Stitch Fun - Once Upon A Quilt

Stitch Fun
For all current BERNINA models
except model 1008
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Table of Contents
Decorative Stitching ····························································································· 3
Securing Function ································································································ 4
Temporary Altered Memory ················································································· 5
Satin Stitching ······································································································ 6
Altering Stitches ··································································································· 7
Pattern Functions································································································· 8
Mirror Image ········································································································ 9
Balance ················································································································ 10
Balance Bonus····································································································· 11
Memory/Combi Mode ·························································································· 12
Alphabets ············································································································· 14
Memory Buttonhole······························································································ 15
Continuous Reverse/Backstepping ······································································ 16
Free-motion Stitching··························································································· 17
BERNINA Stitch Regulator ·················································································· 18
Double Needle Stitching ······················································································ 20
Wing Needle Stitching ························································································· 21
Bobbinplay ··········································································································· 22
Stitch, Function, and Foot Charts ········································································ 23
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The information in this workbook applies to all
current BERNINA sewing machines. Note:
Some exercises apply only to certain models
equipped with the feature being highlighted.
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Decorative Stitching
Welcome to the second workbook in the My BERNINA series. The
information and stitching exercises in this book explore the use of
decorative stitches and embellishment techniques using BERNINA
sewing machines.
Every sewing machine begins with the straight stitch and continues with
practical and decorative stitches, the specific stitch package depending on
the model. Some models have hundreds and even thousands of stitches
that can be used to embellish almost any type of project—garments, pillows,
quilts, purses, baby clothes, and more. To get the best results when sewing
decorative stitches, there are several items that you need to address: the
type of thread you use, the presser foot you select, and how you prepare
your fabric for stitching.
The type of thread you use plays an important part in the look of your final
stitching. Workbook 1 (Basic Operation) offers information on the fiber
content and properties of threads that are on the market today. There are
many from which to choose and if you try them all you’ll find a few favorites. Cotton embroidery thread,
especially in a heavier weight such as 30, gives a beautiful look to the stitches and has a nice luster to it.
If you want a high sheen, rayon or polyester embroidery thread are good choices. It often comes down to
a personal preference and what looks best on your project.
The presser foot you select is critical for good results because it can affect they way the fabric feeds under
the needle, influencing the stitch formation. Usually the key to selecting the correct presser foot is the sole.
If you are creating heavy, satin stitched patterns, you will need a foot that is not flat on the bottom. It should
have some type of indentation that allows the foot to ride over the completed stitch without dragging or
inhibiting the feed of the fabric. Stitches that are more open and have less thread will stitch well with an
all-purpose or zigzag presser foot. Reverse Pattern Foot #1/1C/1D has small indentations in front of and
behind the needle that allow the fabric
to move in a “back and forth” manner
when forming the stitches. Embroidery
Foot #6 has a wedge-shaped indentation
behind the needle, perfect for allowing
heavy compact stitches to flow freely
from under the back of the presser foot.
Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D and
Clear Embroidery Foot #39/39C/39D both
Clear Embroidery Foot #39
have the same shape but offer more
Reverse Pattern Foot #1
visibility of the stitching area.
Preparing your fabric correctly can take the frustration out of your stitching, giving you a positive experience
with beautiful results. The fabric needs to be stable enough to support the stitching without tunneling or
puckering. This can be accomplished in several ways, sometimes with a combination of techniques.
The fabric itself might be heavy enough to support the stitching but in many cases extra stabilization will
be needed. Interfacing (fusible or sew-in) is applied to the wrong side of the fabric and left in the project.
Stabilizers are used as a temporary form of support. For the exercises in this class we will be using lightweight tear away stabilizer that can be removed after stitching if desired.
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Securing Function
Fabric: Firm woven fabric, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: 80/12 Universal
Thread: 30 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D
Securing Function: Several very short stitches at beginning/end
of stitching; can be applied to decorative as well as straight
stitches.
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric.
Select a feather stitch.
Engage the Securing Function, if available; the machine will
automatically secure the stitches at the beginning of the stitching.
Sew a line of feather stitching. Re-engage the Securing Function
when approaching the end of the stitching; the machine will
automatically secure the stitching at the end of the current stitch
pattern.
Select the checkerboard stitch and sew a line next to the feather
stitch. Engage the Securing Function at the beginning and end of
the stitching.
Optional: Attach one of the Seam Guides with Rulers to the
presser foot. Set the guide 1” or 2” from needle as desired for
spacing between the lines of stitching.
