Category Archives: Accessories

How great to have a grandmother like Kerstin!

July 1, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

Before jumping into the projects of this week, I am now very happy to be able to show you a sneak peek of the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing and embroidery machine and now you can even see some small parts of the dress I talked about last week. Click here to have a look >>

Kerstin is one of our sewing experts in the sewing studio here at the office in Huskvarna creating many of our sewing projects for machine launches. Kerstin has a loving grandson she usually picks up once a week and they have a cosy afternoon together. Kerstin always makes pancakes for Oscar when she has picked him up, and I am sure that he loves to be with his grandmother.

Last week, Kerstin started to teach Oscar how to sew! With time he will be very skilled, and on top of his private lessons with Grand Mother, he will be going to take textile lessons in school. Sewing will be a new exciting experience. As you can see in the pictures, Oscar is doing fantastic. He practiced sewing on several of our sewing machines. He learned how to embroider and he also tried our overlock machines.

Oscar and Kerstin created the most fantastic pillow with an embroidery of a red sports car.  This car is a design from the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #159 called “Wheels for Everyone”.


Inserting the zipper was done by using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Narrow Zipper Foot, (4125657-45). You can see in the pictures how Kerstin taught Oscar how to pin the zipper in place before sewing. In the Accessory Catalogue you can find instructions on how to use the foot on page 20.

Thanks Oscar and Kerstin for sharing your sewing. I can’t wait to see what will come next!

My sewing will be displayed later, as it is still a secret (a fantastic and innovative new embroidery collection from HUSQVARNA VIKING®!). I have taken pictures and will share them with all of you in August when the embroideries are available. Until then I will be sewing in Greece with my mother in law. We gave her a HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing machine for her 70th birthday, and let me tell you, she has never ever been happier about a present before. It will also be useful for me as I have started plenty of sewing projects to be able to have some new outfits for my trip to US in July.

I will be back with a new update later in July just before I will travel to the US and I wish you all a fantastic “sewing” during this summer!

Relax and have fun!

Lena

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

Great fun with free-motion yarn couching!

May 12, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

Hi!

My name is Rasmus and I am a collegue of Lena. I am the guest blogger of the week and will be filling in for Lena as she is away this week travelling. Some previous projects of mine can be found below in the blog under “The Wedding Gift!” (Mars 19) and “Vive Moi!” (February 12).

When I first saw the cool HUSQVARNA VIKING® embroidery collection #212 Majestic Cutwork (avaliable on Myembroideries.com) I knew I wanted to make something different with it. At that time I had some boring curtains I had bought at the store, and I decided to try to use this embroidery collection to make myself some new curtains and matching pillows.

As this embroidery is built for having areas cut away where the material behind can shine through I decided to go for black (faux leather) for my curtains and then have a lime green plain curtain behind. The machine first marks up where to cut and after one has done so (watch out so you don’t cut the plastic stabilizer) it puts a satin border above it.

I then made pillows in the same style by using the same embroidery, and other smaller separate pieces from the same collection. Instead of cutting out the intended parts I just hit the “stop” button and let the machine do the work while I busied myself with other things!

While I was quite proud of myself for making these items I got my steam up and decided to make myself some more pillows in the same colors by using the awesome Yarn Couching Feet Set! After setting the machine to free-motion and loading the yarn into the hooks on the backside and into the foot it’s all just great fun. It looks almost like liquid silver (depending on what yarn you choose I guess!) when you sew the yarn to the project in high speed. I made one black pillow with silver yarn and one green with black and silver yarn to go with the curtain and the other pillows

I like the results of my efforts, and I really enjoyed the professional looking result of the embroidery collection and the great fun of free-motion yarn couching!

You should definitely try it out yourself!

Rasmus

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send Lena an email: lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com (English only).

Endless fun!

April 7, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Embroidery, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

Several questions were asked about the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Hoop, so I wanted to give you some additional information on how to work with it and why it is so great to have!

To work with the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Hoop, you need to have a software version in your embroidery machine that does recognise the embroidery hoop, so it is included in the list of available embroidery hoops. All of the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Designer series machines can be updated online.
 
Go to the machine updates page to get the latest update!
How to use the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Hoop, step by step:
(This example shows how to do it on the DESIGNER DIAMOND™, but it is very similar with all the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Designer machines and the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Platinum 950E).

1. Sew the first embroidery. The last stitch that is created is the alignment stitch. This is the most important stitch to keep track of!

2. When the embroidery has finished, and the Designer Diamond is asking if you want to clear the screen, click on the close button (Cancel – do not clear the screen).

3. Open the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Hoop, and pull the finished embroidery away from you.

4. Keep the fabric and stabiliser aligned with the ruler on the right side.

5. Click plus, on the stitch count, two times. First time it is recognising the hoop and the second time it is moving to the alignment stitch.

6. Bring the needle down by turning the hand wheel, exactly on the alignment stitch, and tighten the hoop.

7. Tighten the fabric, and stabiliser, and press the start button again.

8. Run as many embroideries as you need for your project.

Pictured here is the newest HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection# 208, “Endless Cotton Lace”. I have sewn one insertion lace to add on a dress that I am making, and I have sewn the edge lace to add around the hem of the same dress. The two laces are matching buddies! I will sew more of these, because they are wonderful. A little hint is to use the Top Stitch needle, size 90, which has got a larger eye, as the embroideries are made for 30 weight cotton thread.

