Category Archives: Inspiration

Sewing Stars!

February 4, 2011, Posted in Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

I had a fantastic day in Copenhagen, (Denmark) this week. I spent Wednesday teaching the sewing stars the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ certification classes, dressed up in the white shirt I got last week in London. I felt very happy and got lot of energy from this especially as they all had wonderful creative garments and quilts that they had sewn and showed me. Here are some pictures that I took.

Look at this coat which Lone Krogh has been creating. She has been very creative, using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Yarn Couching Feet set and the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Ribbon Feet set. Added to that she has also used the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ embroidery system to cut out pieces of embroideries that she liked and changed the colors of the embroideries, all details are made to make it very personal. Love the pop up appliqués and the way she has used both tone on tone embroideries, as well as a lot of colors on the other decorations. I think it speaks for itself!

This colourful quilt is sewn by Lis Wedervang. She has been using Kaffe Fassett fabrics. She attended a class he taught and she was inspired to sew this quilt.

In the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collections we have two collections that have been designed by Kaffe Fassett. Here is another inspirational picture for samples we have sewn in Huskvarna. On the quilt you will find the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection#82, “Garden of Delights” (Art# 920081096).

Christmas sewing in the office!

December 23, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Seasonal, Videos by  Lena Kantis

This week we have had internal sewing training in the office. Around forty participants took part in our “Christmas sewing”. We wanted to share how fun it is to sew, being part of this kind of event, and the experience of working on our top of the line products.

The training consisted of three different classes, were we made one project in each class. They could sew Christmas Cards, a bag for the nuts, and a little towel with small Santa’s or flowers. Here are the projects:

Anders came back after the weekend with the finished sweaters and trousers for his sons. First of all congratulations to a job well done! Thanks for sharing, and I am certain the boys will be very happy for their new cool and cosy outfits.


Hope you are finishing your projects for Sew Your Home Holiday Ready- it is still possible to upload your pictures and share your own projects. Keep sending in pictures of your sewing projects at the Sewers Choice section, we will post the pictures at the Sew Your Home Holiday Ready -site on the 22 December.
Makes sure you take the chance to inspire other sewers around the globe, and give others a chance to admire your work!

Happy Sewing


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Ideas for Christmas Cards & Christmas Gifts.

December 10, 2010, Posted in Downloads, Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

Now it is time to get sewing the Holiday gifts, I guess that you might have started! I wanted to share a few sewing ideas that we are working on in Huskvarna. Especially since it’s not only me, doing sewing projects, we are several. I thought you might want to see what we are sewing!

Anders, who works in our company as a Systems Engineer, is going to sew sweatshirts and trousers for his two boys, age 4 and 2. Here is a picture of him drawing the patterns.  Next week you will be able to see more of the development of this project.

I have embroidered a Christmas Card. Here is the card that I will send to my friends.

I have used the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection # 163, “Dimensional Decorations”. I cut the embroidery design so it’s one single “Christmas goat” and it’s embroidered with only two colors.

Note: If you bring it into the embroidery software, do not color sort as it has stitching lines for the appliqué. Black flannel was used as the background fabric, and I had a scrap piece of cotton fabric for the “Christmas Goat”.

Another great sewing project using the “Christmas Goat”, could be to sew potholders.

You can download the design file here.

My little nephew Kevin, wish to get several small things for Christmas presents. Hair styling products, shower gel etc. I bought a toilet bag for him, that was looking nice, and to make it more personal I added his name. I made the name by using the Monogram Wizard in 5D™ Embroidery software.

Next week you will be able to download the last instruction from the holiday campaign Sew a Holiday Ready Home! the “Christmas Lace Ornaments” and we will also open up the Sewers Choice! upload, where you will be able to become sewers top 10 ranked or one of my own 3 Favorite picks. So don’t forget to continue sew all these great holiday stuff too!

Until next week I wish you all a Happy Sewing!


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Let me Show you!

December 3, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration, SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis

It is a true joy for me to help out with information regarding questions that I receive from you dear readers of the “sew fun” blog. The topic this week is to clarify how to embroider the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection # 214 “Towel Magic”.

Before starting the embroidery prepare the following:
Hoop a water soluble stabiliser, such as the Inspira® Dissolve- A –Way Max. Use the pictogram pen to draw a little mark at the center of the top of your towel.

I simply love these wonderful embroideries. I have changed the colors of the embroidery in HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery, to fit the Holiday season, but please note that if you do that, do not color sort, as it will take away the stops, that’s needed for the basting stitches etc.

The “Magic Towel” design collection has got embroideries that comes in different sizes, with combinations that are to be used to embroider the hanger as well as a matching border at the lower edge of the towel.

I could not resist sewing another one, and for the second towel I selected the embroidery from It is “sew” cute.
Note: This collection was made a few years ago, so it does not have the basting stitches that are now added in the HUSQVARNA VIKING Design Collection #214 “Towel Magic”. However it has two alignment stitches to show were to add the towel, so no problems!

Sew a Holiday Ready Home:
This week we are sharing a new instruction and that is how to sew a “Trio of Decorative Pillows”.
If you have difficulty finding the boiled wool, I suggest that you use another woven material, such as satin, silk or any fabric of your choice.  I believe it is more the colors that make the difference.

Happy Sewing!


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Keep It Simple!

October 29, 2010, Posted in Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

Most of us sewers do have plenty of projects going on at the same time (and a bunch of UFO’s= Un-Finished Objects). It sometimes feels like the end result will get even better if the project “rests” a little bit, I think that’s quite common. Because sometimes it takes a bit of figuring out how to decorate or how to put it all together. I am certain that is why I have a few things going on at the same time! To be honest, I have not yet finished the checkered dress, but I desperately wanted to have a new dress, what do I do?

Of course I sew a new dress, but I did keep it extremely simple. I used a Burda Pattern# 7580 that I like a lot. The fabric made all the difference this time. A wool fabric, it has lace on one side and a plain grey color on the backside. Fantastic fabric and I used it like you can see on the pictures. 

I did use the grey backside as a décor on the edges of the sleeves, neckline and the hem of the dress. Stitched in place with a three step zigzag 7 mm wide, using the B-Foot. B-Foot is the best to use for this purpose as it has a groove underneath which accommodate the stitch and therefore it is also feeding the fabric better. Too warm? No, not too bad as it is short sleeves on the dress.

I’m “sew” happy with my new dress, and I have already decided to make a second one, as it was so quick.

A new design collection has been launched for the Texture Hoop! I know there are many of you who have been waiting for this. The texture hoop is such a creative tool. Very much outside the box! I love it. Please take a look at the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #231, “Textured Quilting II”. There are Christmas ornament designs, quilting embroideries, endless embroideries and the fun option to decorate the embroideries using ribbons and fabric. 

Next week I will share some fun things, come back to see what it is! And Halloween is coming up!

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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