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New Year - New Website - New Blog

Posted by Carina Thavelin

2013 - New Year, New HUSQVARNA VIKING® website and a New Blog!

With a NEW YEAR ahead of us, it's time to make plans and goals for the future, And I must say, 2013 is an exciting year to look forward to.

As you can see, there is a NEW DESIGN on the website for HUSQVARNA VIKING®, with a lot of exciting NEW FEATURES, make sure to click around and have a look.

Some of the NEW features you’ll see:

  • Browse our Match Maker to find the machine that’s perfect for you!
  • Easily find ALL the accessories that fits with your Machine with our smart filter OR find accessories by Specialty or Type. 
  • Our User Gallery allows you to upload and share your own sewing creations and get inspiration and ideas from other Husqvarna Viking family members.
  • Create a “Wish List” of items you want!  Then, print and take with you to your dealer.

This Blog has a NEW NAME, called the Joy of Sewing Blog and I AM NEW AT WRITING IT it. My name is Carina Thavelin and I will be writing on the Joy of Sewing Blog while Lena is away on her adventure in Shanghai, China. During this year, I will share my sewing projects with tips and hints, take you behind the scenes at the Sweden office where we develop all the new products and show you all the exciting news that will be launched.

 

Carina ThavelinMe:

Carina Thavelin, Marketing product specialist for HUSQVARNA VIKING®, lives in Huskvarna, Sweden (Yes, the town is actually spelled with k not q :))

I am a tailor with a love for dresses - almost all my creative ideas starts with a dress. Could be anything from a picture of a designer dress that I'm inspired by or a thrifted vintage dress that I re-use and re-design. See a few snap shot pictures of my projects below.

 

 

 

 

 

The button dress:
I was inspired by a picture in a magazine and was lucky enough to come across a lot of old gold and silver buttons in the office. And yes, they are all sewn on with my sewing machine. It took me a while and I broke a few needles but it was definitely worth it. It's always a "showstopper".

 

 

 

 

The leather skirt:
I love to go thrifting and re-use old fabrics and clothes. This skirt is made of an old leather jacket, cut in strips and sewn on a basic skirt pattern. The jacket only cost me 10 SEK, about $1,50.

 

 

 

 

 

The black dress with white dots:
This outfit was inspired by the marketing material for the brand new OPAL™ sewing machines. In the brochure there are some nice projects made of black and white fabric, so when we presented and launched the machines for the Swedish dealers, I wanted to wear something to match the campaign. I came up with this outfit, the dotted dress and the striped wrap. It has become one of my favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you'll join me and make 2013 our most creative year ever!

Kram Carina

Filed Under: Inspiration, "Joy of Sewing", Sewing
Comments
Weech6490@yahoo.com
T8aop7 Wow, great post.Thanks Again. Want more.
5/14/2013 4:39:46 AM

galactica4@seoskyline.com
Very neat blog article.Really thank you! Really Great.
5/8/2013 3:25:27 AM

Carina Thavelin
Hi Judy,
You are correct. The circular attachment is attached to the sewing machine with two hooks that goes into the holes on the stitch plate. There is a different stitch plate on Designer SE compared to our newer machines, so that is why it does not work on the Designer SE.
5/6/2013 9:00:50 AM

Judy Elkins
Did I read correctly? the circular device isnot usable on the Designer SE?
5/4/2013 10:04:40 PM

Rosie
I just found the blog and I'm enjoying reading every comment. I am soooo happy to know how to change embroidery designs in the Topaz. I've alwaysed owned touch screen vikings so when I try to help friends with the Topaz I struggle a little. thanks for the info!
4/26/2013 1:41:38 PM

Carina Thavelin
Dear Carol,
The embroidery designs you are referring to are created exclusively for the campaign and are included in the Designer Ruby machine. They cannot be found anywhere else. There are a lot of nice cutwork embroidery collections, you can find them here http://new.husqvarnaviking.com/en-US/Embroidery-Designs#, search for cutwork under category. I hope you can find something you like there.
3/5/2013 6:37:01 AM

