Christmas sewing in the office!

December 23, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Seasonal, Videos by  Lena Kantis

This week we have had internal sewing training in the office. Around forty participants took part in our “Christmas sewing”. We wanted to share how fun it is to sew, being part of this kind of event, and the experience of working on our top of the line products.

The training consisted of three different classes, were we made one project in each class. They could sew Christmas Cards, a bag for the nuts, and a little towel with small Santa’s or flowers. Here are the projects:

Anders came back after the weekend with the finished sweaters and trousers for his sons. First of all congratulations to a job well done! Thanks for sharing, and I am certain the boys will be very happy for their new cool and cosy outfits.


Hope you are finishing your projects for Sew Your Home Holiday Ready- it is still possible to upload your pictures and share your own projects. Keep sending in pictures of your sewing projects at the Sewers Choice section, we will post the pictures at the Sew Your Home Holiday Ready -site on the 22 December.
Makes sure you take the chance to inspire other sewers around the globe, and give others a chance to admire your work!

Happy Sewing


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Exciting time!

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

Holiday season is getting closer, but there is still time to sew some Christmas gifts. Before I went home from the office yesterday I made a cover for my iphone (it could fit an Ipod as well). It only took one hour to complete, not bad.

You can find the pattern here.

What else have been going on this week?
Anders has moved on to the next step, and have now bought a black sweatshirt fabric and today he has cut the pieces to get started with the sewing. He has decided to embroider on the sweaters, next week we will see more! The construction will be made on the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Huskylock™ S25, our great Overlock machine.
Next week I will ask him to give some comments!

Carina is sewing a Christening gown for one of our colleague’s daughter. The fabric is silk, and it has got beautiful embroideries. On the yoke, she has embroidered HUSQVARNA VIKING® “Delicate Embroideries” #232. The lettering has been created in HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery Software, the name of the baby girl is added together with the date of the Christening, and at the bottom edge of the dress is a fantastic poem: “Happiness too great to explain”. I love it.

Sew a Holiday Ready Home!
I am very excited by the fact that the 10th of December, is today, and you can now upload pictures of your own Holiday projects. (Pictures can be uploaded from the 10th until the 19th of December.) We look forward to see what you have been sewing. I have decided to give away 10 small gifts to the first ten people that have uploaded pictures of your holiday sewing. The important thing is to send me an email after you have uploaded your pictures. Send an e-mail to:

Happy Sewing!


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Ideas for Christmas Cards & Christmas Gifts.

December 10, 2010, Posted in Downloads, Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

Now it is time to get sewing the Holiday gifts, I guess that you might have started! I wanted to share a few sewing ideas that we are working on in Huskvarna. Especially since it’s not only me, doing sewing projects, we are several. I thought you might want to see what we are sewing!

Anders, who works in our company as a Systems Engineer, is going to sew sweatshirts and trousers for his two boys, age 4 and 2. Here is a picture of him drawing the patterns.  Next week you will be able to see more of the development of this project.

I have embroidered a Christmas Card. Here is the card that I will send to my friends.

I have used the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection # 163, “Dimensional Decorations”. I cut the embroidery design so it’s one single “Christmas goat” and it’s embroidered with only two colors.

Note: If you bring it into the embroidery software, do not color sort as it has stitching lines for the appliqué. Black flannel was used as the background fabric, and I had a scrap piece of cotton fabric for the “Christmas Goat”.

Another great sewing project using the “Christmas Goat”, could be to sew potholders.

You can download the design file here.

My little nephew Kevin, wish to get several small things for Christmas presents. Hair styling products, shower gel etc. I bought a toilet bag for him, that was looking nice, and to make it more personal I added his name. I made the name by using the Monogram Wizard in 5D™ Embroidery software.

Next week you will be able to download the last instruction from the holiday campaign Sew a Holiday Ready Home! the “Christmas Lace Ornaments” and we will also open up the Sewers Choice! upload, where you will be able to become sewers top 10 ranked or one of my own 3 Favorite picks. So don’t forget to continue sew all these great holiday stuff too!

Until next week I wish you all a Happy Sewing!


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Let me Show you!

December 3, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration, SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis

It is a true joy for me to help out with information regarding questions that I receive from you dear readers of the “sew fun” blog. The topic this week is to clarify how to embroider the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection # 214 “Towel Magic”.

Before starting the embroidery prepare the following:
Hoop a water soluble stabiliser, such as the Inspira® Dissolve- A –Way Max. Use the pictogram pen to draw a little mark at the center of the top of your towel.

I simply love these wonderful embroideries. I have changed the colors of the embroidery in HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery, to fit the Holiday season, but please note that if you do that, do not color sort, as it will take away the stops, that’s needed for the basting stitches etc.

The “Magic Towel” design collection has got embroideries that comes in different sizes, with combinations that are to be used to embroider the hanger as well as a matching border at the lower edge of the towel.

I could not resist sewing another one, and for the second towel I selected the embroidery from It is “sew” cute.
Note: This collection was made a few years ago, so it does not have the basting stitches that are now added in the HUSQVARNA VIKING Design Collection #214 “Towel Magic”. However it has two alignment stitches to show were to add the towel, so no problems!

Sew a Holiday Ready Home:
This week we are sharing a new instruction and that is how to sew a “Trio of Decorative Pillows”.
If you have difficulty finding the boiled wool, I suggest that you use another woven material, such as satin, silk or any fabric of your choice.  I believe it is more the colors that make the difference.

Happy Sewing!


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Chicken Feet!

November 26, 2010, Posted in SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis

No I am not kidding; I have actually bought chicken feet. Why? Because it was available and I thought they looked fun! I likeed the way it can add something new when it comes do some decorating. I bought it in the leather factory in Reykjavik, Iceland.

I intend to sew a belt using the chicken feet skin as decoration.

Sew a Holiday Ready Home
This week I added an appliqué for the cutwork tree skirt if you want to sew appliqués instead of the cutwork embroideries. Karolina has helped me to come up with a good drawing that is not too complicated to sew as and appliqué. Note that it is not perfectly symmetrical; you have an arrow that shows you which part of the star tha should be pointing up.

Select to sew the appliqués in printed cotton fabric or use any scrap of fabric that you like to use. See my pictures how to sew it. Add a double sided iron on stabiliser to keep the cotton fabric in place and it will also make the sewing of the appliqué stitches easier.

I selected this stitch  but again, there are many to choose from, try on a piece of scrap to see which you like best.
Download the image here >>

Here is a sample, with a printed cotton fabric, and another appliqué made using a scrap piece of wool. Choose the option that fits you the best. Remember nothing is wrong when it comes to sewing- it will only be unique.

I look forward to see what you are sewing. I am certain it will be looking fantastic.

Johanna is spending a week at home. She came with me to the office one day this week and spent it embroidering gifts for one of her friends that have helped her a lot. She embroidered penguins on towels. The penguins can be found on

Until next week!

Happy Sewing

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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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