Do you know how to:
▪ Activate the Securing Function at the
beginning and end of a stitch pattern?
▪ Attach and adjust the Seam Guide?
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Temporary Altered Memory
Fabric: Firm woven fabric, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: 80/12 Universal
Thread: 30 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: Reverse Pattern Foot #1/1C/1D
Temporary Altered Memory: The last stitch alterations made to
each stitch will remain in effect until manually changed or until
the power to the machine is turned off or until CLR is touched.
Touch CLR to clear any previous stitch alterations.
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric.
Row 1
Select the Zigzag stitch. Align the left edge of the foot with the
left edge of the fabric. Sew about 1”-2” of the preprogrammed
Zigzag stitch.
Alter the stitch width and length to 5mm; continue sewing the
length of the fabric.
Row 2
Select the Running stitch. Begin a second row of stitching and
sew about 1”-2” of the preprogrammed Running stitch.
Alter the stitch width and length to 3mm; continue sewing the
length of the fabric.
Row 3
Select the Zigzag stitch again. Begin sewing a third row and sew
about halfway down the fabric. Notice that the stitch alterations
made to the Zigzag stitch remain in effect.
Select the Running stitch again. Continue sewing the third row
of stitching. Notice that the stitch alterations made to the Running
stitch also remain in effect.
Note: artista 730 and the 8 Series
machines also have a History function
that remembers the last 15 (730, 830)
or 12 (820) stitches sewn even after
the power is turned off or disconnected.
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Do you know how to:
▪ Access any stitch?
▪ Make stitch alterations?
▪ Clear the Temporary Altered Memory?
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Satin Stitching
Fabric: Firm woven fabric, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: 80/12 Universal
Thread: 30 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: as indicated in the directions
Presser Foot: Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D
Touch CLR to clear any previous stitch alterations.
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric.
Select the Zigzag stitch. Adjust the stitch length to satin
stitch (0.5mm) and the stitch width to 5-7mm.
Note: A preprogrammed satin stitch is available on artista
models 630, 635LE, 640 and 730: Stitch #354 in the Quilt
menu.
Move the needle position to the far left and stitch along the
left side of the fabric for about 1”. While continuing to sew,
adjust the width down to 0mm and then widen it back to the
original width.
Move the needle position to center and stitch down the
center of the fabric, tapering and widening the stitch while
sewing.
Move the needle position to the far right and stitch along
the right side of the fabric, tapering and widening the stitch
while sewing.
Tension Tips
A slightly tighter bobbin tension will give a beautiful full look to
your satin stitch. The best way to achieve this:
• CB Hook Machines: Thread the bobbin thread through the
hole in the finger of the bobbin case.
• Rotary Hook Machines: Use the embroidery bobbin case
and thread the "pigtail”.
• 8 Series Machines: Thread bobbin for embroidery.
Do you know how to:
▪ Adjust the settings for satin stitching?
▪ Taper and widen the satin stitch?
▪ Adjust the needle position?
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Altered Stitches
Fabric: Firm woven fabric, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: 80/12 Universal
Thread: 30 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D
Touch CLR to clear any previous stitch alterations.
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric.
Select a decorative floral stitch.
Align the left edge of the foot with the left edge of the fabric.
Sew a row of the preprogrammed floral stitch.
Adjust the width of the floral stitch to 3mm and sew a second row
of stitching next to the first.
Touch CLR to reset the width. Adjust the length of the floral
stitch to 3mm and sew a third row of stitching.
Programmed
settings
3mm
width
3mm
length
Do you know how to:
▪ Find the floral stitches on your model?
▪ Reset the stitch length and width to the
preprogrammed settings?
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Pattern Functions
Pattern Begin
Pattern End
Fabric: Firm woven fabric, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: 80/12 Universal
Thread: 30 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: center
BERNINA Presser Foot: Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D
Pattern Repeat
x
Pattern Extend
Touch CLR to clear any previous stitch alterations.
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric.
Pattern Begin and Pattern End
Select the satin stitch heart pattern.
Sew 2½ patterns, stopping in the middle of the third pattern. Lift
the presser foot and move the needle down about an inch and then
begin sewing again. The pattern will start forming where you left off.
After completing the interrupted heart, start the final heart and
press Pattern End. The machine will stop stitching when the
pattern is complete. Tip: To make sure you have a complete
pattern, depress the foot control and do not remove your foot
until the machine stops.
