Endless fun!

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

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!

Lena

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

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Egg under cover!

March 26, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Seasonal by  Lena Kantis
26
Mar

Wow! Finally the spring is on its way – snow is melting away and small snowdrop flowers are showing up in our hedge. My father has been cutting our garden trees, and I have picked up some of the sticks to put in water inside our house. It will be spring in my house within a week. It’s a wonderful time of the year, I get much more energy and I’m very happy every time the sun is shining on a blue sky. I long for the warmer and longer days, and it seems like I don’t have to wait too long for that now.

My trip to Norway last weekend was great. I spent three days at a Quilt Show. I could not resist, I had to buy some new fabrics! I want to sew a garment with quilting technique, and I might do it on the overlock machine and using Rayon thread and have the threads shown on the outside of the garment. As I have been out travelling, I am a little bit late to start the sewing of the Easter projects. However, time optimist as I am, it is still possible to make some small sewing projects for the Easter that I will share with you.

You can find some embroidery designs for the Easter, in HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #30, Happy Seasons – Endless embroideries. It is totally adorable and also super fun; I do have one towel in my kitchen that I use always and not only at Easter. I do boil some eggs at the weekends, and I wrap them in the towel, so everybody in the family knows where they are and they stay warm for a while.

I have cut out one of the “chickens” to sew it like a cover for the egg, when the egg is put on an egg cup. The cut out can be done either with HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Embroidery Extra or in the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Stitch Editor by using the tool “polygon select” and then cut it. I found some small scraps of wool in yellow, and a light green fleece, that I though would be excellent for this egg covers as well as for Kerstin’s idea (that I describe below).

Click here to download the embroidery file with the above chicken that is already cut out with HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Embroidery software. (Use a file compression utility (WinZip or similar) to unzip the downloaded file and save it on your computer.)

Kerstin will sew the chickens in the exact same way as the Mini Santa I did for Christmas. You can still download the template for the Mini Santa from my Christmas blogg insert to use for the new Chicken, to make beautiful table setting for the Easter. I will be sewing some of those too! It is so much fun to decorate the table for the Easter Party!

I have sewn embroideries on two towels. The Swedish kitchen towel size is 50x70cm (20”x 28”), so it does require two endless embroidery designs to make it look best. It’s great to use the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Embroidery Hoop when sewing these two embroideries. I will send each of my two children that have moved out one towel each, as a little Easter gift for them, as I don’t see them this Easter.

Note: It is important; if you’re not using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Endless Embroidery Hoop to no keep it tightened.

Happy Sewing!

Lena

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

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The Wedding Gift!

March 19, 2010, Posted in Embroidery by  Lena Kantis
19
Mar

This week I will be travelling. I am going to Paris for two days for a big textile exhibition, spend one day at the office and finally spend Thursday to Sunday in Norway at the Norwegian Quilt Meeting.

The sewing project that I will show you this week is sewn by Rasmus, working here at the HUSQVARNA VIKING® office. The fun thing is that I have been listening to a program on the radio about the young generation and their ability to multitask. They practise how to do different things at the same time, listening to music, typing on the computer, etc.

I think Rasmus does know how to be multitasking. Look at the pictures, and you will see. One eye on the computer screens (as you can see he has got two screens), all the excel charts on the wall, the focus on a discussion with Jean-Paul also working here at the office, and running the HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER DIAMOND™ machine at the same time. This is multitasking! (The reason that they both are smiling is that they were totally surprised by me interrupting their discussion with my camera.  I did not ask of permission before starting!)

One of Rasmus´s friends from Canada is getting married next week, and the wedding is held in Mexico. The gift Rasmus created for the wedding couple was a pillow with a picture of the wedding couple with a heart around, stitched as an appliqué. He also added their names and the date of the wedding. On the backside he added “Made in Sweden, by Rasmus” in yellow and blue, the same colors as our Swedish flag.

This picture was prepared in the software program HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Sketch, using the function of adding alignment stitches in the corners of the hoop. He also used the possibility to draw a running line around the shape of a heart to actually see that the size would fit the size of the picture so that the faces of the couple should fit perfectly. It is also important not to forget to add tie offs with a few small stitches.

