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BERNINA
Embroidery
Workbook
Embroidery Machine Basics
For all current BERNINA and bernette models
©2015 BERNINA of America, Inc. Permission granted to copy and distribute in original form only.
Content may not be altered or used in any other form or under any other branding.

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   Summary of Contents for Bernina Bernette Series

  • Page 1 Embroidery Machine Basics For all current BERNINA and bernette models ©2015 BERNINA of America, Inc. Permission granted to copy and distribute in original form only. Content may not be altered or used in any other form or under any other branding.
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Color Wheel ······················································································ 45 Embroidery Function Charts ·································································· 48 Embroidery Machine Basics Series Series The information in this workbook applies to current BERNINA and bernette sewing and embroidery machines. Some exercises apply bernettes Series only to certain models equipped with the feature being highlighted.
  • Page 3: Introduction

    BERNINA of America website –www.bernina.com – offering free projects and embroidery designs, inspirational stories, and interviews with creative stitchers. Learn to use your BERNINA embroidery machine to its fullest extent and enjoy being creative with fabric and thread! 052815...
  • Page 4: Machine/module Set-up

    Machine/Module Set-up Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics deco 340 Embroidery Machine deco 340 Tips  Turn the machine OFF; insert the machine plug into  Always provide sufficient clearance for the the machine. Note: The symbol “0” indicates the embroidery carriage behind your machine switch is in the “off’”...
  • Page 5  Always separate the module and sewing computer for transporting—never transport them as a single unit. BERNINA 750 QE, 770 QE, 780, 790, 880 Embroidery Module  Attaching the Module - Place the machine on a flat surface (such as a...
  • Page 6: Preparing To Embroider

    Preparing to Embroider Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics Presser Foot  Attach Teardrop Embroidery Foot #26 to the machine (BERNINA 5 Series, 7 Series, 8 Series)  Attach (Simple) Embroidery Foot to the machine (bernette Chicago, deco 340) Needle  Use the proper needle for the thread and fabric being used; insert a new needle for each project.
  • Page 7: Needle And Thread

    Needle and Thread Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics Embroidery Thread Most designs are digitized for 40-weight rayon or polyester thread, which are the most commonly used types by machine embroiderers. Both have a beautiful rich look; both are widely available. Polyester is stronger, more colorfast, and more abrasion resistant making it especially good for embroidering children’s clothing.
  • Page 8: Stabilizers

    Stabilizers Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics Used extensively in machine embroidery, stabilizers are also useful Tips and General Guidelines when sewing decorative stitches across the surface of fabric. Use Cut-away for knit fabrics and Tear- Adding stabilizer to fabric (usually on the wrong side), provides a away for woven fabrics.
  • Page 9: Hoops

    BERNINA Hoops Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics Large Oval Hoop Small Hoop Medium Hoop 145mm x 255mm 72mm x 50mm 100mm x 130mm (approximately 5.7” x 10”) (approximately 2.7” x 2”) (approximately 3.9” x 5.1”) Mega Hoop Maxi Hoop* 150mm x 400mm 210 x 400 mm (approximately 5.9”...
  • Page 10 bernette Hoops Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics deco 340 Hoops bernette Chicago 7 Hoops Standard: Medium (A), Large (B) Standard: Large Optional: Small Free-Arm (C), Round (F) Optional: Medium, Small Medium Hoop Large Hoop 100mm x 100mm 110mm x 170mm (approx. 4” x 4”) (approx.
  • Page 11: Hooping

    Hooping Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics Hooping • Find the center of the fabric; mark the center • Separate the embroidery hoop sections - Loosen the screw or knob. It should be loose enough that fabric and stabilizer both will EASILY fit into the hoop •...
  • Page 12: Hoop Calibration

    If the needle is not positioned exactly in the center of the template, it has to be centered by using the arrow icons  Confirm with the Green Check; the adjustment is saved BERNINA 770 QE, 780, 790, 880 052815...
  • Page 13: Accessing Designs