Move to a new position and sew 2½ patterns, stopping in the
middle of the third pattern. Lift the presser foot and move the
needle down about an inch. Before starting to sew again, press
Pattern Begin. Start sewing; the pattern will start forming at the
beginning. Again, press Pattern End when you start the final heart.
Pattern Repeat and Pattern Extend
Select the satin stitch scallop; engage Pattern Repeat 1x.
Sew until the machine stops; you will have 1 scallop.
Engage Pattern Repeat 3x. Sew until the machine stops; you
will have 1 stitch pattern. Note: In this case, one stitch pattern
equals the repeated group of three scallops.
Engage Pattern Extend 3x and Pattern Repeat 1x.
Sew until the machine stops; you will have 1 stitch
pattern. Note: In this case, one stitch pattern equals
one extended scallop. As the stitch pattern is extended
(lengthened), the stitch density is maintained.
Do you know how to:
▪ Recognize the four different pattern
functions (which icon stands for each)?
.
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Mirror Image
Left/Right Mirror Image
Fabric: Firm woven fabric, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: 80/12 Universal
Thread: 30 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: center
BERNINA Presser Foot: Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D
Up/Down Mirror Image
Mirror Images:
Horizontal Mirror Image (Left/Right) – machine sews selected
stitch in Horizontal Mirror Image (right/left is determined by the
sewing direction)
Vertical Mirror Image (Up/Down) – machine sews selected stitch
in Vertical Mirror Image (up/down is determined by the sewing
direction)
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric.
Touch CLR to clear any previous stitch alterations.
Left/Right Mirror Image
Select the Blanket stitch.
Sew one row across fabric.
Engage Left/Right Mirror Image and sew a second row
next to the first, using the side of the presser foot for spacing.
Up/Down Mirror Image
Select the satin stitched arrowheads; engage Pattern Repeat
4x. Stitch one stitch pattern for a total of four arrowheads. The
machine will stop when stitch the pattern is complete. Tip: To
make sure you have a complete pattern, depress the foot
control and do not remove your foot until the machine stops.
Engage Up/Down Mirror Image. The entire stitch pattern (four
arrowheads) will be mirror imaged. Stitch one stitch pattern for
a total of four arrowheads.
Repeat the previous two steps to stitch four complete sets
of arrowheads.
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Do you know how to:
▪ Tell the difference between Left/Right
and Up/Down Mirror Image functions?
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Balance
Balance
Fabric: Firm woven fabric, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: 80/12 Universal
Thread: 30 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D
The Balance function is generally reserved for fine tuning the
appearance of a stitch, as is sometimes required because of
differences in fabrics and threads. Balance, however, can also
be used as a creative tool to manipulate the look of a stitch. On
the artista, for example, it can be used to alter the appearance
of preprogrammed decorative stitches.
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric.
Preprogrammed
Stitch
Touch CLR to clear any previous stitch alterations.
Select the Double Overlock stitch; sew about 1½”.
Adjust the Balance as described below for your model to spread
the pattern; sew another 1½”.
Spread
Stitch
Adjust the Balance as described below to condense the pattern;
sew another 1½”.
bernette, activa and 3 Series:
Adjust the Balance knob toward the “open” symbol to
spread the pattern; adjust the balance knob toward the
“closed” symbol to condense it.
Condensed
Stitch
aurora:
Touch the Balance button; use the Needle Position
buttons to adjust the balance. Touch > to spread stitch,
< to condense stitch.
artista and 8 Series:
Select the Balance function; two pictures appear on the
screen, both showing the stitch in its programmed form.
Using the Stitch Length knob, adjust the stitch image on
the right side of the screen so it looks exactly like the
stitch sample on your fabric. Touch OK; the artista 730
automatically corrects the stitch balance while sewing,
calculating the proper setting to achieve the appearance
of the original stitch (left screen). Note: On artista models,
Balance affects only the selected stitch.
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Do you know how to:
▪ Fine-tune the stitch balance on your
model?
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Balance Bonus
Fabric: Firm woven fabric, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: 80/12 Universal
Thread: 30 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric.
Touch CLR to clear any previous stitch alterations.
Select Stitch #401; select Pattern Repeat 1x. Stitch one pattern.
Select the Balance function; disengage the Pattern Repeat function.
As you sew, turn the stitch width knob to alter the feed of the fabric
and skew the stitch, moving from positive 14 to negative 14 and back
again. The knob may be moved as you sew, creating a waved stitch
effect.
After sewing one “row” of stitches, sew two additional ones using
#405, and #429. Almost any stitch will work but this technique works
especially well with compact stitches.
