Category Archives: Embroidery

Wheat warmer!

April 30, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

A wheat warmer is such a nice thing to give away, it is a cosy friend when you are cold or when your body is aching. This is my list of some useful areas to use a wheat warmer:

  • It is superb to comfort someone that is getting chemo therapy. Put it on the arm, to take away the cold feeling when the fluid is going into the body, it helps a lot.
  • Put it in your bed, if you feel cold, it does work the same way as a warm bottle.
  • Make a small wheat warmer, to put in the cot to comfort the baby.
  • Another great use of it is for a pregnant woman. It can be made as a belt using velcro to close it. Stitch the tube, with channels to keep the wheat in several areas. It will help if you have pain in your lower back.


My colleague Ingrid has sewn this beautiful wheat warmer for a little girl that is going through chemo therapy. See the nice pictures of the wheat warmer in bright pink with an appliqué of “Hello Kitty”.

The fabric to use for this sewing project should be strong, like a linen fabric or cotton, or a mix of these two. Inside the wheat warmer, you need to find wheat that is whole wheat grains. Tip: If you like lavender, you can add some inside, to get a nice scent.
I made two wheat warmers, one is made as a square that is the same size as a Large Hoop 240 x 150mm, and the embroidery is from built in embroidery of my Designer SE. I resized the embroidery in the embroidery machine with a fantastic result. Of course you can create a wheat warmer in any shape. Make a frog, or a cat, and enjoy the warm comfort. It is fabulous.

How to heat the wheat warmer:

  • In a microwave owen, 3-4 minutes on the highest temperature.
  • If you do not have a microwave you can put it in a regular owen on a temperature of 125 degrees Celsius or 257 Fahrenheit 12-15 minutes.

It will stay warm for at least 20 minutes.

Happy Sewing!

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

So Green!

April 22, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

I do not know about you, but I find it so much fun to add more colors to the clothes in the spring time and it is super quick if you have an overlock.

I wanted to sew a new dress, and selected a fabric that I already had in my stash. I found a fabric in dark blue jersey fabric with dots in grey, very boring as it is, but when you add some color to it, you can create magic.

To add a bit more excitement to this fabric, I added a lime green color for the triple overlock stitches and sewed from the backside as I wanted to show us much as possible of the stitches.

I completed the look by making a belt in the same color with embroidery in the same dark blue color as the fabric.

You have to try this out for yourself. It is very easy!

  • Decide the length of you belt, my belt measured 40cm and it was 8cm wide
    (do not forget to add seam allowance). It is easier to have a bit bigger fabric, add the embroidery and then cut it in the size you prefer with a rotary cutter and a ruler.
  • Select an embroidery of your choice or decorate with buttons, or why not overlock stitches all over. I reinforced the belt with an iron on stabiliser before sewing the embroidery.
  • On my belt, I used the HUSQVARNA VIKING® embroidery design collection #212 “Majestic Cutwork”. The collection is created for the Majestic Hoop, but it does also include 10 bonus designs to match the larger Majestic Hoop embroideries in this fantastic collection It is easy to be creative with the smaller designs – make your own combinations. I did not use the design as cutwork. I only stitched them as they are on the belt.
  • If you want even more stability in the belt, add another layer of iron on stabiliser.

  • Stitch the seam of the long side of the belt’s right sides together.
  • Cut long strips of the fabric. I used 3 strips on full width of the fabric, one inch wide.
  • Sew the strips on the overlock with the reinforced overlock stitch, iron and fold the fabric like a belt loop and sew directly using the Standard Foot on your HUSQVARNA VIKING® HUSKYLOCK™ s21 or s25 (if you are using HUSQVARNA VIKING® ® HUSKYLOCK™ 936 use the Bias Tape Folder Foot, or the C-Foot).
  • On the short sides of the belt, fold and iron the seam allowance to the inside.
  • Put the ends of the three “belt loop strips” inside the short sides equally spread on the width of the belt, one on each of the outer edges and one in the middle. Pin them in place.
  • Sew the short sides using a straight stitch with a 3mm long straight stitch on your sewing machine.
  • Do the same on the other short side. You can cut the long strips when you have sewn the short sides. I divided my strips, in 1 third on one side and 2 thirds on the other. I wanted to have the knot on the side of the belt, just because it looked better.

I feel great in this new dress, it is so comfortable. I will go and buy a new fabric and sew another one in a fun color. You should try it yourself!

Happy Sewing!

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

A pink bathrobe for Emma!

April 16, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

I was at a Birthday party last weekend! My youngest sister Nina has got two children that has birthday only four days after each other. This weekend we celebrated them both. Emma is turning six and her brother Marcus is now eight years old.

