Category Archives: Sewing

New Year & New Fantastic Sewing Adventures!

January 15, 2013, Posted in Home Dec, Inspiration, Quilting, SewFun! Blog, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

I hope you have had time to relax and enjoy time with your friends and family. During the holidays I have been sewing new curtains for my kitchen, and for for my sons kitchen too! Here you can see my new red curtains for my kitchen.

The Husqvarna Viking team have been working with a surprise for some time, and you will enjoy it a lot, I am sure!

A NEW fresh wonderful and ”Sew Much Better” Husqvarna Viking homepage!

Among the new great features you will find:

  • The perfect match tool! All you have to do, select: Your area of sewing interest + your sewing level + what kind of sewing you wish to do = the perfect Sewing Machine for you!
  • There will be a new superb overview of all the Husqvarna Viking accessories. It’s really great as the accessories, will help you to get the very best sewing result effortlessly.
  • A support area where you will be able to download the Husqvarna Viking PDF manuals, I know you have been asking for it!
  • Much more inspiration! With for example a User Gallery which allows you to upload and share your own sewing creations and get inspiration and ideas from other Husqvarna Viking family members.


 I will be ”off duty” this year and will be sewing in China, working on some secret projects, to learn more, and to bring in more of the contemporary art in my work.  I will spend time to explore at lot of creative sewing. If you want to see some work of my tutor Linda Kemshall please click here. Here is a wonderful quilt that she has been making: “Storm at Sea” a combination of piecing and painting with free motion quilting and fabric pastel highlights. (



Sew Fun! Blog is changing to “Joy of sewing!” Blog

While I’m working on my “secret” projects you have to stay tuned with the Blog. With the new Husqvarna Viking website the blog will be renamed to “Joy of Sewing!” Blog and it will be written by my colleague Carina Thavelin.

She will take you behind the scenes of what we are working on in the office, and share tips and hints of sewing with her own personal touch. The new blog pages will still give you many possibilities to get sewing inspiration and a lot more. So make sure to change your bookmarks and follow Carina while I’m in China.

If your country has not yet released the new website when you read this blog post, it will before end of March. So please hold on a little while and you’ll see something new really soon…

Before I leave you I have myself nominated the most crazy thing I have sewn, to share with you!

A coffee filter!

I was desperate one morning, I had run out of coffee filters and I am a coffee addict.

By the way: Sweden is the second most coffee drinking people in the World and the stores in Sweden are not open 24-7. I did come up with the idea to sew one by using tear-away stabiliser on my overlock machine. Why not? Here it is!


Have a Happy Sewing Year 2013!

Thank you and ”sew” long Lena.


October 24, 2012, Posted in Accessories, Inspiration, Overlock, Quilting, SewFun! Blog, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

As I was working on my dress, and have not yet been able to locate stores that has got all the items I would like to use, I did come up with other solutions. Thought you might want to see what I did. Instead of the lace for the edge around the v-neck and sleeves, I used a matching solid blue stretch fabric. Cut a long strip and ironed it lengthwise to be used as a piping. To help me keeping it perfectly on the width of 4mm, I did use the basting stitch (6 mm long straight stitch) to run on the folded edge 4mm from the edge. Then it was easy to sew along that line stitching it in place on the dress.  I recommend using the Husqvarna Viking® Interchangeable Dual Feed Foot, when you are sewing on several layers of stretch fabric. 

Next thing was to stitch it along the edge, following the 15mm (5/8th) seam allowance. Iron again and finally I top stitched below the piping with a twin needle (2mm). Of course using the Twin Needle Safety in the Set Menu to make sure I do not accidentally hit any other stitch and prevent me from breaking my needle.

  I have finished the dress and the wallhanging. Here they are!

I have cut another dress in black with white dots. A Burda Magazine that I did bring here had a nice pattern.

Happy Sewing!


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Maxi dress- best mosquito protection!

July 12, 2012, Posted in Overlock, SewFun! Blog, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

Maria has inspired me to sew a dress! She did sew a very nice long dress, in a medium weight knit on her overlock. I borrowed her pattern, which is a Burda pattern number 7555.

Here is a picture of the two of us!

Note, the difference in length between the two of us. The great thing of sewing our own Maxi dresses are of course the possibility to get the length we want. Maria do rarely find dresses for her length.

Eva-Britt, did help me to pin the hem, then I did iron it before stitching. (If the fabric is very heavy, leave it on a hanger for 24 hours then it will not change in length.) I did learn something new as Eva-Britt was pinning. She told me to always start sewing from the bottom of the skirt parts if the dress is like the above, A- shaped. It will keep the layers come together in a better way.

I wanted to share two options to hem the skirt; You can easily hem it by using a twin needle, or you can use the new Inspira™Clear Coverstitch Foot for the Husqvarna Viking® Huskylock s25. See in the accessory user´s guide how it does work.

See how it is creating a nice hem. After finishing it is easy to use the scissor to cut off the excess of them on the inside.

On Sunday we will travel to Rhodes, Greece to visit my mother in law, and to have our vacation. It is wonderful.  However one of the reasons for me to sew a long dress is due to the fact that in Rhodes, there are many mosquitos.  Last year I had 25 spots on each leg from the knees down to my feet, and I did realize that if I wore a long dress, the mosquitos could not get to my legs to bite me.
As my mother in law has got a sewing machine and an overlock, I will bring a piece of fabric to create another dress.

I will stay three weeks in Greece, then I will be back at the office. I will keep you updated on some sewing that will take place in Greece as well as sharing a couple of things we have worked on lately.

Happy Sewing.


Wedding preparations!

March 29, 2012, Posted in Inspiration, SewFun! Blog, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

Kerstin is very busy- her daughter Josephine is getting married in June, and there are many projects that will be sewn for the wedding.

Here is the very first thing Kerstin started to make. She embroidered all the names of the guests on the napkin rings. That way it will be easy for everybody to find their seats.

Since my last blog I have been in London for one week making more videos with Sue Hausmann and Janie Lantz at our VSM software company. Guess what- there is something new exciting for you to see at the end of April!

A new Husqvarna Viking® Design Collection #246 “Shadow Lace Embroideries” is very beautiful, instead of using a lot of thread this is using fabric to enhance the design. Embroider on light weight fabrics such as tulle, or organza. Then add fabric underneath the design. It will make the design pop. I will soon try this myself.

This week I am in China for a week visiting my husband, and I am very happy as I have sent one sewing machine and an embroidery unit. I need to finish a project and would like to sew a new dress too. I will buy some fabric tomorrow.

And I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter. Here are two Easter embroidery designs that is fun to embroidery for Easter.

I think you recognize the first one, as I posted it last year, but as we have had problems with the link, I wanted to add it here again.

Second one is a sweet Bunny in a basket.

Happy Sewing!!


Happy Anniversary- HUSQVARNA VIKING®140 Years!

February 14, 2012, Posted in Accessories, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

To celebrate our 140 year anniversary, we are today launching a limited edition: the HUSQVARNA VIKING®Tribute™ sewing machines. Two wonderful sewing machines, in lovely red!  

First of the anniversary models is this beautiful HUSQVARNA VIKING® Tribute™ 140C.

 Sewing machine Tribute™ 140 M is as beautiful in red as the above. 

Find out more and see the beautiful sewing

Wish you all a Happy Valentines day and 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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