Note: This is an 8 Series Exclusive feature.
Do you know how to:
▪ Adjust the Balance function as you sew?
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Memory/Combi Mode
Memory: Accessing, Programming and Saving
3 Series and aurora
Accessing Memory: Press the center mem button on the front of the
machine. The memory cursor appears on-screen at left, the number
of available spaces blinks, and the word mem appears.
Programming Memory: Select the desired stitch; the stitch number
appears on screen. Touch the mem button; the selected stitch is
programmed. The number of available spaces appears on screen. Continue
programming in this manner. Scroll through programmed memory using the
arrows on either side of the mem button. Altered stitches can be saved in
memory, including their adjusted length, width, & needle positions. Delete
all unwanted stitches before programming a new sequence.
3 Series
aurora
Saving in Memory:
When the mem button on the right is pressed, the character is saved into the
memory. Individual stitch patterns, letters or numbers can be deleted or
overwritten
artista and 8 Series
Accessing Memory: Touch the Combi-Mode symbol; the Stitch Altering Area
(SAA) appears on screen, ready for stitch input.
Programming Memory: Select the desired stitch; it is automatically entered
into the Stitch Altering Area. Notice that the background of the selected
stitch is BLUE and that there is a RED cursor along the lower edge of the
selected stitch. When the selected stitch background is blue, the stitch is
“active” and changes made will apply to that stitch. Continue programming
in this manner until all stitches in the sequence are entered into memory.
artista 630, 635LE, 640
The following parameters can be altered separately within a combination:
FOR EACH STITCH
• Stitch Length
• Stitch Width
• Needle Position
• Tension
• Balance
• Long Stitch
• Pattern Extend
• Left/Right Mirror Image
• Up/Down Mirror Image
• Securing Function
• Sub-Divider (640, 730, 820, and
830 models only)
FOR EACH COMBINATION:
• Motor Speed
• Left/Right Mirror Image
artista 730
8 Series
Saving in Memory:
artista 630, 635LE, 640: Once you have programmed the desired stitches &
alterations, touch the Save icon. Save this combination in an empty drawer.
artista 730, 8 Series: Once you have programmed the desired stitches &
alterations, select the Multi-purpose icon (eyeglasses). Touch Save Combination and save it in an empty drawer.
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Memory/Combi Mode
Fabric: Firm woven fabric, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: 80/12 Universal
Thread: 30 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric.
Touch CLR to clear any previous stitch alterations.
Row #1
• Access Memory; program the indicated stitch sequence
(1 star, 3 leaves, 1 star).
• Engage Pattern End 1x and the Securing function (if available).
• Stitch one complete combination (if the Securing function is
engaged, the machine will stop automatically).
Row #2
• Clear Memory.
• Select the Scallop stitch; enter into Memory one time.
• Enter the Scallop stitch into Memory again (one time).
• Engage Left/Right Mirror Image.
• Sew a row along the length of the fabric.
Row #3
• Clear Memory.
• Select the Arrowhead stitch and Pattern Extend 3x.
• Enter the altered arrowhead into Memory one time.
• Select the Arrowhead stitch and Pattern Extend 3x.
• Engage the Up/Down Mirror Image.
• Sew a row along the length of the fabric.
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Do you know how to:
▪ Access the memory on your machine?
▪ Stitch the combined stitches from your
machine’s memory?
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Alphabets
Fabric: Firm woven fabric, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: 80/12 Universal
Thread: 30 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D
Touch CLR to clear any previous stitch alterations.
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric.
Row 1
Select the Alphabet button.
Program BERNANA and select Pattern End 1x; stitch.
Note: Use instructions on page 12 for accessing and programming
the memory.
Edit, changing the first “A” to an “I” to spell BERNINA; stitch.
Row 2
Program BERNINA, your name, and/or the date in a mix of styles
as available on your model.
Do you know how to:
▪ Program lettering into the memory of
your machine?
▪ Edit lettering already programmed?
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Memory Buttonholes
Fabric: Heavy flannel, 6” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away stabilizer, 3” x 6”
Needle: 80/12 Universal
Thread: 30 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: Automatic Buttonhole Foot #3A
Long Term Buttonhole Memory: Save buttonholes that you use over
and over (ex., for shirts).
For any aurora, artista, or 8 Series model, you must first make the
desired buttonhole in the size using Automatic Buttonhole Foot #3A.
