Category Archives: Inspiration

Great fun with free-motion yarn couching!

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


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 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!


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


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

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).


    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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