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Machine embroiderery and digitizing are two sewing crafts that are constantly evolving with changes in technology.

This website aims to share information that will help you develop your skills, and to inspire you to create beautiful projects on your embroidery machine, no matter what brand it is.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY DIGITIZING

Digitizing is the process of creating digital stitch data for embroidery machines to read and stitch out. Embroidery machines work a bit like plotters, moving the hooped fabric to coordinates or positions where the needle will stitch. Machine embroiderers who want to create their own unique designs use special software to create this data. Early versions of software required the programmer to enter a design stitch by stitch. As computer technology has evolved so has embroidery software. I have used many brands of digitizing software from the domestic market, and find Bernina Designer Plus to be the most user friendly. The resulting embroidery designs stitch out beautifully.  The process is by no means childsplay, but with practise and experience excellent results can be achieved.  To help anyone who has this software I have created a number of video tutorials. You will find many of them under  Bernina Digitizing Tutorials  Some newer tutorials are embedded in posts under the Digitizing category, but to be sure not to miss any, subscribe to my YouTube channel.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY DESIGNS

Machine Embroidery designs are now very easy to obtain. Sewing machine companies market them through their dealers and over the internet, and there are many many freelance digitizers selling and giving away designs.  The biggest problem you will have is choosing. You will also need to make sure the design you choose is in the right format for your machine and that the design will fit the hoop on your machine. I have a growing number of designs available in my Store and will sometimes add free ones to my posts in the Projects category.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY PROJECTS

We are always looking for new things to create with our embroidery machines. Posts under the Projects category of my blog are aimed at inspiring you, and at developing your skills in using your embroidery machine. Other categories in my blog such as Stabilizers, Machine Settings and Maintenance etc.  have more usefull information to help you achieve the best result you can when embroidering.

 

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  1. fread bowmen says:

    Hey,

    I have a command over Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I was wondering why course should i take to know how to convert Bitmap image to cmc. So the machines can read and make the design

    Thank
    Fread

    • Carol says:

      Dear Fread,
      Sewing machines only read their own stitch data file types. (different ones for different brands) Images must be converted through software into the appropriate stitch data file. This file then tells the machine the location of each needle penetration, when to stop for a thread change etc. The different machine companies market their own software, and there are also after market software packages available. A google search for machine embroidery software should bring up most of the options. Most of the software packages have an auto digitizing tool which will convert the image into stitch data. The quality of the resulting file and subsequent stitch out on the machine is very dependent on the quality of the original image. Simple images with solid blocks of color work best.
      To create more complex embroideries, and to have full control over the stitch types used, you really need a software package that has manual digitizing tools. You also need one that reads and writes to the file type for your machine, or multiple machine formats if you intend to market your designs. I have found the Bernina Software to be the most user friendly of the domestic brands. I haven’t had a lot of experience with after market or commercial software packages. The Bernina software reads and writes to most machine formats with the exception of Janome. When I want to convert a design I have created in the Bernina software for Janome, I use the free Wilcom software called TrueSizer, however there are limitations to the size of the design I can convert.
      Manual digitizing is a skill, a bit like digital art, that does have a learning curve. Hence this website and the online classroom. I only teach the Bernina Software though.

  2. Diann Nelson says:

    Looking forward to your videos on V7. Thanks for your assistance.
    Diann

  3. Blijke says:

    YESSS i ve got the v6 . is it possible to give me a list, “the titles in chronicle order, to watch?
    how to start en go furder?

    Thank you so much

    • Carol says:

      Hi Blijke, My on line course is now available. While it won’t help you with your dogs immediately, it will get you using more of your software and at some stage you will know enough to attempt your dogs. I have a video about it on the Home page of my website.
      Cheers Carol

  4. Jeanette says:

    I had the artiste 640 & I have version 6 software. I have never done any of the digitizing, so which of the videos should I watch for my particular software? I need to know how to make a font monogram larger or smaller and change the stitch count to match. Does mine automatically do it for me or do I have to go into the system and if so how would I go about it.

    yours forever thankful,
    Jeanette

    • Carol says:

      Once you have the monogram digitized, select it. There will be little black boxes around the design. Left click and drag one of the corner ones outwards to increase the size. The software automatically changes the number of stitches.