The running stitch of the heart was brought into the HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Stitch Editor and one of the heart shapes was used to create an appliqué in the desired size. Finally, when the heart was created as an appliqué, the design was copied again and was brought into HUSQVARNA VIKING® 4D Embroidery Extra. In that software program the text with the names could be added, William and Joani, and the date of their wedding.

Rasmus printed the picture on printable fabric, using an inc copying machine. This is important since the inc will be “sprayed” into the fabric. No other copying machines will do it better. He cut out the pieces for the pillow in black linen and crated the embroideries in his office.

He did a great job don´t you think?

Have a great sewing week all of you!
Lena 

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

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One design – “sew” many options to create a personal look!

March 12, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis
12
Mar

Sewing and embroidering is giving us all an opportunity to create a look that is totally unique. This week I wanted to let you know, that a fantastic new Design Collection # 219, Romantic Cutwork, including Endless embroideries, by HUSQVARNA VIKING® has been launched at MyEmbroideries.com, and you will ONLY be able to get them through MyEmbroideries.com!
Click here to by now on MyEmbrodieries.com >>

At MyEmbroideries you can download/purchase embroideries at any time 24-7, and that is so convenient. When you buy a design (or several) you’ll also get the booklet as a pdf-file with all the embroideries pictured in natural size. That is great, because then you can print out a design on paper and cut it out and see how it will look like on your sewn project and if it is the size you are looking for.

The new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #219, Romantic Cutwork, is right on the spot when it comes to trendy designs. Romantic outfit is one of the biggest trends this spring. Layers and lace are delicate and very beautiful.

Let me show you, how three persons here at the office have applied these new embroideries on some sewing projects.

I start with Helene. She is the artist and creator of this beautiful design collection. Her style is very romantic, with a lot of lace. She has sewn the embroideries on white tulle. A lot of them have got the same color on the fabric and on the embroidery; tone in tone which is lovely, delicate and exquisite. I want to sew them too! Helene would like to give you another tips too: “You don’t even need to sew your garment; you can buy a ready made and do the embroideries on it. This is how Helene did with a simple white top.”, just as I did with the top to the right: says Helene.

 

Next person is the sewing expert, Kerstin. She is creating this light blue top in a linen fabric, also with a tone in tone embroidery. It looks fabulous as well – I am sure you agree.

 

Finally it is my own creation: I am sewing a dress, and I am not scared of playing with colour! My absolute favourite colour is turquoise and today I am sewing it on a lime green silk, which has got a turquoise warp. I have also started to sew an underskirt in tulle with exactly the same design as Helene did with white on white.

Don’t be scared to change colors, and play with your own ideas. Make your sewing projects reflect who you are!

Best sewing wishes
Lena 

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

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Sharing my findings!

March 5, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis
5
Mar

Having a big house is both good and bad. Good when it comes to having a big family and lots of friends staying over, bad when it comes to keep it tidy and organised.  Due to this I can find things that I have not seen for some time. We have during a long time put a lot of stuff in cardboard boxes, and taken them down to the basement for storage. Now I am trying to organize a fitness room in our basement so therefore I have to try to get rid of some old things, to get more space to be able to workout.

To give you a bit more of background for my sewing samples of the week, I guess it is probably best to first tell you the following. In Sweden we do decorate our windows. I do not know any other country that I have visited, that is paying so much attention to how the windows are looking. We have curtains in all kinds of looks and fabrics. In all our windows we also have plants in pots, and also some small lamps that we use during the evenings when it gets darker. We usually change curtains for each season and holiday. Especially in the kitchen!

These are things I found in the basement:

One quilt, the very first I made over twenty years ago in Bargello technique, both fun and easy. In the background you can see curtains with the print of Harry Potter; I sew them at a hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. This used to be my son Simon’s room. He has now got a bigger room as my other son Emil moved out. 


 
For Emil’s room I made this curtain, which was also used as drapes, because there were no blinds in the window when we moved into the house. I added the appliqué with the giant shark half a yard (45 cm) long approximately. Inside the appliqué there is an iron on batting.

To give you a bigger understanding for what I mean with the Swedish window decorations, I have added some pictures from the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #204 “Elegant Art Embroidery” as well as a few ones from HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection #178 ”Mega Décor”.

 

You can make your windows look totally unique too.

Have a great sewing week!

Best wishes
Lena

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

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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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