Category Archives: Inspiration

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 MyEmbroideries.com, and you will ONLY be able to get them through MyEmbroideries.com!
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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
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).

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
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).

Spin Around!

February 19, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

I really hope that you will all get a chance to try the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Ribbon Feet Set. I have used it and it is very easy to spin around and create decorative ribbon embellishments. The Ribbon Feet Set, comes in three different sizes. When you use it you should choose the size that accommodates your ribbon in the best way, meaning that it should feed the ribbon in a good way. In order to get the best result you should use an iron-on stabilizer or a tear-away stabilizer underneath. Depending on the fabric, more or less stabilizer is needed. My recommendation is to always test on a scrap piece of the fabric, before you sew on your real project.

In the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Ribbon Feet Set kit you will find a user’s instruction plus an instruction movie and an inspirational slideshow, so you won’t be stuck without any help! There are so many possibilities with the Ribbon Feet Set. You can use it to decorate your garments, pillows, tote bags or where ever you like to add a little special ribbon decoration.

Below you can see some pictures I have taken on some really nice things that have been sewn by one of my friends, Barbara. Barbara is working at our development team here in Huskvarna and she is creating many of the beautiful sewing machine stitches, which is added for new presser feet for example. Here you can see her skirt (my favourite), a top, a quilt block and a tote bag. They are so nice!

Ribbons that fits the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Ribbon Feet Set is sizes between ¼”- ½” (6mm- 13.5mm), preferable flat ribbons. The Inspira® Ribbon Kit in neutral or bright colours are perfect to use because these ribbons have a very good size for the Ribbon Feet. The ribbons are available in both amazing vibrant colour shades as well as in different textures. I thought it would be easiest to use the Ribbon Feet Set in free motion sewing mode, but found out that it is just as easy to sew with the regular straight stitch. Note: If you are going to create a swirl or a spiral, start in the center and work your way out.

Happy spin around sewing!

Best wishes
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).

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
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).

More Christmas gift sewing!

December 18, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration, Seasonal, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

We have snow! I love it! It has been several years in a row without snow at Christmas, so I hope it will stay some days now so we can get a “white Christmas” this year.

I am working on some last minute Christmas gifts. My daughter Johanna have an apron on her wishlist, and I thought it would be very fun to sew one in the same fabric as the breadbasket. She is very fond of black, so I think she will love it. I sew her name on the apron using the HUSQVARNA VIKING®  4D Embroidery. There are so many beautiful fonts to choose from within the software.

 

Next suggestion for a quickly embroidered Christmas gift is a kitchen towel, or any towel you want of course. I bought a ready made and added Johanna’s Monogram on mine.

If you are like me, saving all small scraps, here are some other small things to create:

• Potholder, in a log cabin technique.

• A small quilted wall hanging. This one I bought in Japan. It was made on HUSQVARNA VIKING® Designer SE.  Size is 5,5” (14cm) x 8” (20cm. )

• My colleague Karin made nice embroidery on a pillowcase also using the HUSQVARNA VIKING®  4D Embroidery.

this was all for this week. Now I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! now it’s time for a short blog break, but I will come back with new fresh ideas and news from HUSQVARNA VIKING® next year. Next update of the blog will be at the first week of January.

Best sewing wishes from Lena, and all of my colleagues here in Sweden.

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

  • LENA KANTIS

    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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