Best wishes for a new wonderful sewing year 2010!

January 18, 2010, Posted in Sewing by  Lena Kantis

I hope you have all had great holidays with your family, friends and some time for doing the things you love.

I have sewn some smaller things since last time. My mother in law loved the apron Johanna got for Christmas present so much so I had to sew one for her too. And when I finally got that done I made one for my husband as well. He got one with an embroidered text on it saying: “Kiss the Chef”.

I have also mended a pair of jeans. You know a pair that already had some holes in it. However the hole that I did mend was not meant to be. It was in an area where it gets worn out easily.

The mending and darning stitch is one of my favourite stitches on the HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing machines! I know it sounds crazy but it is true! It is super good, because when you have sewn, you will hardly see where the hole was from the beginning. You only have to pick a thread in the exact matching colour as the fabric. I have mended lots of jeans and garments with it, especially when the kids used to play football and fell on their knees often!

Here is how you mend:

Add, on the wrong side of the fabric, an iron-on-stabiliser or cut a piece of denim big enough to cover the hole. (Pin the denim in place, if you choose to have denim behind the hole.)

Use the mending stitch and sew straight over, with the hole horizontally and the stitches vertically. Press the reverse button and finish darning. Press the Stop button to duplicate the process. Move the fabric and repeat until you have mended the hole.

Many of my friends find it very boring to mend, but I don’t think so, as it is such a great stitch, the result is beautiful and it is very quick.

Hint: I have seen this stitch used as a decoration on haute couture garments sewn with really colorful threads repeated all over the fabric. I like this idea!

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

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More Christmas gift sewing!

December 18, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Home Dec, Inspiration, Seasonal, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

We have snow! I love it! It has been several years in a row without snow at Christmas, so I hope it will stay some days now so we can get a “white Christmas” this year.

I am working on some last minute Christmas gifts. My daughter Johanna have an apron on her wishlist, and I thought it would be very fun to sew one in the same fabric as the breadbasket. She is very fond of black, so I think she will love it. I sew her name on the apron using the HUSQVARNA VIKING®  4D Embroidery. There are so many beautiful fonts to choose from within the software.


Next suggestion for a quickly embroidered Christmas gift is a kitchen towel, or any towel you want of course. I bought a ready made and added Johanna’s Monogram on mine.

If you are like me, saving all small scraps, here are some other small things to create:

• Potholder, in a log cabin technique.

• A small quilted wall hanging. This one I bought in Japan. It was made on HUSQVARNA VIKING® Designer SE.  Size is 5,5” (14cm) x 8” (20cm. )

• My colleague Karin made nice embroidery on a pillowcase also using the HUSQVARNA VIKING®  4D Embroidery.

this was all for this week. Now I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! now it’s time for a short blog break, but I will come back with new fresh ideas and news from HUSQVARNA VIKING® next year. Next update of the blog will be at the first week of January.

Best sewing wishes from Lena, and all of my colleagues here in Sweden.

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


Only for you – a free embroidery design!

December 18, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Seasonal by  Lena Kantis

You are so lucky! This week I will give away an embroidery design as an early Christmas gift only for you! It is one of the embroidery designs that I really love and I have used it a lot. Look at this table setting for example:

I did sew a little mini Santa for each person coming to the Christmas Dinner in our house. It is sewn as a cone, and I think it is very cute. Under the bottom of the cone, I added a little text saying “Merry Christmas xxxx” (xxx= the name off the person), created with the 4D Embroidery software.  The Santa was multifunctional as it also positioned the people around the table. I am a genius!! (If I may say so myself).

Download the free embroidery design and instruction here!

For the table setting I also bought a big bunch of red napkins which I decorated with embroidery designs from the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection#38 “Christmas”. Those can be used each Christmas, as they are washable.

It is fantastic to be able to set the table like this!

My sewn Christmas gift of this week is a little bag. I am creating this for my daughter that has moved out from our house. It will hold her aspirin, thermometer, plastic aid, noose spray etc. I can tell you this is something kids will not spend money on and as a mum I still think it is important to have if they get sick.

Best wishes and Happy December sewing!