    Accessing Designs Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics deco 340 100 Built-in Designs plus Personal Designs stored in Pattern Selection the internal memory window comes up automatically Lettering—Choice of 3 fonts, when machine is 2– and 3-letter monograms turned on. Design Cards USB Stick Toggle between built-in designs and personal saved designs Chicago 7...
  • Page 14 Accessing Designs Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics USB Stick 560, 580, 750 QE 560: 70 built-in motifs and 4 alphabets 580: 100 built-in motifs and 7 alphabets 750 QE: 70 built-in motifs and 4 alphabets Alphabets/ Built-in Personally Fonts Designs Saved Designs USB Stick B 780, 790, 880 B 780: 130 built-in motifs and 8 alphabets...
  • Page 15: Trace/check

    Trace/Check Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics Chicago 7 — Trace After adjusting the position of the design, press the Trace button on the front of the machine to check the boundary of the design in the hoop. The hoop will continue rotating to all four corners of the design until the Trace button is pushed again. Deco 340 —...
  • Page 16: Virtual Positioning / Absolute Check

    Absolute Check Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics The goal of Absolute Check is to check the points and boundaries of the design so that they embroider exactly where you want. You can also check the location of any single stitch in even the most complex design.
  • Page 17: Motif Center

    Touch the icon again and the first stitch of the embroi- dery design is marked in the display again. Center BERNINA 560, 580, 750 QE Center BERNINA 770 QE, 780, 790, 880 052815...
  • Page 18: Basting Boxes

    A yellow outline indicates basting is activated. Other Models Basting files are available for all hoops on deco, aurora, and artista models at BERNINA 770 QE, 780, 790, 880 www.bernina.com. 052815...
  • Page 19: Customizing Designs

    With so many functions available on the various BERNINA embroidery machines, it is easy for anyone, no matter what skill level, to adapt a design for embroidering on garments, craft projects, and items for your home.
  • Page 20: Stitching A Design

    Stitching A Design Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics Fabric Preparation Deco 340, Chicago 7 Hoop a piece of firm woven fabric backed with tear-away stabilizer in the Large hoop. 5 Series, 7 Series, and 8 Series Hoop a piece of firm woven fabric backed with tear-away stabilizer in the Large Oval hoop. deco 340 ...
  • Page 21 Stitching A Design Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics B 560, 580, 750 QE, 770QE  From the Built-in Designs folder, select the folder and design as referenced to the right. (Design appears on the Embroidery Editing screen.)  Touch Needle icon to go to Embroidery screen.
  • Page 22: Embroidery Sequence Control

    Embroidery Sequence Control Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics deco 340  The machine stops automatically and shows the screen at left, if the upper thread runs out or breaks. Press next page key to continue.  Raise the presser foot and remove the hoop; snip away any excessive threads from back of the project.
  • Page 23 Embroidery Sequence Control Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics B 560, 580, 750 QE  Touch the Embroidery Sequence Control icon; motif is enlarged for a better view of the exact place of the thread breakage and an Information Area appears.  Turn the stitch width knob counter clockwise (or clockwise) to move the embroidery hoop backward (or forward) in the embroidery sequence.
  • Page 24: Moving, Rotating, And Duplicating

    Move, Rotate, Duplicate Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics deco 340 The deco 340 rotates designs in clockwise increments of 45º (1x = 45º, 2x = 90º, 3x = 135º..); also rotates designs clockwise & counterclockwise, in 1º increments. Onscreen duplication is not available on this model.
  • Page 25 Move, Rotate, Duplicate Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics B 580 The B580 E rotates design in 1° increments using stitch width knobs or in 90° steps by touching the +90 rotate icon.  Select indicated motif from Built-in Motifs (butterfly), Folder 3, Design 1. ...
  • Page 26 Move, Rotate, Duplicate Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics B 780, 790  Select Motif—Folder 10, Design 6, Floral Branch.  Move Motif 1 (Drag and Drop) to the upper left of the Oval hoop.  Select “i” and duplicate.  Rotate second motif 56º using the stitch width knob. ...
  • Page 27: Rescale And Mirror Image

