Category Archives: Accessories

Quick tablecloth!

June 25, 2012, Posted in Accessories, Home Dec, SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis

To add more personality, make your sewing project in your favorit color and joyful fabrics.

Our apartment in China was already furnished when we moved in. To make it more personalised I have started to sew some small items. First thing, is this table cloth in my favorit color turquoise. I cut all pieces 5 inches by 5 inches and created a small square.


I will add a thin layer of batting and have a dark blue fabric as backing. I will “stitch in the ditch” with the Husqvarna Viking® Presser foot “Clear Stitch-in- Ditch Foot # 412927446.
An excellent foot to use for clear visibility and sewing in the ditch.

Here is the instruction in the online Husqvarna Viking® accessory catalogou, on how to use it! 

http://www.e-magin.se/v5/viewer/files/viewer_t.aspx?gKey=03g36b4g

Select page 61!

If you live in Sweden, you can participate in a sewing competition !
Find out more here:

http://husqvarnaviking.com/se/26141.htm

Great prices to win!
Happy Sewing!

Happy Anniversary- HUSQVARNA VIKING®140 Years!

February 14, 2012, Posted in Accessories, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

To celebrate our 140 year anniversary, we are today launching a limited edition: the HUSQVARNA VIKING®Tribute™ sewing machines. Two wonderful sewing machines, in lovely red!  

First of the anniversary models is this beautiful HUSQVARNA VIKING® Tribute™ 140C.

 Sewing machine Tribute™ 140 M is as beautiful in red as the above. 

Find out more and see the beautiful sewing machines:www.husqvarnaviking.com/us/

Wish you all a Happy Valentines day and Happy Sewing!

New trip to London!

July 1, 2011, Posted in Accessories, Design Collection, Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

I will be travelling to London to be part of creating videos for the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Embroidery system. Of course I need to have nice outfits for this purpose. I bought a new top to use for the videos.

Here is how I decided to add some embroideries! Before choosing I went and searched for embroidery designs by using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Embroidery Design catalogue online. Super tool! It is “sew” easy and fun to be able to select this way. The embroidery is coming from HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #165 “Venetian Embroideries”.

I always print out a template to see if the size of the embroidery is good and to put it in the right position of the garment. Select colors and then run the embroideries. Then I hoop only the stabiliser, and use the basting around the design.

Here is the top:

Image of the top with the embroideries

Available in the same way, online is the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Accessory catalogue. Fantastic, including small videos of how to use some of the accessories, search function and much more. Use it online or download it from the web to your pc or laptop.

Happy Sewing!

If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please write a comment below or contact:
lena.kantis@europe.svpworldwide.com

Decorative Stitches and Needle Effects.

September 3, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

France was wonderful. I was only away for three days, if I count the total travel, but it is always such a great happy feeling and energy to get to see new places, as well as the people and my friends in the sales company.

And a big WOW for me was when managed to travel on my own with train and bus from Avignon to Marseille Airport. The first thing that happened on this trip was that the lady in the ticket office said this to me: – I do not understand any English. I simply had to use my poor French and managed to get the person to understand what I wanted. (I certainly need to practise my French a bit more, it’s such a beautiful language.)

This week I am going to prepare for my next trip and that will be to Drammen in Norway, near Oslo. There I will have workshops and a presentation of the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery System for the Norweigan dealers. I will make some more samples before I go, so I will need to start to sew the embroideries now. I have forget to tell you about the videos in the 5D Learning Center. They explain many of the features of the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery System.

The dresscode for the Nordic sales company meetings are going to be sewn clothes in a color code of: Black, white and red. However we can sew anything we like, which is good! I have decided to create a jacket and a new dress. I hope I will get them both done by next week. (Remember always shoot for the Stars – and you will always get at least to the moon.)

The jacket is going to be embellished with decorative stitches sewn with a twin needle. I thought it could be a good idea to let you see what you can do by using different kinds of sewing machine needles. (There are many more needles to choose from in your store!) Here are some of the different possibilities:

• Inspira Wingneedle.

Wing needle is great for decorative hem stitching on tightly woven natural fiber fabrics. The “wing” creates small holes by separating the fibers, when used with hemstitches, like the entredeux stitch.

• Inspira Top Stitch Needle.

Can be used in the same way as the Wing needle, and it will create holes that is slightly smaller than created by the Wing needle.
It’s great when you want to hem a pair of jeans using a heavier jeans thread or cotton thread.

Note: You need to have a stabiliser underneath the fabric when you use any of those two needles.

