Play With Textures!

October 5, 2009, Posted in Accessories, Downloads, Embroidery, Home Dec, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

The new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Texture Hoop, (#920225096) is a fun and very out of the box sewing tool! It is perfect for a person like me as I like things to be unique and out of the ordinary- nothing boring for me!

This weekend I will be teaching how to use the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Texture Hoop at a dealer event. We are going to sew a mini bag (please see the image below/beside), and decorate the little bag with a Texture Hoop design. The design we will use is from the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection 213, “Flowers and Ribbons”. If you would like to sew it yourself you can find the sewing instructions for the mini bag here.

But I also needed some accessories and yesterday I cut the pieces to the kit; fabrics, a stabiliser and a piece of organza. To create textures, I also brought the new Inspira Ribbon Kit, both in Bright colors and in Neutral colors along with yarn, ribbons and wool.

Several projects have been created at our office since we first started to work with the Texture Hoop. I have added a few of my favourites here, and I can assure that only your imagination can set the limits for what you can create.


There are several tips on how to use the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Texture Hoop.
Below you can find a few of them:
• Trace/transfer the design to the included template using a template marker, or print a copy of the design from the PDF and place the inner hoop directly on the copied design. Line up the inner hoop with the center lines which is number 8 both horizontally and vertically, and place the ribbons/yarns according to the lines of the printed design.
• Secure each ribbon/yarn with a clip. Then add the outer hoop, slide it under the fabric and stabiliser.
• If you add a lot of yarn, do also add a layer of water soluble stabiliser on top of the hooped fabric to prevent the presser foot for getting caught under the embellishments.

Until next week, Happy Sewing!

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


I am “Sew” Inspired!”

October 5, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

Thank you for all the positive feedback! I appreciate your comments. I have been asked to show a close up on the dress I showed you a few weeks ago. Below you can see a photo of the waistline embroidery.

This week, I went to a fabric trade show is Borås, Sweden. Borås is famous for all textile design, development and textile trading. It was interesting to see the trends of different qualities and colors. It was such a great inspiration and we found several interesting things that can be possible to use for new products and techniques.

When we got back I continued to sew on the overlock machine HUSQVARNA VIKING® HUSKYLOCK™ s25, since I wanted to finish the collar of my tunic from last week. One thing I discovered when I turned on the HUSKYLOCK™ s25 was that it does remember the last stitch I had selected. That is great!

Below you find a few of my best overlock tips:

  • When you change the needle positions, lower the presser foot. It will give you more space.
  • Make sure you bring the needles all the way up in the shaft when you change to cover stitch. That makes it much easier to see that the needles are all the way up because you can watch each one of them.
  • If you have moved the needles between different positions, tighten the small needle screws so they will not fall out when you sew due to the vibrations. However do not tighten them too hard because that can damage the shafts so that it will not be possible to tighten the needles properly afterwards. So, tighten the screw after taken them out, but not too hard.
  • Before you sew on the garment try it out on a scrap piece first. You might want to change the settings slightly.

Click here to find more overlock tips and tricks from the HUSKYLOCK™ family launch site.


We are several people here at the office that has been created similar tunics. In the photo you can see Karin, Kerstin and me.

Karin created her tunic without sleeves and added embroideries from the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Design Collection 165, “Venetian Embroideries”.



For the collar on my tunic, which I created as a big tube, I used a two-thread wide overlock stitch and I set the differential feed on 2. It gave me a fun shell-look on the edge! Finally, I added a big button with black pearls.

Next week I will be teaching at a dealer event in how to use the Texture Hoop, sew a beautiful design and make a small project out of it. So make sure to check back next week to see the photos.

Until then, Happy Sewing!

