Category Archives: Sewing

Appliqué – how to!

February 26, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Embroidery, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

This week has been very fun, with a lot of meetings as I am involved in so many fantastic projects. However, most of them are not possible to write about yet. What I can say right now is that you will be seeing a lot of new products coming this year, all kind of projects. You will probably not believe it but we are already preparing for Christmas!This week’s sewing consists of making a small present for one of my friends, made in the embroidery hoop. This magic design collection is called HUSQVARNA VIKING® “Pretty Purses in the Hoop” (#171). I made it in my friend’s favorit color, red. Before I put the red silk in the embroidery hoop together with the tear-away stabilizer, I did add an iron-on batting on the fabric to create a better stability and body of the purse. I used one color instead of three, as I love this black metallic thread. The best option for metallic threads is to use a needle with a bigger eye. An INSPIRA™ Topstitch needle is my recommendation. To lower the speed when embroidering can sometimes make a better result and avoid thread breaks. This is however not always necessary, as it depends on the elasticity of the metallic thread. Don´t forget to check back next week to see the result.

My daughter Athina had a day off from school this week and came with me to work, She started on a new sewing project; a new hood sweater. She selected a black fluffy polyester fabric that is very soft. To add a personal touch she added an appliqué. Here is the result, I think she did great!

Sewing appliqués are easy if you have got the right tools. The best presser foot to use is the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Open Toe Foot (412 80 09-45), or in clear plastic HUSQVARNA VIKING® Open Toe Foot (413 03 19-45). Read more about the feet in the accessory catalogue, page 59. I can honestly say that this presser foot is one of the top ten presser feet there are. In my opinion a “must have”. It is great that they fit on all our sewing machine groups.

This is how you do appliqués:

  • Select a picture to use or make your own drawing for the appliqué.
  • Print out a copy of the drawing.
  • Copy the drawing on to a double faced iron-on stabiliser using a pen. 
  • Cut the iron on stabiliser around your drawing.
  • Iron on the stabiliser on the wrong side of the appliqué fabric.
  • Cut out the appliqué.
  • Pull off the paper of the iron on stabiliser and iron it on the project, or garment at the position of your choice.
  • Sew with a satin stitch around the edge using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Open Toe Foot, and a tear-away under the fabric (please see picture of Athina sewing with p.foot)
  • Sew other details with sewing machine stitches, or add small appliqués of fabric for details too.

Have fun and enjoy your sewing!  

Best wishes

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

Walking on the edge!!!

February 5, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Embroidery, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

Not as dangerous as it might sound! I am talking about topstitching around the edges of garments, curtains or jeans.  

This week I thought it might be a good idea for you to see how I used the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Left Edge Top Stitching Foot, to finish my pyjamas from last week. You can see an image of the foot below or click here to read more about the foot in the HUSQVARNA VIKING® accessory catalogue. 

I used the inner right side of the foot to guide the fabric. Together with the underside of the foot, that is designed to glide along the folded edge, you will get a beautiful top stitch on your project. The great thing is that it does fit all HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing machine groups from 1-7 (please click here to read more about the machine groups in the HUSQVARNA VIKING® accessory catalogue).     


Look at the monogram above, which I created by using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D™ EXPRESS MONOGRAM software . A very important detail in everything you sew is to change the sewing machine needle to fit the fabric and technique. On this silk fabric I switched to a thin Inspira Microtex 70 needle. Remember – needles should never be used more than approximately 7 hours to give the best result!

As promised I have also included the sewing instruction for the apron.
Download sewing instructions here (pdf)

Here is a little hint on how to sew the bias bindings on the apron: 

Use a small zigzag in the same color as the bias binding. Press the bias binding so that you have a little bit wider edge on one of the sides. That wider part of the bias binding is going to be folded to the backside of the apron, to make it easier to “catch” the edge of the backside when using a narrow zigzag (width and length at 1.5 – 2.stitched from the right side of the apron). 

Happy Sewing!

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

Sewing and embroidering this week!

January 29, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

To get to know the overlock practise on simple things, like making a T-shirt, sweater or pyjamas pants, Athina my youngest daughter, sew a pair of pyjamas trousers in flannel. She found that it was both easy and very nice to sew them on the overlock machine.It was her very first try on the overlock machine. My oldest daughter Johanna loves to sew on the overlock machine and she knows how to thread it too. To help you, if you ever run into trouble, we have put the overlock threading instructions on the web:      

Click here to come to the threading guides  

A silk pyjamas is one of the projects I have started. I have soon finished the trousers. I will only add the elastic and stitch the hem before I am done. I think it is a lovely color, “raspberry red”.  My plan is to sew a monogram on the pocket of the shirt. It is very lightweight, and it will look good when I wear it. I will bring it next weekend when I travel to London. (secret mission!) 

