Category Archives: Sewing

Sweet Dreams!

May 21, 2010, Posted in Home Dec, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

Thank you Rasmus for being my guest blogger last week! I did enjoy seeing your sewing projects, and your apartment. Looks fabulous! It is fun to see.

I have started to re-decorate one of our bedrooms at home. Athina wanted to have a bigger bedroom when her big brother moved out. We have been moving around beds, and it ended up with having two single beds together in this room as big as a King size bed. So the bedroom that she wanted had this big bed. When granny visited us before Christmas she said: who has got married? (In Greece, where Athinas grandmother comes from, you do not get a bed of that size until you are married. Maybe it has changed, but granny is from a generation that has that built in in their minds)

Well, to make the room more attractive, Athina wanted to have pink curtains. She does also want to have lots of pillows in the bed so I bought her a round long pillow, at the biggest Swedish furniture store; you know the blue and yellow!

It didn’t bought a cover for it but wanted to sew one myself for her. I picked a wonderful white, fluffy, almost like rabbit fur fabric. The cover have to be washable, so I inserted a zipper.

How to sew the cover for a round long pillow:
1. Measure the length of the pillow. (Add seam allowance).
2. I rolled the fabric around to see how much I needed for the width.
(Add seam allowance).
3. Finally calculate the round area; the pillow I bought is 25 cm in diameter. As you can see I did use a plate with the diameter of 26 cm

4. Cut the three parts. One for the long area, and two circles.
5. Use a three thread or four thread overlock stitch around all the edges of the three pieces.

6. Measure and put your zipper on the long piece, see picture. I had a zipper of 60 cm for my pillow and that is 80cm, so I left 10 cm on each end.

7. Time to insert the centered zipper. I did follow the steps, presented in the animated film in the HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing room.
8. Select straight stitch, stitch with a straight stitch, length 2.5. when you reach the first pictogram mark, use the Fix, to tie off, select straight stitch length 6 mm or  “Baste” on your Sewing Advisor. Baste the zipper seam, until you reach the second pictogram mark, sew the remaining seam with a straight stitch, length 2.5 and tie off by using the Fix button to finish

9. Press seam allowances open. Place the right side of the zipper to the wrong side of the seam.
10. Select zigzag. Adjust width to 6.0. Lower the feed teeth. Sew in place with a few bartacks with an inch or so apart.
11. Turn the cover right side out. Select straight stitch.  Snap on Zipper Foot E to the right of the needle.
12. Start stitching across the bottom of the zipper. Pivot and sew the right zipper side. Hint! To prevent the fabric from pulling, sew both sides of the zipper in the same direction.
13. Snap on the presser foot to the left of the needle. Sew across the bottom again and sew the left zipper side.
14. Remove the bartacks and basting.
15. Remove the basting stitches, and open the zipper.
16. Pin the circles, right side to right side of the fabric, and stitch around with straight stitch, length 2.5. using the A-foot. Note, you need to have the zipper opened, in order, to be able to turn it to the right side.

17. Turn the cover, right side out. Put it on your pillow and it is ready.

If you have a fabric that will shrink, do wash it before sewing the cover!

The bed will be great with this new pillow, Athina will dream sweet dreams! I am sure you will be able to sew this too! 

One more hint: If you do not prefer a zipper- of course it will be easy to use Velcro instead!

Happy Sewing!


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

Wrinkles anybody?

May 7, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

A wrinkle is a fold, ridge or crease in the skin (if you look at Wikipedia), but it is not the skin I am going to write about this week. It is fabric. And we all love fabrics, don’t we?

Let me share a great idea with you! We made a very nice dress for one of our embroidery machines launches, which was going to be made in a wrinkled fabric. But we could not find any in our stores in Sweden so we created the wrinkles ourselves. Here is how you can do it.

  • Wash the fabric that you are going to add the wrinkles to. It should be a light weight fabric.
  • When it is still wet, twist it into  a “sausage” and let it dry inside a towel. It will create wrinkles.

