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Greetings from Iceland!

November 18, 2010, Posted in SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis

It is my first trip to this amazing country; it does not look like anything I have ever seen before. I can see the mountains far away at a distance, with lots of snow. It’s sunny and quite cold, I am glad I brought gloves, hat and warm cloths.

I am here on a business trip, to present all the products that have been introduced during this year. The HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER RUBY™, the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® embroidery design collections, the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® accessories, and of course the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery system. Everything that is new!

I have taken some pictures from the shop here at Iceland, as it has been nicely decorated with ideas for the Holidays. Take a look and get inspired.

Hope you all like the new Holiday Campaign “Sew a Holiday-Ready Home!” , and maybe you have started to sew the “Christmas Eve Snowfall Quilt”? I hope you have!

As promised I have been writing the instruction for the little tag on the backside of the quilt, as it is important to put a date of when you did sew it. Here it is for you to download, both as an instruction and as an embroidery design. The tag has been made using the 5D™ Embroidery software. This is one of the new features that allow you to use two small mini designs in Encore on a shape.

I long to get started with some Holiday project too!

Happy Sewing!

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

Sew a Holiday-Ready Home!

November 12, 2010, Posted in SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis

Now I can finally tell you what we have been working with during several weeks – the Holiday campaign: Sew a Holiday-Ready Home! I’ve had tons of fun, while creating, and sewing all the holiday projects. Check out the first sewing project, the Christmas Eve Snowfall Quilt, and start sew today so you can become a HUSQVARNA VIKING® Sewers Choice!

I love the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Interchangeable Dual Feed Foot! It is perfect for quilting, and made the sewing of the quilt so easy and the result was great. It is also a great help if you are sewing on velvet, stretch fabrics, fake leathers and fabrics that does need precise pattern matching. It can be used for almost all your sewing. It comes with two different Feet, the Straight Stitch Foot and the Zigzag Foot. Beside that we have now got three optional Feet to use with the Dual Feed Foot. Try them at your nearest dealer!

Yesterday I did sew a pair of curtains for my daughter’s room (long narrow panels) within no time by using the Interchangeable Dual Feed Foot again. I love it. I did sew 10 yards and I got a perfect seam, the top layer and the bottom layer of the fabric was even when the seam was coming to an end.

This will be a surprise for her when she comes home; she has been with my sister’s family this week, as they have had autumn holiday from school. Here is how the curtains in her room looks.

Next week I’ll show you have to create the Quilt Label I did for the Christmas Eve Snowfall Quilt. So don’t miss that

Happy Holiday Sewing!

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

Same, same but different.

October 1, 2010, Posted in SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis

I am certain that each person have got their own preferences when it comes to colors.We all have our own favorits, don’t you think? I have one color that I love more than any other and that is turquoise. Every time I can find a fabric in that color I start to plan and think of a suitable project to use it for.

Let me show you the difference. At a sales company meeting here in Jönköping, we all got a white shirt to decorate in our own personal way. Ingrid my colleague, created a beautiful embroidery using designs that are included with the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Designer Diamond™ sewing and embroidery machine. She used plenty of colors, in fact I think it is the colors suggested to use for these embroideries.

I liked the embroideries very much, so I asked her if she would mind to let me use the same combination, but in another way. I selected to use colors in gold, beige, white and sand.
To be able to sew the embroideries on the yoke of the blouse we opened the side seams of the blouse.  Some of the embroideries are using the special technique, Thread Velvet.

If you want to try Thread Velvet, we have several embroidery collections are using this technique. The newest is the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection# 224 Thread Velvet Décor. Six beautiful embroideries made for HUSQVARNA VIKING® Majestic Hoop.

Happy Sewing!

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

Beautiful sewing project; found in Norway!

September 17, 2010, Posted in SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis

When I travelled to Norway, I did that together with my colleague Ingela, and we did it by car, as it is only 5-6 hours drive from Huskvarna.To travel in Norway is fantastic, the scenery and the beautiful landscapes by the fjords are outstanding. I can highly recommend it.

We introduced HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER RUBY™ sewing and embroidery machine, the new 5D™ Embroidery System and the Cutwork Needles for the Norwegian dealers. They also got a plan of what will be happening in the stores, during the next part of the year. I might get back to you later to share the sewing ideas, there are great, quick and easy projects to sew on the overlock! I took some pictures of sewing projects that I saw, and I love to get new ideas. (I did get their permission to show them here!)