Jill Psutka
Welcome Carina, I purchased my Designer Diamond three years ago and have never been so happy. This machine is a dream. The needle threader, scissors and a large opening for my quilts are a real joy. I also do craft sewing and my deluxe handles these projects beautifully. I did have trouble when Toronto wharehouse closed up and I had to wait for several months to get different feet for my machine. I felt that Canada was abandoned. This was very frustrating. I love the pattern kits as I can look through my glossy books and create new crafts. Your button dress is terrific!! I followed Lenas' Blog regularly and I am looking forward your creativity as well...Jill
2/16/2013 7:52:17 PM

MIRA K. PATEL
I have quilter designer ii with 3d software. More intrested to learn MONOGRAMS and APPLIQUE designs for kid projects. Would like to do upgrade. But needs to know whates the best way. thanks
2/8/2013 8:32:45 AM

Carol
Hi I like the look of the new web site as did my daughter who is getting married she fell in love with the cutwork dress under the Ruby side of designs, I own a Topaz 30 I have looked everywhere on the site to find the design please can you tell me where I can get the design so I can help make her day wonderful.
thank you for your help
carol
2/8/2013 6:41:47 AM

Dawn
This comment is for Jane, who posted 1/23/13. Jane, I am a typical user and not an employee of Viking. I purchased my Designer I back in 2002. For a couple years prior I researched all the brand name machines, Bernina, Brother, etc. I even joined the Viking D I Yahoo list a year before I purchased to see what folks were doing with their machines. I decided on the D I for several reasons. The first and biggest reason was that it did not need to be attached to a PC to transfer designs. You loaded them on the disk and then inserted the disk in the machine. Second, I checked out the Viking dealer in my area on several occasions to see how the employees were and how they treated me. I actually ended up going to a dealer in another city for a lot of my classes because I had some bad experiences with the local dealer. Also, check to how much free support you will get from the dealer. I don't think we should pay all this money for these machines and software and then have to pay for classes on how to use them. I am totally happy with my machine. I have not upgraded because this machine does so much I still have not accessed all it can do. Have fun and get out there and play with some machines and see what meets your needs!
2/7/2013 10:43:48 PM

Kathleen
I love my viking sewing machine. It was the best investment I have ever made. I was first introduced to one in high school many years ago. I dreamed of owning one, then the opportunity arrived.
2/2/2013 10:16:22 AM

Lynn
I own both the Designer SE and the new Ruby Deluxe. I have found them to be excellent machines, well built, and easy to use. I love to quilt and these machines stand up well to heavy use on all different kinds of fabric and thicknesses. The 5D software allows me to build custom embroideries. I can sketch or scan vintage images and stitch them out on a quilt. They even hold up well when using heavy upholstry fabrics to make bags, etc. Keep up the great work on your website. It looks interesting.
2/1/2013 9:14:21 AM

Jane
I would like to know why I should choose a Husqvarna embroidery machine over relative brands. It would be nice to hear from a typical user as opposed to corporate.
1/23/2013 8:28:00 AM

Tari
Love the blog, and I'm inspired to get out my D1 and go through some old clothes that I had planned on sending to the thrift store and 're-design' them!
1/22/2013 8:02:14 AM

Carina Thavelin
Mary Personsm: The computer world moves quickly as we experience everywhere today. The d-cards that you use for your Quilt Designer II are unfortunately out of date and no longer available. Of course we still want you to be able to use your machine so there are solutions for you. I would recommend that you buy a d-card reader/writer with a personal d-card. This allows you to buy any CD's with designs and transfer them to your card and use them in your machine. Your local dealer can help you with your purchase.

The choice of designs is depending on the hoop size, since you have a machine with the width of 150mm you need to make sure they are not wider than that, or use the software to change it.