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


Great News! – Out on a Business Trip

September 28, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

 I am part of several projects at my work at HUSQVARNA VIKING® and for one of those projects I had to go on a business trip this week. Of course this is one of the times when I’m panicking a bit about what to wear since I always feel that I don’t have enough fun (new) outfits. Because of this I went right ahead to create a few things before I left.
I started by creating an embroidery. A “luggage tag”, in a purple colour from an absolutely wonderful new embroidery collection called “Hoop, Sew, Go” (#215), which I absolutely love! I made the back side a bit different (as I have a very bad hand writing) by using the 4D embroidery software to write my name and address with the font category “Decorative” and the using font “Chance” 10-40 mm. To the left you can see the result!

To extend my trip wardrobe I also bought some new tops, that quick and easy can be personalized with embroideries and get a totally different look in just a few minutes. I used my HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER DIAMOND™ to sew a lot of beautiful embroideries while I packed my things needed for the trip. The embroidery collection is a new collection called “Precious Crouchet” (#215), and they are sewn on water soluble stabiliser. I tested two different water soluble stabilisers and found that “Inspira, Aqua Magic™” Dissolvable Stabilizer gave the best result. After I had washed the embroidered piece I placed it on the neckline of a new T-Shirt. To match the clothes I also made a bracelet using the designs included in the embroidery collection called #13 and #23.

The secret!
Last time I mentioned that I had some great news to share from within the HUSQVARNA VIKING® factory and now I am “sew” happy to be the first one to tell you about it. HUSQVARNA VIKING® is releasing a new line of overlock machines as we speak! I’m so excited as well as all my colleagues. The overlock machines have innovations that focus on ease of use and professional results. I love to use the new overlock machines, and I have since some time back used the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® HUSKYLOCK™ s15 and it’s so fast. It sews 1200 stitches per minute which you can never beat on a regular sewing machine! The result is really professional and neat. Everybody who ever sews should have an overlock machine. It is such a great complement to the regular sewing and/or embroidery machine. I would never ever want to be without one!

The new HUSQVARNA VIKING® overlock machines are the two new models HUSKYLOCK™ s21 and HUSKYLOCK™ s25. (The numbers are referring to how many stitches you can use on the different models.) There are many great features on the new HUSQVARNA VIKING® overlock machines and below is what I find especially attractive with the s25 model: The new Graphic Touch Display where you can see the stitch, in actual size, and in any kinds of adjustments before you sew. The Exclusive SEWING ADVISOR®. Simply enter the type of fabric you are sewing and the settings will be set automatically. The sewing advisor will tell you “everything you need to know to sew”; the best stitch length, differential feed, the thread tension for the chosen stitch, recommend needles and more to give you a perfect result. The HUSKYLOCK™ s21, is offering a great value for any sewer, because beside the 2-, 3- 4- and 5-thread stitches, it has got Coverstitch wide, narrow, triple and Chainstitch.

I look forward to finish my bed cover for my king size bed by using the new extension table that is coming with both HUSKYLOCK™ s21 and HUSKYLOCK™ s25 and I will definitely have use for the large sewing space! I also think both of the new machines have a wonderful soft and gentle sound. Don’t forget to visit your nearest dealer to try them out!

I have been sewing on overlock machines for a long time. I bought my first overlock machine in the 80s when I got my first child as I wanted to sew baby garments in knits. I bought several yards of navy striped jersey and made sweaters for me, my husband and my little baby. The biggest difference from back then compared to now is the animated threading guide which goes with the machines and can also be found on the HUSQVARNA VIKING® website. It is doing wonders to help! This is the easiest way of learning how to thread the machine and it gives you lots of answers on how to set and use the overlock. No more guesswork!

Tip of the day!
The fastest way to get a new trendy garment is to ask your friend, when she is showing up in a nice new sweater, if she would lend you the sweater she is wearing for five minutes. You put it on a pattern paper and draw the shapes of the design. Next step is to adjust the size, by using the pattern you normally use to create a sweater, to fit at the shoulders and neckline. By using the pattern mentioned above you can match it to the shoulders and neckline.

This is how we used to do in the 80´s: We laid ourselves on top of the paper and created a pattern to use for a sweater or a cardigan. We sewed it on the overlock machine and then added the shoulder pads.

