Category Archives: Inspiration

New trip to London!

July 1, 2011, Posted in Accessories, Design Collection, Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

I will be travelling to London to be part of creating videos for the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Embroidery system. Of course I need to have nice outfits for this purpose. I bought a new top to use for the videos.

Here is how I decided to add some embroideries! Before choosing I went and searched for embroidery designs by using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Embroidery Design catalogue online. Super tool! It is “sew” easy and fun to be able to select this way. The embroidery is coming from HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #165 “Venetian Embroideries”.

I always print out a template to see if the size of the embroidery is good and to put it in the right position of the garment. Select colors and then run the embroideries. Then I hoop only the stabiliser, and use the basting around the design.

Here is the top:

Image of the top with the embroideries

Available in the same way, online is the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Accessory catalogue. Fantastic, including small videos of how to use some of the accessories, search function and much more. Use it online or download it from the web to your pc or laptop.

Happy Sewing!

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Fun dishcloth for Easter.

May 6, 2011, Posted in Downloads, Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

I have for a long time been thinking of sewing embroideries on a dishcloth. I find it is very fun to try out new things! I bought a package with four dishcloths with no decorations. The embroidery was created using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery Extra. I used the Express Design Wizard and the option to fit to rectangle. It is very good when you want the embroidery to fit a certain size. There are over 325 nice pictures to choose from when you want to create your own embroideries. The font is one of the pre-digitized fonts in the category: Decorative, and the name of the font is Swirl. When you start the embroidery use the pictogram pen or fabric marker to make a little mark in the center both horizontally and vertically. Then when you start your embroidery make sure it is lined up with the center markings of the hoop. Picture is showing center lines and how to line up the dishcloth. Here is the embroidery if you want to make your own dishcloth or use the embroidery on something else, towel, gift bag or what ever you like! Download the design file here! Now I will put this in the office kitchen to be used by me and my colleagues. Happy Sewing! If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please contact:

Embroidered tablecloth.

April 18, 2011, Posted in Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

I am testing a lot of new things this week. And I have also been sewing a bit. Here is a new dress that I have sewn.  It was made very quickly on the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Huskylock s21.
I love when I can get it done that fast. The pattern is a New Look pattern number 6802.

Tomorrow I will sew a new dress. I have been looking at a dress in a store with nice decorations in blue colors and the fabric of the dress is made in light weight denim.
Here are some pictures on the decorations I have made so far! I have added ribbons and colors. I am waiting for a new embroidery to be added on the backside of the dress. A dragon!

Thank you, dear readers for your great suggestions and feedback.
One lady has asked if I can explain how to sew and embroider the tablecloth which you can find on the box of the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Professional. This magnificent Tablecloth is created in the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery system, and all the embroidery designs are added in all three HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ embroidery software packages.

Follow the step by step instruction on how to embroider it. Here is the instruction.

Happy Sewing!

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Boot covers make it safe to walk in the dark!

April 8, 2011, Posted in Design Collection, Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

I long for spring, the best thing right now, is that we have got four more hours of daylight since December. I feel much happier, and it does sort of make me feel that I have more time to have fun sewing.

My friend and creative colleague Carina has sewn and embroidered wonderful boot covers. They are looking wonderful. If you would like to make these, you should use big embroideries on the side of the boot covers, for instance the HUSQVARNA VIKING® embroidery collection “Elegant Art Embroidery” #204.

On the back on the covers there is a zipper that does make them easy to take them on and off, and it has been decorated with reflex ribbon. It does not only look great it is also safe to be walking with these in the dark!

Two other of my colleagues are working with the development of the HUSQVARNA VIKING® embroidery design collections. Helene Koch, the artist and the creative designer of the embroidery design collections. Her outfit it is decorated with a lot of embroidery designs. The top and the under skirt has been decorated with bobbin lace, and crochet lace. HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #223 -Bobbin Lace and the brand NEW COMING SOON!  Design Collection #234- Crochet Creations.

Her co-worker, Sandra is testing all the embroidery designs to make sure it is the best HUSQVARNA VIKING® quality. Sandra has been sewing her outfit. A top in a printed knit fabric, together with trousers that are made in a silky satin. Great look!

I have started to sew the Crouchet collection that I did show you last week (and the one that Helene also used), on the HUSQVARNA VIKING® H|CLASS 600E sewing and embroidery machine, that is placed next to my office desk.

Happy Sewing!

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Will Cook for Shoes

February 28, 2011, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

Since last week I have been in Stockholm for a couple of days, to be attending a layout-software class! I will now be able to create PDF files of my sewing projects with nicer layout etc. It was super cold in Stockholm (felt like Siberia), and a lot of snow. I cant wait for the spring now! How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

I asked the Sewers choice award winner with the fantastic project “Christmas Butterflies”, which was the voted as number one worldwide, if she would be willing to share any of her sewing projects with us, and she was!

So I am delighted to present Claudia Shaw from Florida, USA.

I love this apron, and I love shoes too! Claudia is writing how she created the apron:

“Here is one of the projects I wanted to share. I used the shoe design from the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ embroidery software samples, changing the size and colors, and selected the font for the lettering. I printed out templates in order to get the placement the way I wanted it. I cut the fabric for the ruffle, finished one edge of it with a three-thread narrow overlock, and did a rolled hem with a wave stitch on the other edge, then used the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Ruffler attachment to gather it evenly, and applied it to the apron hem and the pocket top. The apron was a Christmas gift for a dear friend who loves to cook, and also loves SHOES!”

Thank you “sew” much Claudia for sharing.

I am working on creating new sewing samples, it is breathtaking with great new features that will be included in the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ embroidery software coming later this year! You will love it too.

Until next week - Happy Sewing

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    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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