• Inspira Twin Needle.

I have taken pictures of my test piece of different stitches using the twin needle, and a detail of a blouse we made for the HUSQVARNA VIKING® H|CLASS E10.

My sample is showing how I will decorate my jacket on the edges and sleeves.

 

I also use the Stretch Twin needle for hemming sweatshirts and t-shirts in knitted fabrics. It gives the final touch to a garment.

 
There are many different sizes of twin needles to choose from. From Twin 1.6/70 up to Twin 6.0/100. Select size depending on the weight of your fabric, and wanted look. (Choose a Stretch Twin Needle for knitted fabrics.)

Note: Make sure you select Twin Needle Safety on your sewing machine if it has got that feature. It will, once you selected your Twin needle width, limit all the stitches to that width to prevent damage to your needle. Attach the B-Foot, and use the manual for instruction how to thread the sewing machine for two threads.

If you havn’t tried those different needles before, you should. It will create a nice and personal look.

Have a great sewing week until next time!
Lena

If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please send an email to: lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com

Back @ the office!

August 13, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

I wish all of you have had a great summer! I must say we have had a fantastic warm and sunny summer in Sweden, which we are not used to have. But most of us swedes truly appreciate nice summers as it provides more energy for the autumn season!

My apologies for not being able to post much during some weeks, however I will make it up to you and from now write every week, and will let you know what I am working with and where I will travel during this autumn.

Since I wrote last time I went on vacation to Greece with my family to visit my mother in law. We do live in her house while we are there. I had a lot to at the office before the vacation which I not had time to finish so I brought some work with me, both sewing projects and paper work. For instance I had not finished the top for my sister in law in orange dupoine silk, shich you can read about in earlier blog post from June 9th. I brought it with me to Greece and finished the last interfacing around the neckline and sent it to her from there. I did also have to mend Johanna’s bathing suite, so she could use it Greece, the straps was not sewn properly so I did stitch them in place. It was good for me that we gave my mother in law a HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing machine for her 70th birthday, so I could borrow it!

Since I wrote last time I went on vacation to Greece with my family to visit my mother in law. We do live in her house while we are there. I had a lot to at the office before the vacation which I not had time to finish so I brought some work with me, both sewing projects and paper work. For instance I had not finished the top for my sister in law in orange dupoine silk, shich you can read about in earlier blog post from June 9th. I brought it with me to Greece and finished the last interfacing around the neckline and sent it to her from there. I did also have to mend Johanna’s bathing suite, so she could use it Greece, the straps was not sewn properly so I did stitch them in place. It was good for me that we gave my mother in law a HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing machine for her 70th birthday, so I could borrow it!

After Greece I went back to Sweden for two days, and then off to the USA, to attend the HUSQVARNA VIKING® convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A city that was great to visit, I might even have relatives, somewhere around there, since my grandmother had a brother and a sister that immigrated to this area. I have unfortunately not investigated in my family history, but maybe one day I will take the time to do it. I loved to see the HUSQVARNA VIKING® dealers and colleagues, and most of all it was great fun to get feedback on the products we’ve been working on for some time now. Next week I will show you more from of this!

Speciality Bobbin Case (#920 033-096).
A question that I have got from several sewers is how to adjust the thread tension of the bobbin thread, and my answer is: Do not change it! If you need to make changes, I would suggest the Specialty bobbin case that is made for use of special threads and thicknesses, yarns and braids and the possibility to adjust the tension as much as you like. No need to worry and the great thing is that it is easy to recognize as it is white. It comes with an instruction, and a screwdriver.

Read more about this accessory here (page 41)

Here comes the second tip of the week:
For our large family (including lots of relatives), we have during the years bought lot of different beds and they are in different sizes, therefore the bed linen for them are also in various sizes. (We have both King and Queen Size beds). My trick is to sew a little decorative stitch along the top edge of the bed linen that fits the Queen Size bed. In that way I can easily separate them and keep track of which I will need for each bed.

Now after the vacations and summer I have more energy and feel happy to start creating new sewing projects. Next week I will show a new innovative way of embroider, which you need to see!

Best wishes,
Lena

If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please contact me at email: lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com

  • LENA KANTIS

    Lena Kantis
    I have my office in Sweden, but I do also travel worldwide to teach and to share the Joy of Sewing. The Sew Fun! blog, is sharing all the latest HUSQVARNA VIKING® news, regarding all our sewing products. Lot of inspiration, videos, and pictures for you to get inspired by! Happy Sewing!
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