Here is how it looked when I made the pattern – easy! 

It took less than 15 minutes to sew it.

Next week I will tell you more about using overlock stitches to decorate a top I created on the new HUSKYLOCK™ s25. So make sure to be back next week to see it finished!


“Shoot for the stars and you will at least reach for the moon!”

September 21, 2009, Posted in Embroidery, Inspiration, Seasonal, Sewing by  Lena Kantis

Here is a summary from the wedding last weekend:
We all enjoyed the most lovely late summer weather when we attended the wedding, no raincoats! I have taken some pictures that I will share with you. The new wedded couple and their daughters all looked amazing, and we all wish them a long wonderful life together and that they will live happy ever after! 


I told you that my plan was to sew a second dress in bright orange silk, however,
I did not manage to finalise it, and I am still sewing on it. I selected the Design Card 198, “Candlewicking Creations”, unfortunaletly I did not manage to finish in time, because I had to take care of a lot of new projects, that was a bit more important, like helping my daughter with her move to Sundsvall, “the Mid Sweden University”.  She was very happy to be able to attend a new programme starting this year in Criminology. She will study there for three years. Second of my children has left,
I miss her, but I am also very happy for her and of course very proud. Here is the detail of the dress. I will take a picture of the dress when it is finished, I promise!

How I love the changes of the seasons, we are now moving into fall. The days are becoming shorter and the temperature is getting a bit colder here in Sweden. The leaves on the trees are changing into red, orange and yellow. There is also more time to spend on sewing, as I do not need to drive the children to the lake for a swim, and the garden does not need any particular attention. So new season – new outfits!

I have started to plan what I want to sew for this coming season. I like to dress myself in layers, so I will sew some new tops, and cosy sweaters. I have fallen in love with the color purple, so I will try to find some new nice fabric in that color. (Of course I do have fabric in my stash that could be used as well, but I do not think it is purple.)

I will reveal a new HUSQVARNA VIKING® secret; I am going to sew on a new developed sewing machine to create my garments. When I sew I like to have a professional and perfect appearance of the outfits, and at the same time it should be a bit unique as well as getting it sewn very quickly. That is exactly what this new machine is perfect for. Next week I will be able to show you the new product line, I know you will fall in love with it too!

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Busy Sewing!

September 16, 2009, Posted in Embroidery by  Lena Kantis

Hi everyone and welcome to my Sew Fun! blog.

I am “sew” happy to be able to share with you, a lot of sewing inspiration, tips and hints as well as provide an “inside” look at what is going on in the factory at HUSQVARNA VIKING®. I´ll share updates and sneak peeks of our new products, and my personal opinion on the new exciting features of our products. You will be the first to know about items you won’t be able to live without! The blog will be updated weekly. And of course I will also share what I am sewing, quilting, and testing, as well as fun stories from my trips.

Right now and am working on a cocktail dress, or actually two dresses using the same Burda pattern number 7829. One is already finished (please see picture to the right). I have been using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® embroidery collection 185; “Lovely Lace on Tulle” to decorate the waistline piece. The second dress will be in bright orange, and I am to decide today what embroidery designs to use and what colors. The reason I am sewing a beautiful dress is that I have been invited to a wedding next Saturday, and I look forward to go, not only because both the bride and the groom has been working here in our company, but also because the bride has been sewing a lot for the wedding, Her own dress, and four dresses for the bridesmaids. The wedding colors are vanilla, pear, and strawberry. I will take lots of pictures and show next week, so please  come back next week to see all pictures, and read more about the wedding! Let us hope the weather will be nice, as the party is going to be in the Garden after the ceremony at the church, otherwise you will find pictures of us, sitting in our raincoats.

There are many things going on right now back stage within the company. Next time I may be able to share some very exciting HUSQVARNA VIKING® news with you from inside. So don´t forget to check back later to be the first one to hear about it…

Happy sewing!


    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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