(see Basic Operation workbook for directions). To save the buttonhole
in Long Term Memory, follow the steps below for your model.
aurora 430/440QE/450F
After the buttonhole is complete, press memտ
To test, turn machine off and wait 60 seconds. Turn machine back on.
Select the Standard Buttonhole and press the memտ button.
Note: Only one buttonhole may be saved in Long Term Memory on
the aurora 430/440QE/450F.To clear a saved buttonhole, a new one
must be programmed over the previous one.
artista & 8 Series
Select the Stitch Altering Area (SAA). Select Save Settings.
To test, turn machine off and wait 60 seconds. Turn machine on.
Select the Standard Buttonhole; touch the On-screen Measuring icon;
press OK.
Note: To clear a saved buttonhole, a new one must be programmed
over the previous one.
Do you know how to:
▪ Program lettering into the memory of
your machine?
▪ Edit lettering already programmed?
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Continuous Reverse/Backstepping
Fabric: Firm woven fabric, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away-stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: 80/12 Universal
Thread: 30 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: Clear Foot #34/34C/34D
As the name implies, Continuous Reverse is a function that sews
stitch patterns in reverse. Backstepping does this also but is more
precise as it actually records the last 20 seconds of stitching to
give accurate stitch-by-stitch reverse sewing. This feature is great
when you have a thread break or unknowingly run out of bobbin
thread. You can re-thread and backstep to the exact location of
the last sewn stitch.
Touch CLR to clear any previous stitch alterations.
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric.
Select the Tulip stitch. Engage the Needle Stop Down function if
available.
Sew 6 tulips on the fabric and stop with the needle down; do not
move the fabric.
Select the Continuous Reverse or Backstepping button. Continue
stitching; the machine will now stitch backward, forming tulips on
top of the previous ones. While the third tulip is stitching, engage
the Pattern End function; the machine will stop at the end of the
pattern.
Clip threads. Touch CLR to turn off the function.
To access Continuous Reverse:
activa and 3 Series: “Double-click” Quick Reverse button
aurora: Press and hold Quick Reverse button; wait for beep
artista: Press Continuous Reverse button
8 Series: Press Quick Reverse or Backstepping button
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Do you know how to:
▪ Sew backward on your model?
▪ Use the Free Hand System (FHS) on
your machine?
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Free-Motion Stitching
Fabric: Two pieces medium weight cotton, 12” x 12” each and
Low-loft cotton batting, 12” x 12”
Needle: 80/12 Quilting needle
Thread: King Tut 40 wt. quilting (Superior Threads) - needle and
Bottom Line bobbin threads (Superior Threads) - bobbin
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: Darning Foot #9 or
Freehand Embroidery Foot #24 or
Freehand Quilting Foot #29/29C
Free-motion stitching refers to sewing without the feeding aid of the
sewing machine. The feed dog is lowered and the fabric stays in
the same place unless you manually move it. Free-motion stitching
is used in quilting, bobbinplay, and thread painting.
This type of stitching is not difficult but it does take practice to master the continual movement needed to form even and consistent
stitches. Moving the fabric too quickly creates long, unattractive
stitches, and moving too slowly results in a build-up of thread
instead of beautiful areas of decorative stitching.
There are several BERNINA presser feet designed for free-motion
stitching, each with a patented hopper mechanism that holds the
fabric down as the needle pulls away, making it easy to move the
fabric.
To become familiar with this type of stitching, make a “quilt sandwich” with the batting between two layers of fabric, and practice
"drawing" a variety of shapes (see below) on fabric as follows:
1. Using the foot control or the Stop/Start button to run the
machine, move the fabric in a forward and back motion.
2. Move hands from side to side, then top to bottom, keeping
the lines of stitching perpendicular to each other.
3. Move hands in smooth curves from left to right.
4. Move hands in cursive “l” shapes.
5. Create stippling shapes – think of interconnecting puzzle
pieces with evenly sized “bumps.” Avoid “painting” yourself
into a corner and/or stitching across a previously stitched line.
Do you know how to:
▪ Lower the feed dog?
▪ Move the fabric for even and consistent
stitching?
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BERNINA Stitch Regulator
The BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) is designed to assist with free-motion stitching techniques by helping to
keep the stitch length regular and consistent, eliminating hours of practice.
The BSR Foot is equipped with three unique soles, each designed for different sewing situations. Experiment
with each sole; personal preference plays a major role in determining which sole is most appropriate for you to
use with each project and/or technique.
• A closed, O-shaped, metal sole for detailed free-motion stitching techniques such as stippling, bobbinplay,
and thread painting.
