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Attach Quarters to the V-Stay

This video is part of our "How to Make an L.L.Bean Boot" series, showing how our bootmakers are trained to make our famous L.L.Bean Boots right here in Maine.

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This video demonstrates how to attach the boot quarters to the V-stay.

Here's what the three pieces look like when they're stitched together using the zigzag machine. This becomes the back of the boot top for both the 10" and the 16" Bean Boots. We'll first demonstrate with the pieces for the 10" boot.

Stage your work right-side up. Place the V-stays next to the machine, the left quarters to the right, and the right quarters to the left. The bottom of the quarters face away from you. Verify that the thread color is correct on both the machine and the bobbin. Now, turn on the machine, then heel back to raise the presser foot.

Starting with the bottom of the left quarter and a V-stay, line the ends up evenly and place them under the presser foot, just beyond the needle. Make sure the ends are still even, with the pin guide between them. The pin guide keeps the pieces centered under the presser foot.

When you're ready to stitch, press the pedal forward, and the machine automatically sews the tack stitches. Notice the V-stay overlaps the quarter. The pin guide will separate the two pieces as you stitch. There's no need to hold on to the V-stay at this point, but make sure the quarter stays against the pin. Stitch just beyond the end of the V-stay, then heel back to tack.

Now you will attach the right quarter to the V-stay. Line up the ends and place them under the presser foot just beyond the needle. Make sure the ends are still even, with the pin guide between them. Notice this quarter overlaps the V-stay.

When you're ready to sew, press the pedal forward to tack stitch. As you stitch, hold the sides and lift up slightly to help keep the edges against the pin guide. If the edges are not against the pin guide, you will get a gap in the seam, especially at the point of the V-stay. At the end, notice how the edges curve away from the pin guide. You need to pull the edges in against the pin, while keeping the ends even. Then, heel back to tack stitch. Remove the completed piece and inspect the stitching. The ends must be even, top and bottom, and the seams must be flat. Set the completed piece aside.

Take the next quarter and V-stay and line the ends up evenly. Place them under the presser foot, just beyond the needle. The ends should be even, with the pin guide between them. Notice the V-stay overlaps the quarter. The pin guide separates the two pieces as you stitch. Press the pedal forward to tack stitch. Keep the quarter against the pin while letting go of the V-stay. Stitch just beyond the end of the V-stay. Then heel back to tack.

Now attach the right quarter to the V-stay. Line up the ends and place them under the presser foot just beyond the needle. Make sure the ends are still even, with the pin guide between them. Press the pedal forward to tack stitch. Notice the quarter overlaps the V-stay. Remember to keep the edges against the pin guide. If they're not against the pin, you will get gaps in the seam. Notice how the edges curve away from the pin guide at the end. Pull the edges in against the pin, while keeping the ends even. Then, heel back to tack.

Always inspect your stitching. The ends must be even and the seams must be flat. If the ends are not even, or if there are gaps in the seam, you will need to take it apart and start again.

Continue stitching all of the quarters and V-stays.

The quarters and V-stay for the 16" boot are sewn the same way as the 10" boot. The pieces are longer, so you'll need to manipulate them a bit more to keep the edges against the pin guide. Make sure there are no gaps in the seams and the ends are even.

Always inspect your stitching. Remember to turn your machine off when you are finished.