I did find another small Easter project I did teach here at the office when I was new employed. We had an internal training on the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Designer I, which was the top of the line embroidery machine at that time. A fantastic embroidery machine, I still remember how fascinated I was, when the embroidery was running, I was sitting next to it drinking my coffee and watching the cursor on the interactive screen, how it was moving as the embroidery was growing on the fabric.

This is what I created then – A quick little pot holder. It says “Happy Easter” in Swedish on it. The embroidery design is coming from HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #4, “Holidays”. As you can see I have used it a lot in my kitchen during the Easter. Since the Easter holidays already is over for this time you can always create a pot holder with any embroidery you like or create one like mine and use for next Easter.

Kerstin has finished a coat this week, and it looks fantastic on her. Here is a little picture of how she did adjust the hem of the lining. She put the dress form on our iron table, and did make sure it had a perfect length.

Here is how the finished coat is looking on Kerstin. No doubt, when you are sewing your own garment, you will be able to get a garment that does fit your own body.

Happy sewing!

Lena

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com (English only).

Appliqué – how to!

February 26, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Embroidery, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

This week has been very fun, with a lot of meetings as I am involved in so many fantastic projects. However, most of them are not possible to write about yet. What I can say right now is that you will be seeing a lot of new products coming this year, all kind of projects. You will probably not believe it but we are already preparing for Christmas!This week’s sewing consists of making a small present for one of my friends, made in the embroidery hoop. This magic design collection is called HUSQVARNA VIKING® “Pretty Purses in the Hoop” (#171). I made it in my friend’s favorit color, red. Before I put the red silk in the embroidery hoop together with the tear-away stabilizer, I did add an iron-on batting on the fabric to create a better stability and body of the purse. I used one color instead of three, as I love this black metallic thread. The best option for metallic threads is to use a needle with a bigger eye. An INSPIRA™ Topstitch needle is my recommendation. To lower the speed when embroidering can sometimes make a better result and avoid thread breaks. This is however not always necessary, as it depends on the elasticity of the metallic thread. Don´t forget to check back next week to see the result.

My daughter Athina had a day off from school this week and came with me to work, She started on a new sewing project; a new hood sweater. She selected a black fluffy polyester fabric that is very soft. To add a personal touch she added an appliqué. Here is the result, I think she did great!

Sewing appliqués are easy if you have got the right tools. The best presser foot to use is the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Open Toe Foot (412 80 09-45), or in clear plastic HUSQVARNA VIKING® Open Toe Foot (413 03 19-45). Read more about the feet in the accessory catalogue, page 59. I can honestly say that this presser foot is one of the top ten presser feet there are. In my opinion a “must have”. It is great that they fit on all our sewing machine groups.

This is how you do appliqués:

  • Select a picture to use or make your own drawing for the appliqué.
  • Print out a copy of the drawing.
  • Copy the drawing on to a double faced iron-on stabiliser using a pen. 
  • Cut the iron on stabiliser around your drawing.
  • Iron on the stabiliser on the wrong side of the appliqué fabric.
  • Cut out the appliqué.
  • Pull off the paper of the iron on stabiliser and iron it on the project, or garment at the position of your choice.
  • Sew with a satin stitch around the edge using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Open Toe Foot, and a tear-away under the fabric (please see picture of Athina sewing with p.foot)
  • Sew other details with sewing machine stitches, or add small appliqués of fabric for details too.

Have fun and enjoy your sewing!  

Best wishes
Lena

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com (English only).

Spin Around!

February 19, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

I really hope that you will all get a chance to try the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Ribbon Feet Set. I have used it and it is very easy to spin around and create decorative ribbon embellishments. The Ribbon Feet Set, comes in three different sizes. When you use it you should choose the size that accommodates your ribbon in the best way, meaning that it should feed the ribbon in a good way. In order to get the best result you should use an iron-on stabilizer or a tear-away stabilizer underneath. Depending on the fabric, more or less stabilizer is needed. My recommendation is to always test on a scrap piece of the fabric, before you sew on your real project.

In the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Ribbon Feet Set kit you will find a user’s instruction plus an instruction movie and an inspirational slideshow, so you won’t be stuck without any help! There are so many possibilities with the Ribbon Feet Set. You can use it to decorate your garments, pillows, tote bags or where ever you like to add a little special ribbon decoration.

Below you can see some pictures I have taken on some really nice things that have been sewn by one of my friends, Barbara. Barbara is working at our development team here in Huskvarna and she is creating many of the beautiful sewing machine stitches, which is added for new presser feet for example. Here you can see her skirt (my favourite), a top, a quilt block and a tote bag. They are so nice!

Ribbons that fits the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Ribbon Feet Set is sizes between ¼”- ½” (6mm- 13.5mm), preferable flat ribbons. The Inspira® Ribbon Kit in neutral or bright colours are perfect to use because these ribbons have a very good size for the Ribbon Feet. The ribbons are available in both amazing vibrant colour shades as well as in different textures. I thought it would be easiest to use the Ribbon Feet Set in free motion sewing mode, but found out that it is just as easy to sew with the regular straight stitch. Note: If you are going to create a swirl or a spiral, start in the center and work your way out.

Happy spin around sewing!

Best wishes
Lena

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com (English only).

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    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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