• An open, C-shaped, metal sole for added visibility in front of needle when following printed or marked lines.
The “prongs” of this sole are slightly curved, facilitating movement over several layers of fabric and/or
thread.
• A large, clear plastic sole for echo-quilting and medium to large-scale free-motion stitching techniques. The
large sole moves easily over raised areas; useful for stitching thick batts, as it compresses a larger area
around the needle, increasing visibility. Cross-hairs and concentric circle markings aid in accurate stitch
placement.
BERNINA Stitch Regulator Mode 1
When BSR Mode 1 is selected the needle immediately starts to move up and down, ready for the fabric to be
moved for stitching.
BERNINA Stitch Regulator Mode 2
When working in BSR Mode 2, the motor is engaged only when the fabric is moved under the foot, giving the
stitcher time to stop and think about the path the needle is taking. Note: If there is no movement for over
approximately seven seconds, the BSR will automatically deactivate.
Install and activate the BERNINA Stitch Regulator; lower the feed dog (the 8 Series models automatically
lower the feed dog when the BERNINA Stitch Regulator is selected. Check to be sure the motor speed is set
to full. Note: It is possible to stitch faster than the BSR can regulate. Engage the audio signal to alert you when
you exceed the “speed limit”.
Create a sample using the BERNINA Stitch Regulator using the sole and Mode of your choice, following the
stitching instructions on the previous page.
8 Series
artista
730
artista 730 and 8 Series machine
owners have information about the
BERNINA Stitch Regulator available
at any time. Select the Tutorial icon,
then BSR to obtain on-screen info.
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Do you know how to:
▪ Attach the soles to the BERNINA Stitch
Regulator?
▪ Access the BSR Tutorial?
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BERNINA Stitch Regulator
Fabric: Two pieces medium weight cotton, 12” x 12” each and
Low-loft cotton batting, 12” x 12”
Needle: 80/12 Quilting needle
Thread: King Tut 40 wt. quilting (Superior Threads) - needle and
Bottom Line bobbin threads (Superior Threads) - bobbin
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: BERNINA Stitch Regulator #42
Use the BSR zigzag option to easily and quickly create freehand
embroidery designs, shade or accent fabric motifs, and couch
decorative fibers.
Make a “quilt sandwich” with the batting between the fabric.
Connect the BERNINA Stitch Regulator to the machine and select the
BSR Zigzag stitch. Select Mode 1 or 2 as desired. Set the presser foot
pressure to 1. Lower the fed dog (8Series models do this
automatically).
1
Using a fabric marker, trace or draw leaf shape (1)
on fabric, starting at the upper edge and drawing
in one continuous line. Layer fabric and batting
to create a “quilt sandwich.” Thread machine
as indicated above. Place fabric under the
BERNINA Stitch Regulator foot.
Select the BSR straight stitch. Stitch
the leaf shape, tracing lines several
times (2).
Select the BSR zigzag stitch
Shade the left side of the leaf (3).
Experiment with different stitch
lengths and widths, making note
of your preferences.
2
3
Do you know how to:
▪ Attach the BERNINA Stitch Regulator
to the machine?
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Double Needle Stitching
Fabric: Firm woven fabric, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: 2.0mm or 3.0mm Double Needle
Thread: Two spools, 30 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D
Touch CLR to clear any previous stitch alterations.
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric.
Insert the Double Needle and thread the machine with 2 colors of
thread. Make sure you have the appropriate stitch plate (not the
straight stitch plate).
Engage the Double Needle Limitation function or Security Program,
if available, selecting the appropriate Double Needle option.
Note: If these features are not available, check to be sure the
needles will not strike the foot by turning the handwheel to walk
the machine through the first stitch.
Starting with the stitches shown above (Zigzag, Running, and
Feather), select several different stitches and sew across the fabric
randomly. Carefully check the stitch width before sewing to avoid
breaking your needle.
Double Needle Tips
• When doing decorative needle work you should sew slowly –
change motor to half speed if this option is available.
• If your model does not have a Double Needle Limitation function
or Security Program, use this formula to determine the widest
stitch width possible before the needle strikes the presser foot:
Widest width of the machine
— Width between the two needles
Widest stitch width possible
.
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Double Needles
available in sizes:
1.6/70 – 8.0/100
Do you know how to:
▪ Thread for Double Needle sewing?
▪ Insert a Double Needle?
▪ Turn a corner with a Double Needle?
