Love is in the air!

June 24, 2010, Posted in SewFun! Blog by  Lena Kantis
24
Jun

Soon I am able to reveal one of the new fantastic products that we have been out showing at our European sales companies last week. I hope you are as exited as I am to see what it is! Among all the sewing samples done using this new product, my favourite is a beautiful dress. You will probably love it as much as I do…

My work this week is to create easy exercises for the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® 5D™ Embroidery Software that is about to be launched really soon. I have made a little tag, that could be used on a quilt for instance, and I am writing the instructions for it. There are some very interesting new features, that will make small things so much easier, and that is so cool. You will all love it! I will soon be able to share more of the items made in 5D!

Now it is only one more week before I will have vacation. I feel eager to sew some more before that, as I will only have three days in the office after my vacation to work and to sew garments, for the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
I look forward to see all of the HUSQVARNA VIKING® dealers, their staff and my American colleagues.

It does create so much energy to use for the rest of year, and we will then be ready to show all new products in the stores.

Next week Kerstin will share her sewing she did together with her grandson Oskar. She taught him how to embroider and to sew a pillow.

Happy Midsummer and have a great sewing week!
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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Swedish Midsummer coming up!

June 24, 2010, Posted in Overlock, SewFun! Blog, Sewing by  Lena Kantis
24
Jun

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.

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    Creating a “Chanel” jacket!

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

    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).

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    Crazy and fun sewing zig zag!

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

    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.

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    Sweet Dreams!

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

    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!

    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).

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