Course 3 now open, and Version 8 released in the US


At last I have launched Course 3 which covers all the features added to the V7 release. This includes Raised Satin, Stump Work, Trapunto, Support for the Punch Tool and many other improvements to the existing functions.

So far I have covered some of the improvements to the interface and looked at the Raised Satin tool. There is a bit more to come on that before moving on to the other topics.

Now that course 2 is completed, I have released it on DVD for those who prefer that option.

Version 8 has been released in the US and it looks exciting. I’ll have to wait though for the Australian release. The release notes for this version are now available from the Bernina USA site. I believe a free 30 day trial is available from dealers and should be available from the Bernina USA site some time this month. Also check out the Yahoo group for info and comments from users of this software.

FAQ’s about my On Line Classes


Here is a video showing how to enrol and an overview of what to expect in the course.

Current Courses Available:-

Course 1 For versions 6 and 7 of Bernina Designer Plus

This course caters for beginner to intermediate users of the software. You can find an outline of the contents here.

Course 2 – For versions 6 and 7 of Bernina Designer Plus

For intermediate to advanced users. Follows on from Course 1 and includes:-

Lace, Cross Stitch, Quilting, Carving Stamp, Morphing, Multi Hooping, Ripple and Contour Fills, Sculptured Fancy Fill

Course 3 For V7 of Bernina Designer Plus (V8 users may also find this useful)

This course will cover all the features added to the V7 release. This includes Raised Satin, Stump Work, Trapunto, Support for the Punch Tool and many other improvements to the existing functions.

New Features in V8For people who have upgraded from previous versions.

This course will cover all the new features added to the V8 release.

Beginners Course 1 for V8 – For those new to digitizing, have limited skills in digitizing, or have come from another brand of software.

How long do you have to complete a course?

You can take as long as you like. You are enrolled indefinitely. Work at your own pace.

Do you need a Pay Pal Account?

No. The payments are processed securely through Pay Pal protecting both you and myself, but you are given the option to use a credit card.

What if I don’t understand something in the course?

There is a Q and A Forum where you can post questions. I try to answer the questions within 48 hours.

What if I have Problems with the enrollment process?

Click on the Contact Me tab at the top of this page and let me know what your problem is. I will try to sort it out ASAP

What if I forget my password?

Click on the Contact Me tab at the top of this page and let me know. I will issue you with a temporary password via email so you can log in and reset your password.

Do I need fast internet?

As much of the content is made up of video, you do need good internet speed and download capacity. If this is not the case, consider buying the DVD’s. You will still have the option of asking questions via email.

Click on the Contact Me menu item at the top of this page if you wish to purchase the DVD’s



Course 1 now available on DVD


You can now purchase the entire content of course 1 on DVD. If you have insufficient bandwidth or internet speed to watch lots of video content on line,  here is your chance to get an in depth set of tutorials. There was too much content to fit on one DVD so there are two in the package. Online participants seem to be very happy with what I have provided with many of them continuing on to Course 2. When Course 2 is complete I will make that available also.

Included on the DVD are instructions for emailing me with any questions regarding the course content, So I can support you through the learning process just like I do for those enrolled in the on line Classroom.


Click here to purchase.

Course 1 Outline


Well it has been a long time since I posted directly to my website. I have been flat out running my online classroom. It has been a huge success with over 150 people enrolled. Although the course was supposed to be six months long, it actually took me nine months to add all the content. Now that all the content is there, it is time to move forward with Course 2. While it won’t be compulsory to do course 1 before you do Course 2, I will be assuming you know what I have taught in course 1. I have compiled an outline of what I included in Course 1 below. Course 1 will remain open indefinitely so you can still enrol and work through it at your own pace. There is no time limit on how long you take to complete it.

Here is what a few kind participants said about their experience with the course.

Carol, Thank you for all your hard work. I have received more than I ever could have wished for in your course. Your have opened up a whole new creative world to me with all the tools that need. I cannot wait to redo your course one with the V7 edition and then I am sure I will forge ahead with Course 2.. Kind regards “

I have enjoyed your course very much. Our last few months were unexpectedly hectic and we were gone a lot so I am BEHIND but I have them downloaded except for this last one. I am anxious to catch up so I can do another course with you. Thanks “

Here is a video showing how to enroll and use the course, including an excerpt from one of the video tutorials included in the course.