    • Bijke says:

      Hello i am from holland and i am glad i found this site again. I have ,yeah… the same as Jeannette..

      Carol can you give me the suggestions wich tutorials i have to follow, to learn the software? I did nt receive a dutch manual and i know a lot words, from youre language, and from the german, but over 500 pages to translate, i am very dizzy. I think my typing aint great also, but i think you understand me :) I realy like to digitize a picture from my two dogs who died, last years.
      Is it posibble you help me with it.
      I did post this question on elswere onn you tube,Thank you greets Blijke

  5. miyoko bell says:

    That’s for all the great instruction! I feel much more comfortable with my machine!

  6. Bijke says:

    I have the bernina for several years, but never the time, the good pc, to try the things i want do do. Now i have an old pc and i begin to learn, make my own projects. I am very happy with youre lessons, and i hoop they will stay on youtube. because i dont have mony to buy the 6 version.
    Thank you so mutch, greets from Holland

  7. Charmaine Fourie says:

    Hi Carol

    Thank you so much for the tutorials you make, it is exellent. Ican’t wait for your tutorial on fsl, i just love fsl. Thank you, thank you.

    Charmaine

  8. Dear Carol,
    I just love your lessons. They have been of great help to me. When you have time, could you do a lesson on how to move/fix fancy fills. Mine are usually off center and poorly placed. I don’t know how to fix it. Also, I saw a single candlewick “dot” used in a design. How do I do that? Keep up the fantastic work – we love you!

    • Carol says:

      Dear Carol,
      I covered the fancy fill issue briefly, in the Fancy Fill Part 2 version 5 video. It is still relevant to version 6, but I will do an updated one soon. The single candlewick “dot” is done using the pattern stamp function. Look this up in the onscreen manual. I will try to do a video on that also.

  9. Denise Bowman says:

    Carol,
    Thank you so much for emailing me, you are such a great person, you are helping so many people by your youtube videos, I am a beginner and have watched 5 of your lessons and I am gaining more confidence, I felt so intimidated by the software 6, I am barely getting use to my Bernina 830. Just to let others know they can download the youtube so you can play it on one computer while doing the lesson on your computer that has your software 6 on it, makes it much easier to learn.. I am so thankful to you Carol, thank you for emailing me and letting me know which ones to get started on, thank you, thank you thank you, and may God richly bless you.
    Denise

  10. Helen Wigg says:

    Hi Carol, I have owned my 2140 pfaff for 7 years and have never been able to get it to sew metalic thread no matter what combination of fabric, needle or thread. After reading your help page on sewing with metalic thread I lowered my top tension and slowed the machine to half and hay presto, I can now sew with metalic thread. Why didn’t I know this earlier. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Helen Wigg

  11. Abbie R says:

    I use Bernina Designer Plus already but look forward to watching your videos later tonight – never know when you might learn a technique or way to use it that you are not familiar with.

    • Carol says:

      Great. I never stop learning either. There are often several ways to achieve the same outcome, and it is good to see other peoples methods.

  12. diana foster says:

    The lesson was very clear and precise. Learned a lot from it. Why did it keep downloading and stop every 10 seconds afte minute 15?

    • Carol says:

      Thanks Diana, I have tried to email you but your email doesn’t seem to work. When you watch a You Tube video, the video downloads to your computer at the same time as you are watching it. The file size can vary, depending on how the video was recorded saved and compressed. Larger files take longer to download so the video has to stop to wait for more of the file. Your internet connection and whether or not you are looking at other things on the internet at the same time can also affect the speed of the download. Whenever I am watching a video that keeps stopping and starting, I hit the pause button and do something else while I wait for the whole file to download.

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