    Rescale, Mirror Image Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics deco 340  Select the indicated motif; select the Editing tab.  Resize motif to 90%; use positioning arrows to move the motif to the left.  Select Pattern selection tab; select motif again. Resize motif to 90%. ...
  • Page 28 Rescale, Mirror Image Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics B 580  Select indicated motif.  Select Hoop icon and select Oval hoop, touch Back arrow.  Touch “i” to Edit.  Select Rescale > rescale to 90 % > select Back arrow. ...
  • Page 29 Rescale, Mirror Image Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics B 780, 790  Select Motif—Folder 10, Design #9, floral spray.  Select Hoop Selection and the Oval Hoop; Close.  Select “i” and proportional rescale 90%; move design left of center.  Select the “i” breadcrumb; select Duplicate. ...
  • Page 30: Saving & Deleting Designs

    Saving & Deleting Designs Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics After customizing an embroidery motif or creating a combination that you want to be able to quickly access and use again, follow these steps. deco 340 Saving a Design to Machine  Select Editing tab. Touch Save File Key (1) ...
  • Page 31 Saving & Deleting Designs Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 560, 580, 750 QE, 770 QE, 780, 790 880 SAVING DESIGNS Saving a Design to Machine 770 QE, 560,  In the Embroidery Selection Menu, select Save 780, 580, 790, 750 QE icon.
  • Page 32: Lettering

    Hoop a piece of firm woven fabric backed with tear-away stabilizer in the Large hoop. BERNINA 560, 580, 750 QE, 770 QE, 780, 790, 880 Hoop a piece of firm woven fabric backed with tear-away stabilizer in the Large Oval hoop.
  • Page 33 Touch Back arrow. Select Rotate; touch +90° if needed to fit in hoop  Touch Back arrow two times; touch Needle icon (OK). Stitch. BERNINA 560, 750 QE, 770 QE  Select the Alphabet folder; select desired font. B 560, 750 QE ...
  • Page 34 Lettering Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 780, 790, 880  Select Alphabet folder; select desired horizontal font.  Enter your first name, selecting upper and lower case letters as desired; touch Green Check to confirm..  Select Hoops; select Oval hoop then close the window.
  • Page 35: Changing Letter Height

     Select Alphabets folder: select folder #5 Chateau fonts.  Enter BERNINA; touch Green Check to confirm.  Select Hoop icon and select Oval Hoop, touch Back arrow.  Touch “i” and select Duplicate; repeat for a total of three words.
  • Page 36  In the Embroidery Selection Menu, select Open New Motif, select Alphabets folder: select folder #4 Drifter fonts.  Enter BERNINA; touch Green Check to confirm.  Select Hoop icon and select Oval Hoop, touch Back arrow.  Select “i”; select Rescale using the Stitch Width knob to make changes to size;...
  • Page 37: Changing Letter Spacing

    BERNINA 580  Select Alphabets folder: select folder #1 King Charles alphabet.  Select Letters in Lower Case. Enter bernina; touch Green Check to confirm.  Touch Selection icon and Select Add Motif, select folder #1 King Charles alphabet. ...
  • Page 38: Stitch Density

    Stitch Density/Stitch Type Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 580, 780, 790, and 880 only BERNINA 580  Select Alphabets folder: select folder #4 Guinevere alphabet.  Enter the letter B. Touch Green Check to confirm.  Select Hoop icon and select Oval Hoop, touch Back arrow. Touch “I”.
  • Page 39: Letter Manipulation / Word Art

    Letter Manipulation / Word Art Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 580, 780, 790 and 880 only BERNINA 580, 780, 790, 880  Select Alphabets folder: select a desired font.  Enter BERNINA; touch Green Check to confirm.  Select Hoop icon and select Oval Hoop, close screen.
  • Page 40: Endless Embroidery

    Endless Embroidery Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 780, 790, 880 only Endless Embroidery helps you line up embroidery designs in a vertical orientation and indicates the most precise placement for borders and rehooping with the use of registration marks. With Endless Embroidery, you are successful every time.
  • Page 41: Importing Stitches

    Importing Stitches Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 780, 790, and 880 Only Importing stitches into embroidery offers the ability and precision of embroidering backgrounds of individual stitches and stitch combinations. Buttonholes and Sideways Motion stitches can be imported and embroidered with perfection.
  • Page 42: Shape Designer