Course 1 Outline



Calibrate Your Screen

The Help Menu

Open a design

Saving Designs

Sending designs to your machine or memory stick.

Digitizing Project

A Coin Purse

Practical Embroidery

Instructions for the embroidery and construction of the Coin Purse.



Accessing Corel Clip art

Loading a Picture

The difference between Raster and Vector Graphics

Where to get Graphics and Copyright

The Convert Tool

The Auto Digitizing Tools

Using an image as a backdrop

Setting up your scanner

Open and Closed objects

The Reshape Tool

Digitizing Project

Digitize a doodle

Practical Embroidery

Pattern and instructions for a notepad cover embellished with your doodle design



Editing Bitmaps

Art Canvas page set up

Editing Auto digitized designs

Other Manual Digitising tools

Underlay and Pull compensation

Different fills and outlines and their settings

Blackwork Fill Options

Digitizing Project

Digitize a Blackwork Flower

Practical Embroidery

Positioning your design on your project

Printing a Template



Advanced Applique

Creating a graphic for applique in Art Canvas

Exporting your graphic

Blanket Stitch Applique

Inserting a fill stitch into your applique

Other Outline stitches for applique

Using the Carving Stamp to add interest.

Digitizing Project

Digitize an applique rooster for a towel topper

Practical Embroidery

Instructions for the construction of the Towel Topper



Editing Lettering

Speciality Fonts

Identifying Fonts

Lettering in Art Canvas

Elastic Lettering


Pattern Runs

Digitizing Project

Digitize a monogrammed lingerie bag

Practical Embroidery

Instructions for hooping and constructing the lingerie bag



Thread colors

Color Bar/Palette

The Freehand Tools

Textured Edge

Removing overlaps with textured edge

Gradient Fill

Digitizing Project

Digitize a Daffodil from a photograph

Practical Embroidery

Create an applique outline to apply your successful test sews to projects.

Version 7 now included.


I have uploaded all the version 7 content for month 1 to my Bernina Designer Plus online classroom. Month 2 will be up by the end of next week, but don’t worry you can take as long as you like to work through the course.

A big thank you to those who have already enrolled. I know some of you have already completed the purse project and are eager for next months content.

Newbies can get started by clicking on the Classroom menu tab at the top of this page.

On line Classroom


At last I have got my online classroom up and running! At the moment the Course 1 only includes content for Version 6, but my Version 7  is on the way. As soon as possible I will add V7 material to the course so that it covers both versions.

Version 7 is now included.

Each course has 6 monthly sections. Only Month 1 is currently visible. Each month a new month will be revealed.

Each month has three Sections

  • Digitizing Theory – A step by step guide to using the software, starting at the very beginning. Great for people new to the software, but as it is very detailed, experienced users should browse the content for anything they haven’t picked up on yet.
  • Digitizing Project – Step by step instructions to digitize a design, and instructions and patterns to complete a project using that design. Suitable for all levels of experience.
  • Practical Embroidery – Suggestions for suitable fabric, stabiliser and hooping etc. for the project.

The course content consists of videos and notes. The notes are in PDF format so that you can save them to your computer or print them.

There is a Question and Answer forum where you can post if you need anything in the course clarified.

The cost is $60.00US per course (6 months), but you will remain enrolled in the course permanently so you can always return to go over the content, or re download any PDF’s you may have lost.

After 6 months if you would like to continue, you can enroll in the next course.

Just click on the Classroom tab in the top Menu to get started.

My First in depth course


I am excited to announce that very soon I will be launching the first of my in depth courses. These courses will include videos, downloadable PDF’s and the opportunity to ask relevant questions. It will be like participating in a webinar, but you will be able to do the course at what ever time you like and in your own time. You can stop and start as you please, revisiting the course as often as you wish. To keep informed about this, you can do any of the following. Join Networked Blogs and subscribe to my website there. (There is a link to Networked Blogs on the right of the screen). Like my Facebook page or subscribe to my Youtube channel. Talk again soon.