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  1. Ethel Swannell says:

    Hi Carol

    I have spent almost a week trying to work out how to use the Textured Edge in the Bernina V6 Software. I have been trying to do the shaded leaf in the Wine Bottle tutorial but weird things have happened. The angle would appear slanting the opposite way or the angle would fall in the centre of the leaf. I have also searched the Internet for answers but did not come across any information whatsoever. Many thanks for your generous help . I have a Bernina 185 Embroidery Machine. I would dearly love to purchase your lessons but with the Rand/Dollar exchange this is impossible at the moment. Kind regards

    • Carol says:

      Dear Ethel,
      I’m not sure which Wine Bottle tutorial you are talking about, but as far as the textured edge tool goes, the following points might help.
      1. When you apply the textured edge to an object, it could appear on either side of the object regardless of which box you selected in the options. If it appears on the “wrong” side, just select the object and open the object properties. In the Textured Edge options, just click on the other box and click OK. The textured edge will swap to the other side.
      2. The direction of the textured edge is determined by the angle of the stitching. When you create an object it has a default angle of 45 degrees. To change the angle, and consequently the direction of the textured edge, select the object, click on the reshape tool, and look for the angle line. This should pass through the object and has a small square node at each end. You can click on either node and drag it to swing the angle line to the direction you want. You will need to click enter for the change to take effect.
      3. Be careful of how large you make the Span of the texture if your object has an underlay, as the underlay does not change, and can show if the span is too large.
      I hope this helps. Cheers Carol

  2. Mark Daniel says:

    Great. I never stop learning either. There are often several ways to achieve the same outcome, and It’s really a great and helpful piece of information.
    I’m glad that you simply shared this helpful
    information with us

  3. Derek says:

    Hello Carol,
    Perhaps you can cast some light on an issue I am having. I am running Bernina v5 and am mainly using the cross stitch program. I have created several patterns but have yet to figure out how I can write the files to my Brother PR600 machine. It saves as a .ARX file and I need to import it or something to be able to make it a .pes file extension. Do you have any advice? Any help would be wonderful.

    • Carol says:

      Dear Derek,
      You can open the .ARX file in the embroidery section of the software. Just make sure you have chosen .ARX or ALL FILES in the files of Type option in the Open Design dialogue. You can then save the design as a .PES file.
      Cheers Carol

  4. Jennifer Sjulson says:

    I am having difficulty with some specific designs from OESD. When I try to use them, my V7 software shuts down. I watched your video on portfolio and attempted to re-format these designs from version 4 to version 7. This did not work. Can you please help me? OESD says this is a V7 operating problem and Debbie Lashbrook from Bernina says she is currently testing a solution. However, how can I tell if a portfolio has been converted from version 4 to version 7?

    • Carol says:

      Dear Jennifer,
      Using portfolio to save the design as a later version probably wouldn’t solve the problem of the design making the software crash. Unfortunately you will have to wait for a solution from Bernina. Did you only get the Art format? If you got other formats, try opening the PES. You may not have all the editing functionality as the design will be grade C or D, but at least you will be able to use it.

  5. Shelley says:

    Is there a way to make a “split design” out of a pre-existing embroidery design?

    • Carol says:

      Dear Shelly,
      Splitting designs is done in the Hoop Canvas or Hoop Layout. You need to overlap two or more hoops to cover the design. Objects that fit inside any of the hoops will turn green. Objects that are too big to fit inside a hoop will remain black and need to be split. Use the splitting tool to digitize a line where you want to split the design. This must be done in an area which is overlapped by two hoops, so that one part of the object will be saved in one hoop and the other part in the other hoop.
      If you have a Bernina machine you can then send to machine and the software will send separate hoopings with registration marks for alignment. If you do not have a Bernina, Click Save as and click yes when it asks if you want separate hoopings. A new window will open showing the separate hoopings. Click Save All
      Unit 1 of my Course 2 covers this in detail. You can also get more info from your On Screen Manual or Reference Manual Chapter 7
      Cheers Carol

  6. fread bowmen says:


    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


    • 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.

      • fread bowmen says:

        Hey Carol,

        Thanks for the information sharing. This information has enhanced my limited knowledge about Machine Designing / Machine digitizing.

        I have two more question. Can you specify which machine do you use to make embroidery?. As you said the Quality of the image plays a big part in the out come of the embroidery. I just want to know how big a part does the machine plays?

        • Carol says:

          I use a Bernina Machine, but I also have an older Pfaff. I am not mass producing embroideries, so have not ventured down the industrial machine path. The people I teach use all different brands of machine. My experience is that even models within brands vary in quality of output. My advice to prospective purchasers of an embroidery machine is to shop around reputable dealers and have the retailer demo the machine in depth before you buy. Get the dealer to embroider on a few different fabrics or at least show you samples of work on various fabrics sewn with the particular model you are interested in. Also check with the dealer about what lessons they provide with the machine, as the quality of the embroidery will also depend on user technique. Understanding stabilizers and fabrics is important.

  7. Diann Nelson says:

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

  8. 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

  9. 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,

    • 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

  10. miyoko bell says:

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

  11. 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

  12. 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.


  13. 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.

  14. Denise Bowman says:

    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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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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