Category Archives: Embroidery

The Wedding Gift!

March 19, 2010, Posted in Embroidery by  Lena Kantis

This week I will be travelling. I am going to Paris for two days for a big textile exhibition, spend one day at the office and finally spend Thursday to Sunday in Norway at the Norwegian Quilt Meeting.

The sewing project that I will show you this week is sewn by Rasmus, working here at the HUSQVARNA VIKING® office. The fun thing is that I have been listening to a program on the radio about the young generation and their ability to multitask. They practise how to do different things at the same time, listening to music, typing on the computer, etc.

I think Rasmus does know how to be multitasking. Look at the pictures, and you will see. One eye on the computer screens (as you can see he has got two screens), all the excel charts on the wall, the focus on a discussion with Jean-Paul also working here at the office, and running the HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER DIAMOND™ machine at the same time. This is multitasking! (The reason that they both are smiling is that they were totally surprised by me interrupting their discussion with my camera.  I did not ask of permission before starting!)

One of Rasmus´s friends from Canada is getting married next week, and the wedding is held in Mexico. The gift Rasmus created for the wedding couple was a pillow with a picture of the wedding couple with a heart around, stitched as an appliqué. He also added their names and the date of the wedding. On the backside he added “Made in Sweden, by Rasmus” in yellow and blue, the same colors as our Swedish flag.

This picture was prepared in the software program HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Sketch, using the function of adding alignment stitches in the corners of the hoop. He also used the possibility to draw a running line around the shape of a heart to actually see that the size would fit the size of the picture so that the faces of the couple should fit perfectly. It is also important not to forget to add tie offs with a few small stitches.

The running stitch of the heart was brought into the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Stitch Editor and one of the heart shapes was used to create an appliqué in the desired size. Finally, when the heart was created as an appliqué, the design was copied again and was brought into HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Embroidery Extra. In that software program the text with the names could be added, William and Joani, and the date of their wedding.

Rasmus printed the picture on printable fabric, using an inc copying machine. This is important since the inc will be “sprayed” into the fabric. No other copying machines will do it better. He cut out the pieces for the pillow in black linen and crated the embroideries in his office.

He did a great job don´t you think?

Have a great sewing week all of you!

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

One design – “sew” many options to create a personal look!

March 12, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

Sewing and embroidering is giving us all an opportunity to create a look that is totally unique. This week I wanted to let you know, that a fantastic new Design Collection # 219, Romantic Cutwork, including Endless embroideries, by HUSQVARNA VIKING® has been launched at, and you will ONLY be able to get them through!
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At MyEmbroideries you can download/purchase embroideries at any time 24-7, and that is so convenient. When you buy a design (or several) you’ll also get the booklet as a pdf-file with all the embroideries pictured in natural size. That is great, because then you can print out a design on paper and cut it out and see how it will look like on your sewn project and if it is the size you are looking for.

The new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #219, Romantic Cutwork, is right on the spot when it comes to trendy designs. Romantic outfit is one of the biggest trends this spring. Layers and lace are delicate and very beautiful.

Let me show you, how three persons here at the office have applied these new embroideries on some sewing projects.

I start with Helene. She is the artist and creator of this beautiful design collection. Her style is very romantic, with a lot of lace. She has sewn the embroideries on white tulle. A lot of them have got the same color on the fabric and on the embroidery; tone in tone which is lovely, delicate and exquisite. I want to sew them too! Helene would like to give you another tips too: “You don’t even need to sew your garment; you can buy a ready made and do the embroideries on it. This is how Helene did with a simple white top.”, just as I did with the top to the right: says Helene.


Next person is the sewing expert, Kerstin. She is creating this light blue top in a linen fabric, also with a tone in tone embroidery. It looks fabulous as well – I am sure you agree.


Finally it is my own creation: I am sewing a dress, and I am not scared of playing with colour! My absolute favourite colour is turquoise and today I am sewing it on a lime green silk, which has got a turquoise warp. I have also started to sew an underskirt in tulle with exactly the same design as Helene did with white on white.

Don’t be scared to change colors, and play with your own ideas. Make your sewing projects reflect who you are!

Best sewing wishes

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

Sharing my findings!

March 5, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

Having a big house is both good and bad. Good when it comes to having a big family and lots of friends staying over, bad when it comes to keep it tidy and organised.  Due to this I can find things that I have not seen for some time. We have during a long time put a lot of stuff in cardboard boxes, and taken them down to the basement for storage. Now I am trying to organize a fitness room in our basement so therefore I have to try to get rid of some old things, to get more space to be able to workout.

To give you a bit more of background for my sewing samples of the week, I guess it is probably best to first tell you the following. In Sweden we do decorate our windows. I do not know any other country that I have visited, that is paying so much attention to how the windows are looking. We have curtains in all kinds of looks and fabrics. In all our windows we also have plants in pots, and also some small lamps that we use during the evenings when it gets darker. We usually change curtains for each season and holiday. Especially in the kitchen!

These are things I found in the basement:

One quilt, the very first I made over twenty years ago in Bargello technique, both fun and easy. In the background you can see curtains with the print of Harry Potter; I sew them at a hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. This used to be my son Simon’s room. He has now got a bigger room as my other son Emil moved out. 

For Emil’s room I made this curtain, which was also used as drapes, because there were no blinds in the window when we moved into the house. I added the appliqué with the giant shark half a yard (45 cm) long approximately. Inside the appliqué there is an iron on batting.

To give you a bigger understanding for what I mean with the Swedish window decorations, I have added some pictures from the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #204 “Elegant Art Embroidery” as well as a few ones from HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #178 ”Mega Décor”.


You can make your windows look totally unique too.

Have a great sewing week!

Best wishes

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

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

Vive Moi!

February 12, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

Wow, my trip to London gave me so much more energy, and inspiration to create more fun sewing. It is amazing to see all wonderful garments in the shops in London. I have gathered a lot of new ideas, which can be great projects. The inspiration came when Karin and I was window shopping walking on Regents Street and Oxford Street. I will definitely use several ideas for my new sewing projects. 

Have you seen the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design collection 221, Raw Edge Letters? It is looking so cool, and can be sewn in several layers to make a very personalised sweater, jeans or what ever you want to add the text on. I have for some time been wondering what to write using them, and did find a nice wording on a t-shirt in London, that I liked. “Vive Moi”, (I Live) and I will sew that on a garment. Vest or jeans, or t-shirt I have not yet made my decision.

Here is an example of what it can look like!

In the office we have had overlock education, and a colleague of mine; Rasmus, made a pair of sweatshirt pants. What was extra fun with the trousers was the text on the back of them; HUNK. Fun, don’t you think!? You have an option to use one or two layers for the appliqués. Rasmus used one layer and where it could have been a second layer, he stitched the outline with a metallic thread. 


Have fun and enjoy your sewing!

Best wishes

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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