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Digitize an FSL file for embroidery

FSL stands for Free Standing Lace. Do you know how to digitize an FSL file for embroidery? I only started with FSL digitizing 2 weeks ago and I made up a star. I’ll show you how it works in BERNINA Embroidery Software 9

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You will embroider on water soluble stabilizer and wash it away after embroidering.

I work on the BERNINA 700.

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The B 700 convinces with many new, innovative functions such as the pinpoint placement. Moreover, this embroidery machine comes with many embroidery patterns.

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Digitize an FSL file for embroidery BERNINA software 9

Basic principles to digitize an FSL file for embroidery:

  • Digitize the outline in satin stitch (3mm or wider)
  • Embroider several layers in opposite stitch angles
  • Avoid large open shapes
  • Use the same thread in the bobbin and on the spool.


Here’s a step by step tutorial:

Digitize an ouline shape in a 3 mm satin stich (or wider).

Copy the shape and set to a different colour.

Change the second shape from ouline satin stich to fill stitch.

Remove underlays in Object Properties > Effects.

Set fill stitch to stitch spacine 2 (or higher) and stitch length to 1.5 or 1.75.

Open ‘Effects’ again and set ‘Others’ to ‘Travel on Edges’ to avoic extra connections in the embroidered area.

This is what you see, when hiding the first outline satin stitch.

Duplicate this filled shape and change colour for a good view on the different objects.

Set stitch angle to 135° in Object Properties:

This is how you make FSL. Always embroider 2 (or more) layers.

Copy the outline star and reduce size to split the big shape.

Copy the shape once more and rotate, to split the center area.

Digitize an FSL file for embroidery BERNINA software 9 DesignerPlus Don’t forget to optimize start and stop of every embroidery object, to reduce jump stitches and loose threads o rknots on the back.

Select all and set to one colour.

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Dit this tutorial help you to digitize an FSL file for embroidery?

Try it again with other shapes, try different settings for the fill stitch, try, try, try!

Digitize an FSL file for embroidery

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