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Swedish Midsummer coming up!

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.

  • 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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      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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