Category Archives: Embroidery

Cutwork in the easiest way!

August 20, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

Wow, I can´t stop! Today I have started using the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Embroidery Cutwork Needle kit, and the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Embroidery Collection #230 “Easy Cutwork”. I haven’t tried it earlier as I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop once I start.

The new “Easy Cutwork” design collection is very generous – it includes many designs: 10 designs for the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Large Hoop 240×150, 11 designs for the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Hoop 170×100 and 21 bonus elements complementing the other designs. Follow the instructions in the booklet that comes when you buy the whole collection and you will find how convenient it is to sew the beautiful cutwork designs.

The designs can be used without the Cutwork Needle Kit. However, be aware it involves a lot of small areas to cut by hand.

My sewing projects:
In the office I started try on a linen fabric, and I think it looks fabulous. So I brought a piece of the fabric with me home to wash it before I start with the embroidery just to make sure it won’t shrink later on. (I do not want it to become too “small” for me!)

At home I started a second project. The second fabric is a medium weight knit, in a deep brown color, suitable for the fall. Hope you can see the wonderful cutwork areas with the decorative honeycomb stitches in the cutwork area. I have not decided what I will make out of this yet, I cut a big enough piece for a skirt, or a part of a top. It will be some kind of a garment anyway.

Helene, has made a top in a softer knit, in lightweight knit fabric. She also made a fantastic bag with one of the bonus designs from the collection. Great to use when going to the beach for example. Note: The embroidery is sewn on heavy transparent plastic (I bought that in a craft store.) You can also sew on vinyl, paper, leather and suede.

Barbara used the stand-alone embroidery designs to create a bracelet and she did also add them on her shoes. Fun, fun, fun!

I have included more pictures our embroideries, the white linen fabric looks so amazing, and the design is very special because it has got alignment stitches in all four corners so you can create as large embroidery as you want. I think that would look astonishing on curtains or pillows. Don’t you think so too?

My suggestion before you go ahead with your project is:
Take a piece of the fabric that you are going to use for your project, and try both the embroidery and wash away the water soluble stabiliser. It is a well invested time. You might need to add an additional iron-on stabiliser suitable for your fabric, because if the fabric is too soft/lightweight, the satin stitches will not stay on the edge when you wash it.

If you sew the HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER™ RUBY dress, it does come with fantastic cutwork embroideries, and of course you can use the Cutwork needles also on these designs. Hint: the embroidery does look great in only one color too.

Remember, always; clean the bobbin area after you are done embroidering!

Have fun sewing!
Lena

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


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

Creating a “Chanel” jacket!

June 9, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

Last week we had the first internal presentation of the new products that will be introduced in July/August. It is very exciting to have been a part of the whole process, from ideas to finished products. You will be able to see all of this in August.

This week I have my sister in law as a guest at home, Elena. Her step daughter is going to get married at the end of this summer and I have helped her to create a new beautiful outfit in a fantastic orange Dupioni silk that Elena can wear at the wedding. It is an outfit in three parts consisting of a skirt, a top and a jacket.

The jacket is a kind of  “Chanel” jacket, like Burda pattern 7634 (pattern B).
The decoration for the jacket has been made by using the Ruffler Presser Foot. I think this presser foot is our “biggest” one on the market and my nick name for it is “the Dinosaur”.
I like what it can create with it and it is good to use for both garments and home decorations.
If you have not yet tried it, I can really recommend it! It is outstanding.

This is how I used it for the wedding outfit:

Hint: Thread the sewing machine, top and bobbin before attaching the Ruffler.

1. Decide how wide your ruffle should be on your sewing project. I like them fairly narrow. The one I have created here is a strip two inches wide (5 cm), After tha I fold it lengthwise. If you wish to use a wider strip, overlock the raw edges after folding it lengthwise, and have the overlock edge to the right in the ruffler. In that way it can be as wide as you wish.

2. Iron the fold.
3. Adjust the Presser foot, and follow the instruction from the Accessory Catalogue page (23).

When you have created a long strip, add it on the edge of the sleeves, and/or at the edge of the jacket, all around the neckline and front. You can of course add it anywhere you like. You can see lot of these kinds of decorations on the stores right now.

The top, I’m creating for Elena, is from Burda Pattern 7919.

The embroidery is from a wonderful HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection called “Paisley” #134. This is a design collection I can simply not live without. I have used all of these embroideries in one way or the other. If you love it as much as I do, you can find it at myembrodieries.com.

I love the colors in bronze and brown that Elena has selected. I will only add the facing and iron it to the backside, and the top will be completed.

Next time I will tell you about a very Swedish tradition that is happening ones a year here in Sweden called; Midsummer and let you know how we usually celebrate it.

So be sure to check back next week. I will add a surprise for you!!!

Best sewing wishes

Lena

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send Lena an email: lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com (English only). The embroidery is from a wonderful HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection called “Paisley” #134. This is a design collection I can simply not live without. I have used all of these embroideries in one way or the other. If you love it as much as I do, you can find it at myembrodieries.com.

I love the colors in bronze and brown that Elena has selected. I will only add the facing and iron it to the backside, and the top will be completed.

Next time I will tell you about a very Swedish tradition that is happening ones a year here in Sweden called; Midsummer and let you know how we usually celebrate it.

So be sure to check back next week. I will add a surprise for you!!!

Best sewing wishes

Lena

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

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).

Wrinkles anybody?

May 7, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

A wrinkle is a fold, ridge or crease in the skin (if you look at Wikipedia), but it is not the skin I am going to write about this week. It is fabric. And we all love fabrics, don’t we?

Let me share a great idea with you! We made a very nice dress for one of our embroidery machines launches, which was going to be made in a wrinkled fabric. But we could not find any in our stores in Sweden so we created the wrinkles ourselves. Here is how you can do it.

  • Wash the fabric that you are going to add the wrinkles to. It should be a light weight fabric.
  • When it is still wet, twist it into  a “sausage” and let it dry inside a towel. It will create wrinkles.

  • When it is dried, and has got lots of wrinkles, iron on a stabiliser that will stay and keep the wrinkles forever.

     

  • Finally sew the embroideries. On the pink dress we used an embroidery from the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Platinum 955E. You can however use any embroidery that is created with few stitches, more like outlines.

My suggestions would be the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #191, “Thread Velvet “ that you can get from Myembroideries.com. But any design that looks like this will work.

Another beautiful choice would be to try with an embroidery design from HUSQVARNA VIKING® called Design Collection #205 “Black and White Art” that you can also get from Myembroideries.com. I love the contrast of black and white. Have a look at my skirt below (under construction) where I have also played with the fabric that is in black and white. Pretty nice, don’t you think?

Use your imagination, experiment and have fun with your sewing!

Next week, Rasmus will write the blog. I will be on Holidays in New York.

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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    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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