Category Archives: Overlock

Visit in Nashville, TN.

January 26, 2012, Posted in Inspiration, Overlock, SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis

This week I am visiting our Husqvarna Viking office in Nashville.  We have had meetings with people regarding new products that will be coming. I promise to share later! It is fun to meet people that you have only been talking with on the phone or even only been communicating with via email. Always great to meet in reality, right?

Here is a picture of a beautiful quilt sewn by Starr Luteri, called “All night long”.  All sewing made on the Husqvarna Viking #1.

In the education rooms there were lot of activity going on- people preparing and cutting fabric,  dealer educations and a lot more. Jamie Warren (my colleague from the United Kingdom) and I was in the “Husqvarna Viking shop and admired the beautiful things made on the overlock machines. I will go home and sew the overlock bag below! Very cute for the beach.

 

Tonight I will fly home! See you next week !

Happy Sewing

Lena

email:lena.kantis@europe.svpworldwide.com

Final lap!

December 16, 2011, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Overlock, SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis

Hope you are keeping calm and enjoying this last week before Christmas. I think sewing does give me some relaxation, and I enjoy to create my ideas. We do not have any snow yet, some are very happy for that and some are of course dissapointed! Especially if they want to practise skiing. Some of my friends are going to ski the  ”Vasa loppet”. A skiing competition of 90km! (almost 55.9 miles!)

Must say that I wonder what you are sewing? You are more than welcome to post it on the Husqvarna Viking® Official Facebook page!

 If you did open the HusqvarnaViking® Holiday Calendar,  we put a pattern in the Christmas Calendar- Day 12, here are the instruction.  First a picture of the baby hat!

Husqvarna Viking® Christmas Calendar # 12- Hat Instruction

Here is how to sew the little baby hat. Size is 9-12 month.

If you want to use it for a child a little bit older, add more seam allowance. Cut out the pieces and measure on a hat that does fit your child to compare.

If you are planning to decorate the little baby hat with embroidery or an appliqué, you will do that before you sew it. The embroidery on the sample is from an Inspira™ collection # 102

“Flower Fun”. Put the pattern piece above the decoration until you will be happy with the placement.

 

  1. Sew the dart and iron it towards the back.
  2. Put the two pieces right side together and sew from A to B. Read More »

Adjustable!!

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:http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/mediafiles/sewingroom/sewingroom_us.asp. Sew the other side- seam.

Finally only fold, iron and stitch the hem.

Happy Sewing!

Snow!

November 5, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Overlock, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

Last week we got the first snow! It didn’t stay for long, but made as all aware of the coming, winter season. Time to make sure we have winter tires on our cars, hats, gloves, and winter coats for the whole family.

I sewed a second dress using the same pattern as you saw last week. This time I used a heavy knit. The fabric is looking like it has been hand knitted. I wanted to use the HUSQVARNA VIKING® HUSKYLOCK™ S25 overlock to sew it, but found out that it was very difficult to sew as it was almost too heavy to feed the fabric into the overlock. I solved it by using a cotton ribbon, and added that in the seam. There is a small hole on the front of the standard presserfoot, which is meant to be used for adding ribbons in the seam. I added the ribbon on the shoulder seams, and on halfway down on the side seams. It made a big difference, as the ribbon makes it much easier to feed through and more stable. (Also on the HUSQVARNA VIKING® HUSKYLOCK™ S21 and S15 standard foot you can add a ribbon in the same way.)

Here is the fabric, the ribbon and how to apply the ribbon while sewing.

Here is my second dress:

I will need to sew some more outfits as I will be out travelling soon. I have been looking at a new HUSQVARNA VIKING ® Design Collection # 228, “Cutwork Tecniques”. Wonderful three-dimensional cutwork embroideries, I love the new Tip- Embellish your embroideries with the cut outs for a 3D Effect. I simply have to try, I’m “sew” excited.

 wish you will all have a great Halloween weekend!

Happy Sewing

Lena

If you have any questions regarding the topic of this week, please send an email to
lena.kantis@europe.svpworldwide.com

Swedish Midsummer coming up!

June 24, 2010, Posted in Overlock, SewFun! Blog, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

Next week we are celebrating Midsummer in Sweden. It is my favorite holiday of the year. I think it is because it is the long daylight hours and feeling of happiness when you see all the green colors in the forests and gardens, as well as all the beautiful flowers.

For my family, Midsummer preparation is easy, as it follows the same concept every year. We like to gather as many of our family and friends as possible to join the party. Normally we start by eating lunch together and that does consist of herring, sour crème, shives and new potatoes. To this we serve beer and snaps (shots) for those who like it. For desert we eat fresh strawberries, ice cream and whipped cream.

In the afternoon we go out to Hembygds Parken – which is a park where they have got some very old houses from the 17th  and 18th century, and there is also were we got to decorate the Midsummer Pole, that we cover with flowers and leaves. When it is decorated and raised, the dance around the Midsummer Pole starts. We are singing traditional small songs like “Small frogs” and we dance a funny dance while singing the song. The children like this a lot.

After the dance we have a picnic or do have coffee in our garden at home with a wonderful homemade strawberry cake. Finally in the evening it is time for barbeque, and as you can tell, we do not sleep much this night. But very important if you are not married, you need to go out and pick seven different kinds of flowers, and put in your bed under the pillow. The flowers will make you dream about your husband or wife to be!

This year we will be at least 10 people, and it will be great fun.

This week I am out travelling in Germany and Italy. We did fly to Germany, rented a car and drew the car to Milan in Italy. We have had the same introduction meetings for the European sales companies as we have had for the Nordic area two weeks ago. We are now all up to speed with the new product introduction and I hope you will keep an eye open because you will soon see what it is, so stay tuned with HUSQVARNA VIKING® for more info!

Here is a picture from Milan, and it is a symbol for the Fashion and Garment industry they have here. You can see that it is a needle and thread. The knot of the thread is coming up in the pavement a bit behind.

Last week the Swedish sales company had an overlock education for some of their dealers.
(The Swedish Sales company have their offices in the same building us my office.) To make this training more fun, they decided to make a dress, using a Burda pattern number 7520. This was very fun, as they did use a lot of stitches and threads to decorate the dress and a part of the fun is also the fact that the dress was finished in less than an hour. The stitches they used for the decorations were, Chain Stitch, Cover Stitch, Rolled Edge and three thread overlock stitches.

I also got a chance to sew this project, as everything was set up and ready to go. A good thing was that we had three different overlocks so we could have different stitches on the overlocks. I tried several decorative threads; some that I tried was a bit too thick, so the worst thing that happened was that created a hole in the knitted fabric. Well what should I do? I came up with a solution to add a new piece of fabric on top using the Cover stitch to stitch it in place. It became a part of the decoration.
Hints:

  • For the Chain Stitch and Cover Stitch use a piece of your fabric for start and stop, and cut those off with a scissor, after each stitch.

  • Use the extension table that comes with the HUSQVARNA VIKING® HUSKYLOCK™ s25, it will be easier to handle the fabric that you are decorating. 
  • If you get skipped stitches due to heavy threads, do not worry, do as I did, use the scrap pieces and cut out a shape of your won choice, and stitch it in place with your sewing machine with at straight stitch a zig zag or by using free motion.
  • Iron the hem before sewing the Cover stitch, it will be easier for you to keep it straight and to sew the stitch where you want it.

    Here is the finished result, as a dress and as a top. Two options in one garment. Great!

    Bring you friends over hand try this together it is so quick, fun and inspirational. If your friends has got overlock machines too, tell them to bring them along and set up each overlock with a different technique.

    • 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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