I did find more things in my basement, some old skirts that my mother sew when I was 15. The skirt is cut as a circle and it was fun to find that the same pattern was included in the new patterns magazines released this month in Europe. It might be due to the fact that the musical “Grease” is very popular in London and Stockholm now. My sister and I did have the same kind of skirt in yellow, but in different prints as you can see in the picture below.  


Lately I have been working on a lot of secret projects at work. I am excited and will share more with you a bit later, but I can tell you I am running the embroidery machine 10 hours a day at work with wonderful embroideries. All these embroideries will be included in marketing material later this year. Below you can see the fabric to one of the embroidery projects I am working on. I have embroidered on my HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER DIAMOND™ sewing and embroidery machine. It will end up as a vest when it is done. This is also one of the things I will bring to London next weekend. I will share how to create the embroidery later on.

My next sewing project that I will be working on for myself is a new cocktail dress. I am going to an elegant dinner and would like to look fabulous. I think I will make it in a turquoise satin. I will draw the pattern during this weekend and tell you more about it later.

During last week I got a request from one of the blog readers. I was asked to write some sewing instructions for the apron. I will write that and include it next week.

Have a great sewing week all of you!

Best sewing wishes

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

Best wishes for a new wonderful sewing year 2010!

January 18, 2010, Posted in Sewing by  Lena Kantis

I hope you have all had great holidays with your family, friends and some time for doing the things you love.

I have sewn some smaller things since last time. My mother in law loved the apron Johanna got for Christmas present so much so I had to sew one for her too. And when I finally got that done I made one for my husband as well. He got one with an embroidered text on it saying: “Kiss the Chef”.

I have also mended a pair of jeans. You know a pair that already had some holes in it. However the hole that I did mend was not meant to be. It was in an area where it gets worn out easily.

The mending and darning stitch is one of my favourite stitches on the HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing machines! I know it sounds crazy but it is true! It is super good, because when you have sewn, you will hardly see where the hole was from the beginning. You only have to pick a thread in the exact matching colour as the fabric. I have mended lots of jeans and garments with it, especially when the kids used to play football and fell on their knees often!

Here is how you mend:

Add, on the wrong side of the fabric, an iron-on-stabiliser or cut a piece of denim big enough to cover the hole. (Pin the denim in place, if you choose to have denim behind the hole.)

Use the mending stitch and sew straight over, with the hole horizontally and the stitches vertically. Press the reverse button and finish darning. Press the Stop button to duplicate the process. Move the fabric and repeat until you have mended the hole.

Many of my friends find it very boring to mend, but I don’t think so, as it is such a great stitch, the result is beautiful and it is very quick.

Hint: I have seen this stitch used as a decoration on haute couture garments sewn with really colorful threads repeated all over the fabric. I like this idea!

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

More Christmas gift sewing!

December 18, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration, Seasonal, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

We have snow! I love it! It has been several years in a row without snow at Christmas, so I hope it will stay some days now so we can get a “white Christmas” this year.

I am working on some last minute Christmas gifts. My daughter Johanna have an apron on her wishlist, and I thought it would be very fun to sew one in the same fabric as the breadbasket. She is very fond of black, so I think she will love it. I sew her name on the apron using the HUSQVARNA VIKING®  4D Embroidery. There are so many beautiful fonts to choose from within the software.


Next suggestion for a quickly embroidered Christmas gift is a kitchen towel, or any towel you want of course. I bought a ready made and added Johanna’s Monogram on mine.

If you are like me, saving all small scraps, here are some other small things to create:

• Potholder, in a log cabin technique.

• A small quilted wall hanging. This one I bought in Japan. It was made on HUSQVARNA VIKING® Designer SE.  Size is 5,5” (14cm) x 8” (20cm. )

• My colleague Karin made nice embroidery on a pillowcase also using the HUSQVARNA VIKING®  4D Embroidery.

this was all for this week. Now I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! now it’s time for a short blog break, but I will come back with new fresh ideas and news from HUSQVARNA VIKING® next year. Next update of the blog will be at the first week of January.

Best sewing wishes from Lena, and all of my colleagues here in Sweden.

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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