  • When it is dried, and has got lots of wrinkles, iron on a stabiliser that will stay and keep the wrinkles forever.


  • Finally sew the embroideries. On the pink dress we used an embroidery from the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Platinum 955E. You can however use any embroidery that is created with few stitches, more like outlines.

My suggestions would be the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #191, “Thread Velvet “ that you can get from But any design that looks like this will work.

Another beautiful choice would be to try with an embroidery design from HUSQVARNA VIKING® called Design Collection #205 “Black and White Art” that you can also get from I love the contrast of black and white. Have a look at my skirt below (under construction) where I have also played with the fabric that is in black and white. Pretty nice, don’t you think?

Use your imagination, experiment and have fun with your sewing!

Next week, Rasmus will write the blog. I will be on Holidays in New York.


PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).

Wheat warmer!

April 30, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

A wheat warmer is such a nice thing to give away, it is a cosy friend when you are cold or when your body is aching. This is my list of some useful areas to use a wheat warmer:

  • It is superb to comfort someone that is getting chemo therapy. Put it on the arm, to take away the cold feeling when the fluid is going into the body, it helps a lot.
  • Put it in your bed, if you feel cold, it does work the same way as a warm bottle.
  • Make a small wheat warmer, to put in the cot to comfort the baby.
  • Another great use of it is for a pregnant woman. It can be made as a belt using velcro to close it. Stitch the tube, with channels to keep the wheat in several areas. It will help if you have pain in your lower back.


My colleague Ingrid has sewn this beautiful wheat warmer for a little girl that is going through chemo therapy. See the nice pictures of the wheat warmer in bright pink with an appliqué of “Hello Kitty”.

The fabric to use for this sewing project should be strong, like a linen fabric or cotton, or a mix of these two. Inside the wheat warmer, you need to find wheat that is whole wheat grains. Tip: If you like lavender, you can add some inside, to get a nice scent.
I made two wheat warmers, one is made as a square that is the same size as a Large Hoop 240 x 150mm, and the embroidery is from built in embroidery of my Designer SE. I resized the embroidery in the embroidery machine with a fantastic result. Of course you can create a wheat warmer in any shape. Make a frog, or a cat, and enjoy the warm comfort. It is fabulous.

How to heat the wheat warmer:

  • In a microwave owen, 3-4 minutes on the highest temperature.
  • If you do not have a microwave you can put it in a regular owen on a temperature of 125 degrees Celsius or 257 Fahrenheit 12-15 minutes.

It will stay warm for at least 20 minutes.

Happy Sewing!

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).

So Green!

April 22, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

I do not know about you, but I find it so much fun to add more colors to the clothes in the spring time and it is super quick if you have an overlock.

I wanted to sew a new dress, and selected a fabric that I already had in my stash. I found a fabric in dark blue jersey fabric with dots in grey, very boring as it is, but when you add some color to it, you can create magic.

To add a bit more excitement to this fabric, I added a lime green color for the triple overlock stitches and sewed from the backside as I wanted to show us much as possible of the stitches.

I completed the look by making a belt in the same color with embroidery in the same dark blue color as the fabric.

You have to try this out for yourself. It is very easy!

  • Decide the length of you belt, my belt measured 40cm and it was 8cm wide
    (do not forget to add seam allowance). It is easier to have a bit bigger fabric, add the embroidery and then cut it in the size you prefer with a rotary cutter and a ruler.
  • Select an embroidery of your choice or decorate with buttons, or why not overlock stitches all over. I reinforced the belt with an iron on stabiliser before sewing the embroidery.
  • On my belt, I used the HUSQVARNA VIKING® embroidery design collection #212 “Majestic Cutwork”. The collection is created for the Majestic Hoop, but it does also include 10 bonus designs to match the larger Majestic Hoop embroideries in this fantastic collection It is easy to be creative with the smaller designs – make your own combinations. I did not use the design as cutwork. I only stitched them as they are on the belt.
  • If you want even more stability in the belt, add another layer of iron on stabiliser.

