Supplies: Socks – any type or size Heat or Water Soluable Stabilizer (HS or WS) Sticky Stabilizer Hoop of your choice (I use the FA Janome hoop because I can get two hoopings from one slip of Sticy Stabilize Easy Sock Tool Target Stickers Embroidery Design Thread to Match ( if one color I like to use the same thread in my bobbin) Little clips if you have them (just for a little extra hold)
Prep your machine Clean New Needle (I use an Embroidery 90) Thread the Needle Thread the Bobbin
Prep your hoop Before hooping DO NOT PEAL THE STICKY COVER OFF Hoop your sticky stabilizer (I prefer Floriani – but this sample is Sulky that I am using up) Next score the paper cover of your sticky all around the inside of the hoop with a pin and lift off carefully
Prepare your sock Place the two socks together heel to heel Decide where you want the design to fall Mark that spot with a target sticker on both socks (left/ right outside of leg) If the design has a top and bottom – mark the top with a pin. (This is so your sock lays right in the hoop and does not lay sideways – if you think you will always know – THINK AGAIN – I will be glad to tell you how I know. Turn the sock inside out keeping the target sticker in place (hold and look to see it stays in place)
Procedure Put the Sock Easy on the tool centering your target sticker between the outside post. Once on the post place it on your sticky aligning your target sticker with your hoop markers. Remove the target sticker and a pin if you had place one to mark the top. Slip a piece of WS or HS and just hold in place for a few stitches.
Carefully take to your machine and stitch out (stay with the machine)
Carefully remove ( so you can use this piece of stabilizer again)
Turn Right side out and match to the other sock for a true alignment Adjust the target sticker if necessary Repeat the process Iron or wash away the top stabilizer
If you are doing a sock with a cuff – DO NOT TURN THE SOCK INSIDE OUT… BUT mark the cuff with a target sticker and then unfold so the target sticker is inside and proceed as above.