Category Archives: Inspiration

Silk Embroidery Factory

November 11, 2011, Posted in Inspiration, SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis

In the town of Suzhou, China, there is a factory that is making hand embroidered art. We were invited to take a tour with a guide. I was very impressed to see the women handembroidered paintings in beautiful silk. They did not draw anything on the fabric before embrodiering it, they only used a picture in front of them. What an impressive skill.

Love these wonderful art work. Happy Sewing!

On the other side of the World!

November 3, 2011, Posted in Inspiration, SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis


I am off on vacation this week, my first trip to China. I am in a city by the name of Suzhou, an hour away from Shanghai. I am very lucky as I had a wonderful guided tour at the Silk Factory.  A guide took us on a tour, showing the complete development from worm tosilk.  First picture is the small silkworms, we were allowed to pat them and they were very soft.

Next step was the cocoons, those could contain ut to 1 000 meters of silk.

The coccons were boiled, and the silk was spun onto spools.

Next step was to make use of the silk in various ways. First thing was to weave fabric, the other thing to use it for is silk duvet. Here you can see how I was part of pulling out the silk for the silk duvet. I think it is almost like a spider web, very strong.

Finally I ended up…. yes in a store where they had wonderful rolls of fabric, garments, duvets, home decorations and much more. Did I buy anything? Yes it was to hard to resist, as I love silk. My two childen that was also with me, was not happy waiting for two hours while I did my shopping.

Happy Sewing!

PS I have more stories to share here from China. DS

The one hour dress!

September 30, 2011, Posted in Design Collection, Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

To have an overlock machine is the best thing in the world, that is because it is faboulous to create quick projects. I made a dress out of a knitted fabric (second fabric from Stockholm) within an hour. I used the Husqvarna Viking® Huskylock s15 for the construction. My daughter took the picture of me in the finished dress, and she told me to make a fun look, so I did!

A skirt is what I am sewing on today. It is a terracotta colored fabric, and I am lucky as I did also get to try out the new Husqvarna Viking® Embroidery design collection # 243, Handlook Needlework II.

I  did work with several  kinds of threads but if you want to have the “thicker” look of the stitches you should of course select to have the 30 weight cotton (or Rayon) thread. I will finish the skirt during the weekend.

I did also embroider one more 5D Card, using the Husqvarna Viking® 5D™ CARD SHOP to send to the United Kingdom.  I used the monochrome linear, which is one of my favorit features. I think it does look astonishing!

Greetings to all, and have a Happy Sewing!

The Final Touch!

September 24, 2011, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis

The skirt I did sew in Greece, is finished. I did make a few additional details to it.

Two rows of braid that I stitched in plase using the Husqvarna Viking Transparent Foot B. To get it in the exact correct position, I marked lines, usign a fabric marker then used a double faced fusible stabiliser strip, and ironed it in place before stitching. Quick and Easy. I did leave a bit of the braids hanging on the sides, to be able to add a crouchet embroidery there as well.

 The Design collection is the new Husqvarna Viking embroidery collection #244″ Quilting with Crochet  .It is a fun collection as it has got embroideries for quilt blocks, stand alone crochet designs, as well as combination for pop-up flowers. In my opinion this is a great collection to use if you want to make small gifts as well as very specially decorated quilt blocks. Love the fact that I could sew the embroideries in purple, to match my fabric.

Here is one of my favorit pictures from the collection. See all the options!

Happy Sewing!


September 16, 2011, Posted in Embroidery Software, Inspiration, Overlock by  Lena Kantis

Last week, we went to Stockholm to see a Fashion Exhibition. Before we went home we did get the chance to visit a Husqvarna Viking® sewing machine store that also sells fabric.  I ended up buying five fabrics!

The brown fabric, is what I have now started to sew.  I did decorate the fabric to make it pop a bit more. The embroideries I used, is found in the Husqvarna Viking® 5D™Embroidery system, in the sample folders from 5D Embroidery/Stitch 2/Flowers. I did only stitch the first color and it turned out to look exactly as the flower print on the fabric.

Since I gained a bit of weight in Greece, and I am still planning to loose some of it, I had to make the skirt adjustable!

Here is how to do it. Cut your both the skirt and a lining. Sew the fabric and lining together on the side seams using a three of four thread overlock stitch. I used the the Husqvarna Viking® HUSKYLOCK™ s15 machine.  

At the waist, I added a bias binding. See pictures. It does need to be one piece for each part of the skirt in order to make it easy to make the size smaller later. Here is a picture to show how it is done.

Sew the zipper in place in one of the side- seams, I used a centered zipper. A great instruction is found at: Sew the other side- seam.

Finally only fold, iron and stitch the hem.

Happy Sewing!


    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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