you like embellishing and working with trims and suchI hope this answered some of your questions. Clare (founder/owner of creative feet) is a really great gal and I have emailed her several times and she has responded every time so customer service is great and you are not alone when you get your new feetGlad you figured out the technique!! I would love to see what you were working on post some pictures for all of us to get inspired and oh and ah over them too!! Happy Sewing

      2. woodywoodpecker598 | | #8

        The satin foot is used for lettuce edge on the sewing machine as far as I know, I have never tried to do it on the serger, I'll have to give it a shot. See what an inspiring idea you have!   Anyway, using a stretchy material and a satin foot , stretch your material as far as you can while you are sewing and presto! when you are done and it's a lettuce edge. Now if you know how to do it on a serger, could you please clue me in? I have lots to learn on that machine! 

        1. divaglam | | #10

          Well, It seems that I need this satin foot!! I do not have a serger, so I have never tried it , but I saw it done at the Viking studio.  I think it depends on the machine.  The one a saw was a four-thread and it did lettuce edging beautifully. 

      3. user-51823 | | #9

        glad there's been so many great replies. just wanted to add, just because you are working on costumes to be worn does not mean that glue won't work. i have had success on costumes using Sobo, hot glue and Fabri-tac for everything from embellishments to emergency quick repairs. all dry smooth to the touch, unlike fray-check whick is scratchy. it ain't Haute couture, but when when visual Bang is the priority and there's just not enough time, glue will do.

        Edited 11/21/2006 8:30 pm ET by msm-s

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