    Shape Designer Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 880 only BERNINA 880  In the Embroidery Menu, select Folder 5, Design 5.  Select the Hoop icon, and select the Medium hoop, close.  Select “I” and the Shaping icon.  Select the star shape.
  • Page 43 Shape Designer Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 880 only  Select Folder 5, Design 5.  Select the Hoop icon, and select the Medium hoop, close.  Select “i” and the Shaping icon.  Select Circle, 8 motifs, Mirror Image, Deactivate +90.
  • Page 44: Re-assigning Thread Color

    Re-assigning Thread Color Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics Individual thread colors and thread brands can be re-assigned on-screen. Re-assigning Thread Colors Changing Thread Brand B 770QE, 780, 790, 880 B 770QE, 780, 790, 880  In the Embroidery Menu, select the Built-in ...
  • Page 45: Color Wheel

    Color Wheel Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 880 only Use the Color Wheel function to quickly change color-ways of your motifs on-screen; the new thread colors are assigned to motifs. BERNINA 880  Select Folder 1, Design 11.  Select the Color Tab.
  • Page 46 Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 880 Embroidery Functions EMBROIDERY MOTIF SELECTION Selection Overview - Selection Overview - Selection Overview - Selection Overview - Open New Motif Add Motif Save Delete Motifs Embroidery Computer - USB Stick - Select Motifs from Folders...
  • Page 47 Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 790 Embroidery Functions EMBROIDERY MOTIF SELECTION Selection Overview - Selection Overview - Selection Overview - Selection Overview - Open New Motif Add Motif Save Delete Motifs Embroidery Computer - USB Stick - Select Motifs from Folders...
  • Page 48: Embroidery Function Charts

    Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 780 Embroidery Functions EMBROIDERY MOTIF SELECTION Selection Overview - Selection Overview - Selection Overview - Selection Overview - Open New Motif Add Motif Save Delete Motifs Embroidery Computer - USB Stick - Select Motifs from Folders...
  • Page 49 Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 770 QE Embroidery Functions EMBROIDERY MOTIF SELECTION Selection Overview - Selection Overview - Selection Overview - Selection Overview - Open New Motif Add Motif Save Delete Motifs Embroidery Computer - USB Stick - Select Motifs from Folders...
  • Page 50 Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 750 QE Embroidery Functions EMBROIDERY MOTIF SELECTION Embroidery Computer - USB Stick - Select Motifs from Folders Select Motifs from Stick Motifs Folder Alphabet Folder My Designs Folder EMBROIDERY FUNCTIONS Move View of Motif within Selection...
  • Page 51 Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 580 Embroidery Functions EMBROIDERY MOTIF SELECTION Embroidery Computer - Embroidery Menu USB Stick Select Motifs from Folders Selecting Alphabets Folder Selecting Motifs Folder Selecting My Designs Folder EMBROIDERY FUNCTIONS Information Confirm Selection Leave Active Display Back to Previous Display...
  • Page 52 Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics BERNINA 560 Embroidery Functions EMBROIDERY MOTIF SELECTION Embroidery Computer - Embroidery Menu USB Stick Select Motifs from Folders Selecting Alphabets Folder Selecting Motifs Folder Selecting My Designs Folder EMBROIDERY FUNCTIONS Information Confirm Selection Leave Active Display Back to Previous Display...
  • Page 53 Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics Deco 340 Embroidery Functions EMBROIDERY MOTIF SELECTION Embroidery Computer - Select Motifs from Folders Select Alphabets Folder Select Design Card USB Stick Select Personally Saved Move from folder to folder Designs or page to page EMBROIDERY FUNCTIONS Stitching Time Utility Go to Edit Screen...
  • Page 54 Workbook 4—Embroidery Basics bernette Chicago 7 Embroidery Functions EMBROIDERY MOTIF SELECTION Navigation Arrows, and OK (check) button Built-in Designs Built-in Alphabets Import Designs from USB EMBROIDERY FUNCTIONS Go to Main Embroidery Move through embroidery colors Start/Stop Screen Move through embroidery stitch Mirror Image (Left/Right) Hoop Selection positions...

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