Category Archives: Sewing

Make more use of your embroidery designs!

October 14, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Embroidery Software, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

To decorate your garment with embroideries, when you sewing a new jacket for instance, you can create a super cool personal look. Use any of your favorit embroideries. They can be transformed in so many ways. I wanted to share how I decorated a jacket I made a couple of years ago.

I selected one Flower Design from HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #125 ”Funky Flowers”, and I sewed the embroidery on the left side of the jacket. To add more, I wanted to pick some pieces of the embroidery design and add it on the collar as well as below the first embroidery. A template was used to draw some wavy lines with a pictogram pen, and those lines were stitched with a reinforced straight stitch to make the lines more visible. If you are good at drawing you can of course draw a freehand wavy line. Finally I stitched some beads on the embroidery designs, which can be done on the sewing machine, if the hole of the bead is not too small. I did that with only the sewing machine needle, not using any presser foot. You can use tweezers to hold the bead.

Edit any of your favorit embroidery designs by using the possibility in HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery Extra and select the pieces you need. I prefer to use the polygon select as it’s really easy to use.

The pictures are showing the left and right side of the collar and the left front of the jacket. Finally I also embroidered my name inside the jacket.

Kerstin is expecting a new grandchild (her second), and she has been preparing a lot the last weeks. In Sweden the most common thing is that we don’t find out beforehand if it is a boy or a girl. We prefer to be surprised. So therefore Kerstin does not know if she will get a grandson or a granddaughter, well how can she prepare then? Here is a sample of what she has done. One pink and one light blue hat. Only one of them will be used by the new baby!

Happy Sewing!

If you have any questions of the topic, please email:
lena.kantis@europe.svpworldwide.com

Back @ the office!

August 13, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

I wish all of you have had a great summer! I must say we have had a fantastic warm and sunny summer in Sweden, which we are not used to have. But most of us swedes truly appreciate nice summers as it provides more energy for the autumn season!

My apologies for not being able to post much during some weeks, however I will make it up to you and from now write every week, and will let you know what I am working with and where I will travel during this autumn.

Since I wrote last time I went on vacation to Greece with my family to visit my mother in law. We do live in her house while we are there. I had a lot to at the office before the vacation which I not had time to finish so I brought some work with me, both sewing projects and paper work. For instance I had not finished the top for my sister in law in orange dupoine silk, shich you can read about in earlier blog post from June 9th. I brought it with me to Greece and finished the last interfacing around the neckline and sent it to her from there. I did also have to mend Johanna’s bathing suite, so she could use it Greece, the straps was not sewn properly so I did stitch them in place. It was good for me that we gave my mother in law a HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing machine for her 70th birthday, so I could borrow it!

Since I wrote last time I went on vacation to Greece with my family to visit my mother in law. We do live in her house while we are there. I had a lot to at the office before the vacation which I not had time to finish so I brought some work with me, both sewing projects and paper work. For instance I had not finished the top for my sister in law in orange dupoine silk, shich you can read about in earlier blog post from June 9th. I brought it with me to Greece and finished the last interfacing around the neckline and sent it to her from there. I did also have to mend Johanna’s bathing suite, so she could use it Greece, the straps was not sewn properly so I did stitch them in place. It was good for me that we gave my mother in law a HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing machine for her 70th birthday, so I could borrow it!

After Greece I went back to Sweden for two days, and then off to the USA, to attend the HUSQVARNA VIKING® convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A city that was great to visit, I might even have relatives, somewhere around there, since my grandmother had a brother and a sister that immigrated to this area. I have unfortunately not investigated in my family history, but maybe one day I will take the time to do it. I loved to see the HUSQVARNA VIKING® dealers and colleagues, and most of all it was great fun to get feedback on the products we’ve been working on for some time now. Next week I will show you more from of this!

Speciality Bobbin Case (#920 033-096).
A question that I have got from several sewers is how to adjust the thread tension of the bobbin thread, and my answer is: Do not change it! If you need to make changes, I would suggest the Specialty bobbin case that is made for use of special threads and thicknesses, yarns and braids and the possibility to adjust the tension as much as you like. No need to worry and the great thing is that it is easy to recognize as it is white. It comes with an instruction, and a screwdriver.

Read more about this accessory here (page 41)

Here comes the second tip of the week:
For our large family (including lots of relatives), we have during the years bought lot of different beds and they are in different sizes, therefore the bed linen for them are also in various sizes. (We have both King and Queen Size beds). My trick is to sew a little decorative stitch along the top edge of the bed linen that fits the Queen Size bed. In that way I can easily separate them and keep track of which I will need for each bed.