A bag made by using the software module Inspira® 4D™ QuiltDesign Creator. It is made by Marit Johannesen, Tönsberg. She has been creating her own beautiful design in the software and then stitched it out on her embroidery machine.

It is great that you can use this software for a quilting robot as well as your embroidery machine! If you want to try how the embroidery will look like, find some free designs on the webpage! http://www.4dquiltdesign.com/info_freedesigns.htm

A Coat, Made by Reidun E. Tanum. I am sure you agree this coat is looking fabulous. Reidun has selected 5 different fabrics, she told me she numbered them when she cut out the pattern pieces in order to have different combinations all over, and to make sure the same fabric was not stitched together. You can also see that she has decorated the coat with embroideries; the embroidery on the waistline is from HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #117, “Mega Borders”.

There is one piece decorated with the Yarn Couching Feet set and the Design Collection#207 “Decorate with Yarn”. Finally she did also use the 4D™ Embroidery Software, to create the text “I´m not afraid of heights” and the combination of the shoes. The shoes are resized from the original design and they are from an Inspira Collection, but now available both on myembroideries, and in the sample file of 5D™ Embroidery Software.

Beautiful and fun! It is easy to find them in myembroideries, by typing the word ‘shoes’ in the searchbox.
The inside of the coat is as beautiful as the outside. She has made a label and she has added a beautiful lace around the inside of the lining. I would love to make a coat like this! Time to start searching for fabrics!

Happy sewing!

Lena

If you have any questions regarding the topic of this week please contact me at:
lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com

Production of Lace.

September 17, 2010, Posted in Downloads, Embroidery, Embroidery Software, SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis

I am running two HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER DIAMOND™ sewing and embroidery machines in my office, like a small embroidery business.

It is going to be a give away embroidery design at the Norweigan Dealer Meeting (one embroidery for each dealer attending).
A beautiful free standing lace created in the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Design Creator
Find the beautiful embroidered lace, with Richlieu bars, CrossHatch Fill, here.

It is going to be a give away embroidery design at the Norweigan Dealer Meeting (one embroidery for each dealer attending).
A beautiful free standing lace created in the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Design Creator
Find the beautiful embroidered lace, with Richlieu bars, CrossHatch Fill, here.
 

Download the 5D lace here >>

If you want to learn how it is created you will find an instruction of a similar design in the new QuickStart Exercises, in the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Design Creator. In the exercise called ‘Fleur de Lys’.

The Nordic dealer meetings are about to take place, first I will travel to Norway, to a city called Drammen. There will be a dealer meeting from Friday until Sunday.
I travel home on Sunday, and on Monday I will travel to Stockholm and work there, at the Swedish dealer meeting.

I did not get to finish any of the two sewing projects; however, I always have a plan B (or even C & D!) in case something goes wrong. It is one of my strengths, to find away around the obstacle in one way or another.

My Plan B this time was to buy a ready made dress, and sew embroideries on it.
I selected an embroidery from a new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Collection that will be launched in October. It is using 60 weight cotton threads (very light weight) for the embroidery.

The white sample is using shrinking bobbin thread! Really cool!
The other sample on the beige fabric is an endless embroidery, and it is the one I have selected for my dress, and the last picture is showing one embroidery design that has got four corner alignment stitches, so you can create your own fabric. Love, love,love!!!

I embroidered black on black, as I like tone on tone, using water soluble stabiliser.
Truly a delicate and exquisite embroidery collection. It will be available in the stores within a few weeks!
The name of the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Embroidery Collection is # 232 “Delicate Embroideries”.

See you next week, have fun sewing!

Lena

PS If you have any questions of the topic of the week, please send an email to:
lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com

If you want to learn how it is created you will find an instruction of a similar design in the new QuickStart Exercises, in the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Design Creator. In the exercise called ‘Fleur de Lys’.

The Nordic dealer meetings are about to take place, first I will travel to Norway, to a city called Drammen. There will be a dealer meeting from Friday until Sunday.
I travel home on Sunday, and on Monday I will travel to Stockholm and work there, at the Swedish dealer meeting.

I did not get to finish any of the two sewing projects; however, I always have a plan B (or even C & D!) in case something goes wrong. It is one of my strengths, to find away around the obstacle in one way or another.

My Plan B this time was to buy a ready made dress, and sew embroideries on it.
I selected an embroidery from a new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Collection that will be launched in October. It is using 60 weight cotton threads (very light weight) for the embroidery.

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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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