Category Archives: Inspiration

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


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

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).

Crazy and fun sewing zig zag!

May 31, 2010, Posted in Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

Let me share some ideas on how to create decorations on shirts. Here are three different ideas:

1.
I took one of my husbands, shirts to practice on. It was a plain red shirt. I used the pictogram pen and I drew wavy lines by hand as the idea is to make the shirt to stand out and to be unique. If you are using zigzag, like I did, you need to make the curves wide because it is easier to follow with the red center mark of the Presser Foot B then. I played around a bit with the settings of the zig zag. Some seams was wider, some more narrow, and I used the three step zig zag too as you can see on the picture.

To sew the zig zag stitches, add stabilizer on the backside of the shirt. For the collar I used water soluble stabilizer and for the body of the shirt I used regular Tear-Away. Play with the threads, and the color of threads. On this shirt I used black metallic thread, cotton 30 weight thread as well as embroidery thread in a nice red color tone.

2.
Second idea is to decorate a shirt when you are sewing it, with a little stitch. This is a great way to add a personal detail and to use the possibility to use the single pattern program. Select the stitch on your HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER machine (for instance Menu N for fashion stitches), and click on the Stop button. It will automatically stitch one single stitch pattern. Try it if you have not tested this before.
3.
Third shirt is sewn and decorated with monochrome embroidery. I do think it is nice with tone on tone embroideries.

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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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