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Wing Needle Stitching
Fabric: Cotton organdy or batiste, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear-away stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: Wing size 100/16
Thread: 60 wt. cotton embroidery
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: Clear Foot #34/34C/34D or
Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D
Touch CLR to clear any previous stitch alterations.
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric.
Insert the Wing needle.
If available, engage the Wing Needle Limitation function or Security
Program (Wing needle option). This alters the stitch width so that
the “wings” of the needle will not hit the presser foot; it also limits
stitches to the center needle position.
Place the tear-away stabilizer behind the fabric. Select the Star
stitch and sew one row along the length of the fabric.
Select the Ladder stitch and sew a second line of stitching next to
the first, using the edge of the presser foot as a spacing guide.
Select the “Daisy Chain” stitch if available and sew a third row as
shown. If not, select another multi-motion stitch.
Wing Needle Tips
• When selecting stitches to use with a Wing needle, look for
multi-motion stitches where the needle enters the same hole
multiple times.
• Stitching on the diagonal (bias) of the fabric allows holes created
by the Wing needle to open more easily. To help support fabric
and stitching, temporarily bond a layer of heavy, water-soluble
stabilizer to wrong side of fabric using a temporary spray adhesive.
Remove the stabilizer completely after stitching is finished.
Wing Needles
available in sizes:
100/16 and 120/20
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Do you know how to:
▪ Insert a Wing needle into the machine?
▪ Select a stitch suitable for Wing
needlework?
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Bobbinplay
Fabric: Firm woven fabric, 4” x 6” and
Lightweight tear away-stabilizer, 4” x 6”
Needle: 80/12 Universal
Thread: 30 wt. cotton embroidery for the needle and
Heavy decorative thread for the bobbin
Needle Position: center
Presser Foot: Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D
Additional Accessory: Black Latch or auxiliary bobbin case
Place the stabilizer behind the fabric. Optional: Use temporary
spray adhesive to hold the stabilizer in place.
Wind a bobbin (on the machine at a slow speed) half full of heavy
decorative thread, such as YLI Designer 6 or Pearl Crown Rayon.
Insert the bobbin into the Black Latch Bobbin Case (or an extra
bobbin case); adjust (loosen, in most cases) the tension screw
as necessary. For 8 Series machines, remove the bobbin into the
machine and adjust the tension as directed in the manual using
the Multi-purpose Tool.
Thread the needle with regular sewing thread; select a Feather
stitch. Note: Select stitches that are more open, rather than
heavy so the decorative thread has room to form the stitch.
Place the stabilized fabric right side down under the presser
foot, with the stabilizer facing up. Use the handwheel to bring
the bobbin thread up to the surface. You may need to “tug” on
the needle thread to pull the heavy bobbin thread through the
fabric. Hold the thread tails behind the presser foot.
Sew a row of stitches; when finished, turn the fabric right side
up. The bobbin tension can be adjusted to alter the look of the
stitch as desired. Use a hand-sewing needle to bring the decorative
thread to the back of the work; knot the thread tails to secure the
stitching.
.
Repeat, using the Star stitch.
Bobbinplay Tips
• ONLY use an auxiliary bobbin case; do NOT adjust
the tension on your regular bobbin case.
• Use a contrasting color of bobbin thread; it will be slightly
visible on the right side of the fabric, making the
decorative stitches resemble hand-stitched embroidery.
• Increase the needle tension (along with the loosened
bobbin tension) if needed to make the stitch look as
desired.
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Do you know how to:
▪ Adjust the bobbin tension?
▪ Select a stitch suitable for bobbinplay?
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Stitch Chart
The following stitches are used in Workbook 2: Stitch Fun. The chart gives the stitch number for each model
(-- indicates that the stitch is not available).
8 Series
Stitch
Alphabets
820
730
13 styles 8 styles 6 styles
aurora
640
635LE
5 styles
3 styles
630
450
440QE
3 Series
430
380
350PE
330
4 styles 4 styles 3 styles 2 styles 2 styles 2 styles 1 style
401
401
401
401
401
401
75
89
66
38
34
22
1329
1329
329
329
329
329
64
45
50
107
78
39
Checkerboard
405
405
405
405
405
405
95
92
69
41
37
28
Daisy Chain
114
114
114
114
114
114
41
73
36
—
—
—
10
10
10
10
10
10
8
8
8
8
8
8
1332
1332
332
332
332
332
67
48
53
110
81
40
Floral
123
123
123
123
123
123
45
80
40
34
—
—
Geometric
429
429
429
429
429
429
91
108
89
53
49
—
Heart
413
413
413
413
413
413
102
99
76
44
40
25
Ladder
702
702
702
702
702
702
126
148
119
72
62
35
Leaf
717
717
717
717
717
717
155
159
130
82
68
—
Running
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
Scallop
416
416
416
416
416
416
88
102
79
46
42
27
51
51
51
51
51
51
11
11
11
0
0
0
711
711
711
711
711
711
146
36
126
78
66
36
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Tulips
101
101
101
101
101
101
34
64
29
25
23
18
Zigzag
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
Arrowhead
Blanket
Double Overlock
Feather
Standard
Buttonhole
Star
Straight
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Machine Features & Functions
The following features and functions are used in Workbook 2: Stitch Fun.
