Decorative Stitches and Needle Effects.

September 3, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis
3
Sep

France was wonderful. I was only away for three days, if I count the total travel, but it is always such a great happy feeling and energy to get to see new places, as well as the people and my friends in the sales company.

And a big WOW for me was when managed to travel on my own with train and bus from Avignon to Marseille Airport. The first thing that happened on this trip was that the lady in the ticket office said this to me: – I do not understand any English. I simply had to use my poor French and managed to get the person to understand what I wanted. (I certainly need to practise my French a bit more, it’s such a beautiful language.)

This week I am going to prepare for my next trip and that will be to Drammen in Norway, near Oslo. There I will have workshops and a presentation of the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery System for the Norweigan dealers. I will make some more samples before I go, so I will need to start to sew the embroideries now. I have forget to tell you about the videos in the 5D Learning Center. They explain many of the features of the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery System.

The dresscode for the Nordic sales company meetings are going to be sewn clothes in a color code of: Black, white and red. However we can sew anything we like, which is good! I have decided to create a jacket and a new dress. I hope I will get them both done by next week. (Remember always shoot for the Stars – and you will always get at least to the moon.)

The jacket is going to be embellished with decorative stitches sewn with a twin needle. I thought it could be a good idea to let you see what you can do by using different kinds of sewing machine needles. (There are many more needles to choose from in your store!) Here are some of the different possibilities:

• Inspira Wingneedle.

Wing needle is great for decorative hem stitching on tightly woven natural fiber fabrics. The “wing” creates small holes by separating the fibers, when used with hemstitches, like the entredeux stitch.

• Inspira Top Stitch Needle.

Can be used in the same way as the Wing needle, and it will create holes that is slightly smaller than created by the Wing needle.
It’s great when you want to hem a pair of jeans using a heavier jeans thread or cotton thread.

Note: You need to have a stabiliser underneath the fabric when you use any of those two needles.

• Inspira Twin Needle.

I have taken pictures of my test piece of different stitches using the twin needle, and a detail of a blouse we made for the HUSQVARNA VIKING® H|CLASS E10.

My sample is showing how I will decorate my jacket on the edges and sleeves.

 

I also use the Stretch Twin needle for hemming sweatshirts and t-shirts in knitted fabrics. It gives the final touch to a garment.

 
There are many different sizes of twin needles to choose from. From Twin 1.6/70 up to Twin 6.0/100. Select size depending on the weight of your fabric, and wanted look. (Choose a Stretch Twin Needle for knitted fabrics.)

Note: Make sure you select Twin Needle Safety on your sewing machine if it has got that feature. It will, once you selected your Twin needle width, limit all the stitches to that width to prevent damage to your needle. Attach the B-Foot, and use the manual for instruction how to thread the sewing machine for two threads.

If you havn’t tried those different needles before, you should. It will create a nice and personal look.

Have a great sewing week until next time!
Lena

If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please send an email to: lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com

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5D on my mind!

August 27, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis
27
Aug

I have been waiting so for letting you know about the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery System. No I can finally tell you more! I have been part of the developing process of this new embroidery system and as a member of the team I have been part of creating the marketing material and sewing samples and that is great fun. (I know; I love my job!) I hope you like what you see of this new Software system both feature-wise and the marketing material and sewing projects!

This week I will show you some of the new features in the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery™/ HUSQVARNA VIKING®  5D™ Embroidery Extra. One of the new functions is called “snap to” and that is a great new thing. What it does is; when you have one embroidery on your work area selected and want to add a text above, or around the design, you click on apply and it will automatically snap to the design, so you do not need to move it to the center of the embroidery design. Very neat! The same thing is happening when you use the frames, as long as the design is selected, the frame will be snapping to the design you have on the work area. It’s magic!

Included this week is the Sewing instruction for the Quilt tag: Made with Love by Mom.
Click here to see the instruction >
You can easily make changes for your own tag; change the colors to fit your sewing project and select any of the 119 pre digitized fonts, to make it look the way you want.

There are a lot of new embroidery designs included in the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D Embroidery Software package! See on the sample above. It was made for the aprons on the 5D™ Embroidery package.

Another highlight  is the Encore using Shapes! Use any of the 20 different shapes that goes with the 5D™ Embroidery, and play with your designs, it’s fantastic. Here is an example so you can see what it looks like.

I will be coming back to the 5D™ Embroidery system further on in my blog, with more of how to work with the new features in the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Design Creator.There are so many new cool things to try out.

Kerstin 60 years!’

Kerstin have been sewing most of the sewing samples for the 5D™ Embroidery system. She had her 60th birthday last week, and was out of the office on vacation. Here is how we prepared her office for her return.

We put embroidery threads on her whole desk and on top the sewing machines, and we also put a mannequin with a wig as chair, so when she showed up, she was very surprised to find a person sitting on her chair.

