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).


Spin Around!

February 19, 2010, Posted in Accessories, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

I really hope that you will all get a chance to try the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Ribbon Feet Set. I have used it and it is very easy to spin around and create decorative ribbon embellishments. The Ribbon Feet Set, comes in three different sizes. When you use it you should choose the size that accommodates your ribbon in the best way, meaning that it should feed the ribbon in a good way. In order to get the best result you should use an iron-on stabilizer or a tear-away stabilizer underneath. Depending on the fabric, more or less stabilizer is needed. My recommendation is to always test on a scrap piece of the fabric, before you sew on your real project.

In the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Ribbon Feet Set kit you will find a user’s instruction plus an instruction movie and an inspirational slideshow, so you won’t be stuck without any help! There are so many possibilities with the Ribbon Feet Set. You can use it to decorate your garments, pillows, tote bags or where ever you like to add a little special ribbon decoration.

Below you can see some pictures I have taken on some really nice things that have been sewn by one of my friends, Barbara. Barbara is working at our development team here in Huskvarna and she is creating many of the beautiful sewing machine stitches, which is added for new presser feet for example. Here you can see her skirt (my favourite), a top, a quilt block and a tote bag. They are so nice!

Ribbons that fits the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Ribbon Feet Set is sizes between ¼”- ½” (6mm- 13.5mm), preferable flat ribbons. The Inspira® Ribbon Kit in neutral or bright colours are perfect to use because these ribbons have a very good size for the Ribbon Feet. The ribbons are available in both amazing vibrant colour shades as well as in different textures. I thought it would be easiest to use the Ribbon Feet Set in free motion sewing mode, but found out that it is just as easy to sew with the regular straight stitch. Note: If you are going to create a swirl or a spiral, start in the center and work your way out.

Happy spin around sewing!

Best wishes

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


Vive Moi!

February 12, 2010, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

Wow, my trip to London gave me so much more energy, and inspiration to create more fun sewing. It is amazing to see all wonderful garments in the shops in London. I have gathered a lot of new ideas, which can be great projects. The inspiration came when Karin and I was window shopping walking on Regents Street and Oxford Street. I will definitely use several ideas for my new sewing projects. 

Have you seen the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design collection 221, Raw Edge Letters? It is looking so cool, and can be sewn in several layers to make a very personalised sweater, jeans or what ever you want to add the text on. I have for some time been wondering what to write using them, and did find a nice wording on a t-shirt in London, that I liked. “Vive Moi”, (I Live) and I will sew that on a garment. Vest or jeans, or t-shirt I have not yet made my decision.

Here is an example of what it can look like!

In the office we have had overlock education, and a colleague of mine; Rasmus, made a pair of sweatshirt pants. What was extra fun with the trousers was the text on the back of them; HUNK. Fun, don’t you think!? You have an option to use one or two layers for the appliqués. Rasmus used one layer and where it could have been a second layer, he stitched the outline with a metallic thread. 


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).

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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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