8 Series
artista
aurora
3 Series
activa
Feature/ Function
830
820
730
640
635LE
630
450
440QE
430
380
350PE
330
210
1008
Balance
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
—
BERNINA Stitch
Regulator
Straight
Zigzag
Straight
Zigzag
Straight
Zigzag
Optional
Straight
Optional
Straight
Straight
Optional
Straight
—
—
—
—
—
Bobbin System
Jumbo
Jumbo
Rotary
Rotary
CB
CB
CB
CB
CB
CB
CB
CB
CB
CB
Continuous Reverse /
Backstepping
Both
Both
CR
CR
CR
CR
CR
CR
CR
CR
CR
CR
CR
—
Free Hand System
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
opt
—
—
—
History Stitches
15
12
15
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
90
90
60
30
30
30
—
—
—
—
Long-term Memory/
Stitch Combinations
Multiple
Drawers
Multiple
Drawers
Multiple
Drawers
Multiple
Drawers
Optional Optional
Straight Straight
Multiple
Drawers
Multiple
Drawers
characters characters characters characters characters characters
Mirror Image—horizontal
yes
Mirror Image—vertical
Needle Stop Down
Pattern Begin
Pattern End
Pattern Extend 2-5x
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
—
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
—
—
—
—
—
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
—
—
—
—
—
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
Pattern Repeat 1-9x
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
Presser Foot Pressure
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
—
Security Program
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
Securing Function
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
—
—
—
—
—
Slide-on Tray
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
opt
yes
yes
Temp. Altered Memory
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
—
—
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yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
—
—
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Presser Foot Chart
The presser feet listed below are included with the purchase of each model as indicated on the chart (-- indicates that the presser foot is not included but may be
available as an optional accessory). The BERNINA name and numbers are listed and if the bernette has a corresponding presser foot, it is indicated by the letter
stamped on the top of the sole. If the bernette foot does not have a letter, it is indicated by an “X”. The highlighted feet have snap-on soles.
8 Series
artista
aurora
3 Series
activa classic
bernette
Presser Feet
830
820
730
640
635LE
630
450
440QE
430
380
350PE
330
210
1008
92c
66
56
46
Reverse Pattern
Foot #1/1C/1D
1C &
1D
1C &
1D
1C
1C
1
1
1C
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
C
C
J
X
Overlock Foot
#2/2A
Standard Buttonhole Foot #3/3C
2A
--
2A
2A
--
2
2A
--
2
2
--
--
--
2
--
--
--
--
3C
--
3C
3C
--
3
--
--
--
--
--
--
3
3
--
--
B
X
Auto Buttonhole
Foot #3A
3A
3A
3A
3A
3A
3A
3A
3A
3A
3A
3A
3A
--
--
D
D
--
--
Zipper Foot #4/4D
4D
4D
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
I
I
I
X
Blind Hem Foot #5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
X
--
--
--
Jeans Foot #8/8D
--
--
8
--
--
--
--
--
--
8
--
8
--
--
--
--
--
--
Darning Foot #9
--
--
--
9
--
9
9
9
9
--
--
--
--
--
X
--
--
--
Button Sew-On
Foot #18
18
--
18
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
X
X
X
X
20C
20C
20C
20C
20
20
20C
20
--
20
--
20
--
--
X
--
--
--
--
37D
--
--
--
--
--
37
--
--
37
--
--
--
X
--
--
--
Sideways Motion
Foot #40C
BERNINA Stitch
Regulator #42
40C
--
40C
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
42
42
42
--
--
--
--
42
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Walking Foot #50
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
50
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Circular Embroidery Attachment 83
Freemotion
Couching Foot #43
--
--
--
--
83
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
43
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Open Embroidery
Foot #20/20C/20D
Patchwork Foot
#37/37D
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