Both of them are weekly going to a swimming class, were they learn different swimming techniques like crawl, backstroke and diving. Most important is that they learn how to enjoy the water, and to be safe while doing it.

Emma made a wish for a bathrobe that she can use at the swimming class, so I bought one for her (a ready made) in her favorit color; Pink. I personalized it by adding her initial on the front “EP”, and her name “Emma” and a princess crown on the back. I made this using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Express Monogram Wizard.

On the front of the bathrobe I created, the EP, with an appliqué frame. For the appliqué I found a piece of white jersey (and I added an iron on stabilizer on the backside). It was easy to embroider, as I did only hoop a tear-away stabiliser, and used the “basting around the hoop” function.

Hint: To get the embroidery exactly where you want it, print the template, put the template in place on top of your project. Make a hole in the centre of the template and use the pictogram pen to make a small dot. Remove the paper and make a cross with the dot in the centre.

To decorate the bathrobe a little bit more, I added some small buttons around the frame of the initials. When sewing the buttons I used my HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER DIAMOND™ sewing and embroidery machine, but for some of them it was impossible because of the look of the button itself.

Here is how I did it:

  • Click on the SEWING ADVISOR® (select the button). The sewing machine will automatically bring down the feed teeth.
  • Remove the presser foot.
  • Put the button under the presser foot ankle where you want to add it.
  • Click on the presser foot down button to bring down the presser foot ankle on top of the button.
  • Bring down the needle in one of the holes in the button using the hand wheel.
  • Turn the hand wheel towards yourself to make sure that the needle will go down in the second hole, if it doesn’t increase or decrease the width to fit the holes of the button.

On the backside of the bathrobe, the embroidery is made by using a water soluble stabiliser as a topping. It will hold down the loops of the terrycloth, and prevent the embroidery from disappearing into the loops of the terrycloth fabric.

She loved her new bathrobe and wanted to wear it to pre-school the following morning. For her brother Marcus, I have bought a new t-shirt, that I will decorate with embroidery as well. Next time he’s coming to us, we will embroider it together. I think that will be really fun and I can’t wait to see which embroidery he will pick out of all the embroideries available.

Happy sewing!


PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (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!


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

Egg under cover!

March 26, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Seasonal by  Lena Kantis

Wow! Finally the spring is on its way – snow is melting away and small snowdrop flowers are showing up in our hedge. My father has been cutting our garden trees, and I have picked up some of the sticks to put in water inside our house. It will be spring in my house within a week. It’s a wonderful time of the year, I get much more energy and I’m very happy every time the sun is shining on a blue sky. I long for the warmer and longer days, and it seems like I don’t have to wait too long for that now.

My trip to Norway last weekend was great. I spent three days at a Quilt Show. I could not resist, I had to buy some new fabrics! I want to sew a garment with quilting technique, and I might do it on the overlock machine and using Rayon thread and have the threads shown on the outside of the garment. As I have been out travelling, I am a little bit late to start the sewing of the Easter projects. However, time optimist as I am, it is still possible to make some small sewing projects for the Easter that I will share with you.

You can find some embroidery designs for the Easter, in HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #30, Happy Seasons – Endless embroideries. It is totally adorable and also super fun; I do have one towel in my kitchen that I use always and not only at Easter. I do boil some eggs at the weekends, and I wrap them in the towel, so everybody in the family knows where they are and they stay warm for a while.

I have cut out one of the “chickens” to sew it like a cover for the egg, when the egg is put on an egg cup. The cut out can be done either with HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Embroidery Extra or in the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Stitch Editor by using the tool “polygon select” and then cut it. I found some small scraps of wool in yellow, and a light green fleece, that I though would be excellent for this egg covers as well as for Kerstin’s idea (that I describe below).

Click here to download the embroidery file with the above chicken that is already cut out with HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Embroidery software. (Use a file compression utility (WinZip or similar) to unzip the downloaded file and save it on your computer.)

Kerstin will sew the chickens in the exact same way as the Mini Santa I did for Christmas. You can still download the template for the Mini Santa from my Christmas blogg insert to use for the new Chicken, to make beautiful table setting for the Easter. I will be sewing some of those too! It is so much fun to decorate the table for the Easter Party!

I have sewn embroideries on two towels. The Swedish kitchen towel size is 50x70cm (20”x 28”), so it does require two endless embroidery designs to make it look best. It’s great to use the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Embroidery Hoop when sewing these two embroideries. I will send each of my two children that have moved out one towel each, as a little Easter gift for them, as I don’t see them this Easter.

Note: It is important; if you’re not using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Embroidery Hoop to no keep it tightened.

Happy Sewing!


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


    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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