Hope you like my idea to sew the sweets with a four thread overlock stitch to create a decoration. I was in a hurry when I sew it otherwise I think it would have been even better if I would had used a ribbon to add in the stitch. It can a perfect Christmas tree decoration too, don’t you agree?

This weekend I will travel to France, and be part of a Dealer meeting in Avignon. My main task will be to present the 5D™ Embroidery System!

Happy Sewing!
Lena

If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please send an email to: lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com

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Cutwork in the easiest way!

August 20, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis
20
Aug

Wow, I can´t stop! Today I have started using the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Embroidery Cutwork Needle kit, and the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Embroidery Collection #230 “Easy Cutwork”. I haven’t tried it earlier as I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop once I start.

The new “Easy Cutwork” design collection is very generous – it includes many designs: 10 designs for the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Large Hoop 240×150, 11 designs for the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Hoop 170×100 and 21 bonus elements complementing the other designs. Follow the instructions in the booklet that comes when you buy the whole collection and you will find how convenient it is to sew the beautiful cutwork designs.

The designs can be used without the Cutwork Needle Kit. However, be aware it involves a lot of small areas to cut by hand.

My sewing projects:
In the office I started try on a linen fabric, and I think it looks fabulous. So I brought a piece of the fabric with me home to wash it before I start with the embroidery just to make sure it won’t shrink later on. (I do not want it to become too “small” for me!)

At home I started a second project. The second fabric is a medium weight knit, in a deep brown color, suitable for the fall. Hope you can see the wonderful cutwork areas with the decorative honeycomb stitches in the cutwork area. I have not decided what I will make out of this yet, I cut a big enough piece for a skirt, or a part of a top. It will be some kind of a garment anyway.

Helene, has made a top in a softer knit, in lightweight knit fabric. She also made a fantastic bag with one of the bonus designs from the collection. Great to use when going to the beach for example. Note: The embroidery is sewn on heavy transparent plastic (I bought that in a craft store.) You can also sew on vinyl, paper, leather and suede.

Barbara used the stand-alone embroidery designs to create a bracelet and she did also add them on her shoes. Fun, fun, fun!

I have included more pictures our embroideries, the white linen fabric looks so amazing, and the design is very special because it has got alignment stitches in all four corners so you can create as large embroidery as you want. I think that would look astonishing on curtains or pillows. Don’t you think so too?

My suggestion before you go ahead with your project is:
Take a piece of the fabric that you are going to use for your project, and try both the embroidery and wash away the water soluble stabiliser. It is a well invested time. You might need to add an additional iron-on stabiliser suitable for your fabric, because if the fabric is too soft/lightweight, the satin stitches will not stay on the edge when you wash it.

If you sew the HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER™ RUBY dress, it does come with fantastic cutwork embroideries, and of course you can use the Cutwork needles also on these designs. Hint: the embroidery does look great in only one color too.

Remember, always; clean the bobbin area after you are done embroidering!

Have fun sewing!
Lena

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Back @ the office!

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

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

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How great to have a grandmother like Kerstin!

July 1, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis
1
Jul

Before jumping into the projects of this week, I am now very happy to be able to show you a sneak peek of the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing and embroidery machine and now you can even see some small parts of the dress I talked about last week. Click here to have a look >>

Kerstin is one of our sewing experts in the sewing studio here at the office in Huskvarna creating many of our sewing projects for machine launches. Kerstin has a loving grandson she usually picks up once a week and they have a cosy afternoon together. Kerstin always makes pancakes for Oscar when she has picked him up, and I am sure that he loves to be with his grandmother.

Last week, Kerstin started to teach Oscar how to sew! With time he will be very skilled, and on top of his private lessons with Grand Mother, he will be going to take textile lessons in school. Sewing will be a new exciting experience. As you can see in the pictures, Oscar is doing fantastic. He practiced sewing on several of our sewing machines. He learned how to embroider and he also tried our overlock machines.

Oscar and Kerstin created the most fantastic pillow with an embroidery of a red sports car.  This car is a design from the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #159 called “Wheels for Everyone”.


Inserting the zipper was done by using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Narrow Zipper Foot, (4125657-45). You can see in the pictures how Kerstin taught Oscar how to pin the zipper in place before sewing. In the Accessory Catalogue you can find instructions on how to use the foot on page 20.

Thanks Oscar and Kerstin for sharing your sewing. I can’t wait to see what will come next!

My sewing will be displayed later, as it is still a secret (a fantastic and innovative new embroidery collection from HUSQVARNA VIKING®!). I have taken pictures and will share them with all of you in August when the embroideries are available. Until then I will be sewing in Greece with my mother in law. We gave her a HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing machine for her 70th birthday, and let me tell you, she has never ever been happier about a present before. It will also be useful for me as I have started plenty of sewing projects to be able to have some new outfits for my trip to US in July.

I will be back with a new update later in July just before I will travel to the US and I wish you all a fantastic “sewing” during this summer!

Relax and have fun!

Lena

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

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    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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