On our new website you can easily find a lot of different choices on alphabets, go to Embroidery Designs and then you can search in different categories like alphabets, but also hoop size and collection names, great new features. If you want to buy them via download, go to myembroideries.com
1/22/2013 5:10:12 AM

Carina Thavelin
Wendy: Thank you for your kind comment. I often use my smartphone for taking quick and easy pictures, so what you see in my hand is my iPhone with a gold cover! :)
1/22/2013 5:05:58 AM

Mary Personsm
I have a dinosaur - the Quilt Designer II. I am unable to find any or many embroidery d cards for the machine and it is frustrating. I have the 3D embroidery system and find I have not a lot of choidce is designs. Pretty dissappointing after all that money you spend. Are there reputable sites to download embroidery patterns that would work with my machine. LIke Embird? or Dakota? am looking for an alphabet that would work well with my machine. Suggestions appreciated!!!
1/20/2013 10:03:26 PM

Wendy
Carina
Love the blog is going again, and love your projects. Just 1 question..........What is it, that you are holding in all of these pictures?
1/20/2013 6:11:44 PM

Pam Morrow
Missy Marshall - Might I suggest you join the Yahoo group for the Gems machines? They are a great group - very helpful and friendly. Membership is free and you can access help and support 24/7. Several members are or have been Husqvarna agents in one capacity or another (selling or maintenance) and they have a huge bank of experience, not to mention the "ordinary" members who also have vast experience. But we all share one thing - a love of sewing and more especially our Gems machines (Opal, Topaz, Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby and Diamond). Please give joining some thought. Love to see you there!
Cheers, Pam M Australia
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vikingdesignergems/
1/16/2013 4:25:18 PM

Pam
The answer for Missy Marshall is to just touch your stitch menu button to select a new embroidery design. The current design will automatically go away and the new design will be on the screen.
1/16/2013 1:01:02 PM

Pam
The answer for Missy Marshall is to just touch your stitch menu button to select a new embroidery design. The current design will automatically go away and the new design will be on the screen.
1/16/2013 1:01:00 PM

Rosemary de Ponte
Thank you so much.
Just a curious question - are you taking on where ZigZag left off? I loved those mags and was so sad to see them stop! I shall certainly visit your site often, we need inspiration to use our lovely Viking Machines, I have the D1 and SE.
1/16/2013 12:37:46 PM

Carol Fedder
I have bought my Opal 670 and SE Machine from Ultimate sewing place, in Livonia Mi. i Love both machines and they are a grate machine I Live in Livonia and glad they are near buy. They are very helpful and showing and telling you about the different machines. They let you sew on the machine you are looking to buy. You can get you machine clean there also.
I also love the fabric store at Ann Arbor Sewing Center They have wonderful fabric and are so helpful. I wish they were closer to me as it is harder getting there as i am getting older.
1/15/2013 5:53:08 PM

Christine Flood
Just love your ideas - they will certainly be inspirational to the younger sewer.
1/14/2013 5:53:02 PM

Janine Bell
I love the button dress just think of all those buttons that are getting a life. Janine
1/13/2013 7:57:30 PM

Missy Marshall
I love my new Topaz 30 but disappointed that when I asked a basic question from one of the dealers in my area I was told I needed to take sewing lessons first. I've been sewing and quilting for years and honestly don't need to know how to thread a bobbin, I need to know how to switch embroidery designs without having to turn my machine off. Can any one help, my class isn't for another month and I'm getting ready to quilt?
1/12/2013 9:33:21 PM

carol m. lamon
Hi, This is my first time reading the blog & I must say that I love it. I own a Topaz & an Scandinavia, which I take to classes. Wouldn't trade my Viking for anything. Carol
1/12/2013 8:04:30 PM

Carina Thavelin
Thanks for your kind words, we hope that the new website will give you the information and inspiration you need.

Marilyn: Make sure to visit your dealer as there are often special offers or trade in programs that might help you purchase a Designer Diamond Deluxe Or stop in and experience our Designer Ruby deluxe. It's beautiful and you're sure to fall in love with many of it's amazing features.
1/10/2013 4:28:08 AM

Carolyn
I am excited about reading your blog. Happy New Year!!
1/9/2013 6:26:27 PM

Marilyn Krzus
I love the new design of your Web site. Perhaps it will make getting around the site a bit easier. I am very anxious to see your projecrs, Carina. Maybe I'll even post mine...maybe. Just one comment: I would love the Designer Diamond. Unfortunately, the price point makes it unaffordable for many of us who can only dream about it. I'd love tosee the price lowered--you'd catch far more fish with bait like lower pricing ;-).
1/9/2013 9:55:31 AM

Bev
Welcome! I have enjoyed the blog for many years and I hope to see you AND Lena post in the future!
1/8/2013 8:30:58 PM

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