  • Stitch the seam of the long side of the belt’s right sides together.
  • Cut long strips of the fabric. I used 3 strips on full width of the fabric, one inch wide.
  • Sew the strips on the overlock with the reinforced overlock stitch, iron and fold the fabric like a belt loop and sew directly using the Standard Foot on your HUSQVARNA VIKING® HUSKYLOCK™ s21 or s25 (if you are using HUSQVARNA VIKING® ® HUSKYLOCK™ 936 use the Bias Tape Folder Foot, or the C-Foot).
  • On the short sides of the belt, fold and iron the seam allowance to the inside.
  • Put the ends of the three “belt loop strips” inside the short sides equally spread on the width of the belt, one on each of the outer edges and one in the middle. Pin them in place.
  • Sew the short sides using a straight stitch with a 3mm long straight stitch on your sewing machine.
  • Do the same on the other short side. You can cut the long strips when you have sewn the short sides. I divided my strips, in 1 third on one side and 2 thirds on the other. I wanted to have the knot on the side of the belt, just because it looked better.

I feel great in this new dress, it is so comfortable. I will go and buy a new fabric and sew another one in a fun color. You should try it yourself!

Happy Sewing!

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).

Endless fun!

April 7, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Embroidery, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

Several questions were asked about the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Hoop, so I wanted to give you some additional information on how to work with it and why it is so great to have!

To work with the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Hoop, you need to have a software version in your embroidery machine that does recognise the embroidery hoop, so it is included in the list of available embroidery hoops. All of the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Designer series machines can be updated online.
Go to the machine updates page to get the latest update!
How to use the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Hoop, step by step:
(This example shows how to do it on the DESIGNER DIAMOND™, but it is very similar with all the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Designer machines and the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Platinum 950E).

1. Sew the first embroidery. The last stitch that is created is the alignment stitch. This is the most important stitch to keep track of!

2. When the embroidery has finished, and the Designer Diamond is asking if you want to clear the screen, click on the close button (Cancel – do not clear the screen).

3. Open the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Hoop, and pull the finished embroidery away from you.

4. Keep the fabric and stabiliser aligned with the ruler on the right side.

5. Click plus, on the stitch count, two times. First time it is recognising the hoop and the second time it is moving to the alignment stitch.

6. Bring the needle down by turning the hand wheel, exactly on the alignment stitch, and tighten the hoop.

7. Tighten the fabric, and stabiliser, and press the start button again.

8. Run as many embroideries as you need for your project.

Pictured here is the newest HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection# 208, “Endless Cotton Lace”. I have sewn one insertion lace to add on a dress that I am making, and I have sewn the edge lace to add around the hem of the same dress. The two laces are matching buddies! I will sew more of these, because they are wonderful. A little hint is to use the Top Stitch needle, size 90, which has got a larger eye, as the embroideries are made for 30 weight cotton thread.

I did find another small Easter project I did teach here at the office when I was new employed. We had an internal training on the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Designer I, which was the top of the line embroidery machine at that time. A fantastic embroidery machine, I still remember how fascinated I was, when the embroidery was running, I was sitting next to it drinking my coffee and watching the cursor on the interactive screen, how it was moving as the embroidery was growing on the fabric.

This is what I created then – A quick little pot holder. It says “Happy Easter” in Swedish on it. The embroidery design is coming from HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #4, “Holidays”. As you can see I have used it a lot in my kitchen during the Easter. Since the Easter holidays already is over for this time you can always create a pot holder with any embroidery you like or create one like mine and use for next Easter.

Kerstin has finished a coat this week, and it looks fantastic on her. Here is a little picture of how she did adjust the hem of the lining. She put the dress form on our iron table, and did make sure it had a perfect length.

Here is how the finished coat is looking on Kerstin. No doubt, when you are sewing your own garment, you will be able to get a garment that does fit your own body.

Happy sewing!


PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: (English only).


    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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