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


Sewing bread baskets

December 3, 2009, Posted in Home Dec, Inspiration, Seasonal, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

I hope you are having as fun as I have when sewing Christmas gifts. I am sewing some new gifts every week to be able to have something for each member of my big family. This week I’m actually sewing myself some gifts, bread baskets. When doing this I have to use my old mathematics knowledge. To sew the bread baskets, I need need to know the circumference around the circle for the bottom of the basket. The math I use to get this is multiplying the diameter of the bottom with 3.14 (pi) The best type of fabric to use for the bread baskets is a very heavy cotton fabric.

If you would like to sew the bread baskets, here is how to do it:

For the big size I did use about 0.4 meter (approximately half a yard). Cut out two circles for the bottom parts. I did cut the circle with a diameter of 27cm (11”). Calculate the circumference. For my basket it was 79cm (31“) and the height was 27cm (11”). On one circle and on one of the long pieces, add an iron-on-stabiliser to give it more stability. I included 1,5 cm (5/8”) seam allowance in these measurements.

Sew the short sides, right side to right side, of the long strip together to create a tube. If you want you can also add a little decoration on the side, approximately 10 cm (4“) from the bottom. I folded a ribbon that was 5 cm (2”) long double, and put it in the seam with the folded edge sticking out a bit from the right side of the tub. It makes it look more professional, don’t you think?

Sew the circle (bottom piece) right side to right side of the tub, with the circle on the top when you are sewing, as it is easier to control the turning of the fabric all around. Iron the seam allowance toward the top of the basket. Sew a straight stitch using the D-foot around the bottom to keep the seam allowance in this position.

Sew the other two pieces in the same way.

When this is sewn, you have to iron the top of the basket, with a fold of 1,5 cm (5/8”), on both the baskets. Pin them together with a couple of pins, and sew all the way around it with the D-foot and use the stitch length of 3mm.

Make them look different:

  • Select a printed fabric for one of the layers of the basket.
  • Decorate with any embroidery on the edge of the baskets. For Christmas I have seen a lot of texts on pillows and home decorations. Why not add “Merry Christmas” on the edge that will be folded towards the outside? See my sample with the Swedish text “God Jul” which is “Merry Christmas” in Swedish.
  • Use the calculation and you will be able to sew any size of the basket.

I created big bread baskets because I have quite a big family. At least during Christmas, we will be around twenty people in our house. Out of these twenty, twelve will be staying for a week or more in our house. You can just imagine how that is, if you have seen “My Big fat Greek weeding!

Happy Christmas sewing from Lena

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

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Embellish or embroider some of your Christmas gifts!

November 25, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration by  Lena Kantis

Have you ever tried the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Embellishing machine ER10™? If you have, I am sure you have had a lot of fun. I will share how to create some small gifts or decorations with the embellishing machine. The small decorations can be used almost anywhere, to create a brooch or as a decoration to your christmas gift. Only your imagination can stop you here! See the pictures for some inspiration.


This is how you can do it my way:

Start by drawing a pattern on a water soluble stabiliser. I prefer the Inspira™ Aquamagic Dissolvable, as it is easy to draw on when using a pictogram pen and it is smooth to work on using the Embellishment machine I use different textures to add on the stabiliser like, wool, yarn, ribbons and threads.

Pull and shape the wool to fit on the shape you have drawn, and put it on top of the stabiliser. Start to use the embellishment machine and move the stabiliser, around under all the needles, and on the shape you are creating. Add more textures, like ribbons or threads; it will be nicely blended into the wool as a nice effect. Cut the outside edges of the stabiliser, and finally put the decoration in water. Sew the pin on the backside, by hand, if you want to use it as a brooch.


Here you can find five different video clips on how to use the Embellishment machine ER10™.If you haven’t tried an Embellishing machine yet, one word would be enough for it: Creativity!

If you have an embroidery machine here are even more of my ideas to be creative:

There are several embroidery collections, which are exquisite and quick to embroider. My favorite one’s for making brooches are: HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection#84 Elegant Embellishments, HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection#162 Blooming Flowers, and HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection#184 Purse Pizzazz, which also (beside the brooch design) contains embroidery, designs to make beautiful purses in the hoop. Nice to match with any outfit you are sewing and you only need a fabric piece big enough for the embroidery hoop.

I will continue sewing my Christmas gifts. I have already started with sewing a “bread basket”. I will present it to you next week.

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

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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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