Now after the vacations and summer I have more energy and feel happy to start creating new sewing projects. Next week I will show a new innovative way of embroider, which you need to see!

Best wishes,
Lena

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

    Creating a “Chanel” jacket!

    June 9, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

    Last week we had the first internal presentation of the new products that will be introduced in July/August. It is very exciting to have been a part of the whole process, from ideas to finished products. You will be able to see all of this in August.

    This week I have my sister in law as a guest at home, Elena. Her step daughter is going to get married at the end of this summer and I have helped her to create a new beautiful outfit in a fantastic orange Dupioni silk that Elena can wear at the wedding. It is an outfit in three parts consisting of a skirt, a top and a jacket.

    The jacket is a kind of  “Chanel” jacket, like Burda pattern 7634 (pattern B).
    The decoration for the jacket has been made by using the Ruffler Presser Foot. I think this presser foot is our “biggest” one on the market and my nick name for it is “the Dinosaur”.
    I like what it can create with it and it is good to use for both garments and home decorations.
    If you have not yet tried it, I can really recommend it! It is outstanding.

    This is how I used it for the wedding outfit:

    Hint: Thread the sewing machine, top and bobbin before attaching the Ruffler.

    1. Decide how wide your ruffle should be on your sewing project. I like them fairly narrow. The one I have created here is a strip two inches wide (5 cm), After tha I fold it lengthwise. If you wish to use a wider strip, overlock the raw edges after folding it lengthwise, and have the overlock edge to the right in the ruffler. In that way it can be as wide as you wish.

    2. Iron the fold.
    3. Adjust the Presser foot, and follow the instruction from the Accessory Catalogue page (23).

    When you have created a long strip, add it on the edge of the sleeves, and/or at the edge of the jacket, all around the neckline and front. You can of course add it anywhere you like. You can see lot of these kinds of decorations on the stores right now.

    The top, I’m creating for Elena, is from Burda Pattern 7919.

    The embroidery is from a wonderful HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection called “Paisley” #134. This is a design collection I can simply not live without. I have used all of these embroideries in one way or the other. If you love it as much as I do, you can find it at myembrodieries.com.

    I love the colors in bronze and brown that Elena has selected. I will only add the facing and iron it to the backside, and the top will be completed.

    Next time I will tell you about a very Swedish tradition that is happening ones a year here in Sweden called; Midsummer and let you know how we usually celebrate it.

    So be sure to check back next week. I will add a surprise for you!!!

    Best sewing wishes

    Lena

    PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send Lena an email: lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com (English only). The embroidery is from a wonderful HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection called “Paisley” #134. This is a design collection I can simply not live without. I have used all of these embroideries in one way or the other. If you love it as much as I do, you can find it at myembrodieries.com.

    I love the colors in bronze and brown that Elena has selected. I will only add the facing and iron it to the backside, and the top will be completed.

    Next time I will tell you about a very Swedish tradition that is happening ones a year here in Sweden called; Midsummer and let you know how we usually celebrate it.

    So be sure to check back next week. I will add a surprise for you!!!

    Best sewing wishes

    Lena

    PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send Lena an email: lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com (English only).

    Crazy and fun sewing zig zag!

    May 31, 2010, Posted in Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

    Let me share some ideas on how to create decorations on shirts. Here are three different ideas:

    1.
    I took one of my husbands, shirts to practice on. It was a plain red shirt. I used the pictogram pen and I drew wavy lines by hand as the idea is to make the shirt to stand out and to be unique. If you are using zigzag, like I did, you need to make the curves wide because it is easier to follow with the red center mark of the Presser Foot B then. I played around a bit with the settings of the zig zag. Some seams was wider, some more narrow, and I used the three step zig zag too as you can see on the picture.

    To sew the zig zag stitches, add stabilizer on the backside of the shirt. For the collar I used water soluble stabilizer and for the body of the shirt I used regular Tear-Away. Play with the threads, and the color of threads. On this shirt I used black metallic thread, cotton 30 weight thread as well as embroidery thread in a nice red color tone.

    2.
    Second idea is to decorate a shirt when you are sewing it, with a little stitch. This is a great way to add a personal detail and to use the possibility to use the single pattern program. Select the stitch on your HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER machine (for instance Menu N for fashion stitches), and click on the Stop button. It will automatically stitch one single stitch pattern. Try it if you have not tested this before.
    3.
    Third shirt is sewn and decorated with monochrome embroidery. I do think it is nice with tone on tone embroideries.

    • 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!
    • ARCHIVES

      • 2013 (1)
      • 2012 (25)
      • 2011 (28)
      • 2010 (43)
      • 2009 (14)