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Ready for new galaxies with the BERNINA 880

I can’t help it, but I always return to my BERNINA 880, use any free moment to discover more of these fantastic new possibilies, that are hidden in this miracle of technology.

Recently I focussed on the options of the shapedesigner, there are not only such fantastic circle motivs available, but much more designs as for example nested and distored lines:

 

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It looks much more complicated than it is. I do appreciate a lot, that all theses designs can be created at the machine itself, without the help of an embroidery software and a computer.

On the following you will find a detailed photo instruction, how to create these “galaxies”.

First of all I open the Overview Display Sewing mode/Embroidery mode

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and choose the Embroidry mode:

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The Embroidery computer starts and shows up folders “Alphabets”, “Motifs”, “Stich patterns” and “My Designs” – I select the “Stich patterns” and touch it:

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and select the folder “Quilting Stiches”:

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why not choosing some unspectaculus stitch?:

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The new Overview Display shows upt the JumboHoop and the selected stich. Right hand you will find some functions feature tips for the stich.

In a first step I enlarge the stitch. You can see, that the stich itself measures 9 x 10mm in original. Touching the icon “Rescale motiv proportionally” enables to change the stitchsize:

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100% of the original stitch are shown and now I change the size by turning the stitch width knob:

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up to 104 %

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and a bit more to 130% – well that’s fine for the moment. The stitchsize has enlarged to 11 x 13 mm, have a look left side down on the display.

Klick now on the “x” icon to close and to return to the previous display, with the enlarged stitch:

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I am back into basic settings with the adjusted stitch and touch the “i” information icon:

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et voilĂ  – there you are again in the Overview Display. Now I touch the icon for shaping and choose a form the motiv/stitch can be arranged in different variations:

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The shaping programm always opens with a square, I choose the semi circle by touching the icon:

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and it changes into it:

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To minimize the semicircle I keep on touching the “-” icon:

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minimized to 80%.

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and now I start increasing the number of stitches (motifs) by touching thw “+” with the Touchscreen pen…

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… onto 6 …

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… up to 26 stitches,

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Touch the green icon to confirm this first step.

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The first layer shows up the semicirle ready for embroidering:

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But it’s a long way to start with – now I start playing around 🙂 Klick on the icon “Rescale motiv width and height”….

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and change the semicircles form by turning the stich width knob:

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and close the motif by touching “x” as soon as the distorsion is “strong enough”:

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and come back to the Overview Display. And another time I touch the “i” for more changing:

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because I like to turn the semicircle in general: I select the icon “Rotate motif”…

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and rotate the motif again by turning the stitch width knob to the right:

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and close again via “x”

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the bow can be mirrored horizontally or vertically:

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When I want to add another bow, I do not need to start at the very first step, I just duplicate the edited motif: just touch the icon “Duplicate”:

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another layer was created with an identical bow, both motifs are congruent at this step:

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slidly moved (just for viewing) you will see the duplication:

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the second semicircle needs to be changed in size now and I therefore touch the second layer:

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and choosse the proportional change of enlargement:

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and reduce the size of the bow, by turning the stitch width knob to the left. I minimize the size approx 40%.

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To get a bit more pep into it I select the rotationfunction again:

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and rotate the motiv. The lowest layer always shows all motifs – it’s a sort of a preview for me, whilst working:

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Well, I don’t quite like it like that, so it needs more changing. Another touch on the “i” and back into the Overview Display:

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choosing “Rescale motif width and height” and enlarge the motif in a first step:

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and klick the icon “Move motif” to chance position:

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move it to the right….

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a bit way up, by turning the stitch length knob:

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and klick “x” to close and find back to my “workbase”. Both motifs found into another variation:

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Back again in the Overview Display I choose the lowest layer with the semicircle-combination, tough the “Dulicate” icon for another duplication:

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the fourth layer shows up:

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and four semicircles are congruent at this moment – and a little moved:

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Again I click with the touchscreen pen on the very layer to change the added motif in its position:

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choose “Move motif” and turn the stitch width knob….

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move it a little downwards:

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again I switch into “”Rotate motif”….

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and turn the previous added motif in general. You will notice, that the virtual hoop is marked with a red line, the motif in its actual size is too large:

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I close by “x”

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and check all three motivs in the bottom layer:

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and click another time on “i” to return to the Overview:

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To minimize the combination I select “Rescale motif proportionaly”:

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and minimize the motif by turing the stitch width knob, until it fits into the JumboHoop:

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Make sure to save the motif. Another motif has already been designed and saved  – to be seen right side – my first galaxy:

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that has been embroidered on appelgreen calfskin-velour: the spatial depth effect is stunning!

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Well, all I can say that it is so great fun to work with the BERNINA 880 and to discover more and more, day by day. This machine is really great cinema :-).

Creative regards,

Jutta Hellbach

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    Wow – I love this! Must try it with the 880 – thanks so much!

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