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Learning to Sew for Beginners, Part 7: Embroidering with a Sewing Machine

We are now in part 7 of the “Learning to Sew for Beginners” blog series. Do you already have an embroidery machine? Or are you toying with the idea of buying one? An embroidery machine or a sewing machine with an embroidery function is indeed something special! Embroidery gives your sewing projects even more individuality. With embroidery, you can also make products you have bought unique.

Embroidery for beginners

I have had my beloved BERNINA 700 for 3 years and I would never part with it! My favorite thing is embroidering my bags and backpacks, and I would like to share my experience with you. And you have something to look forward to: below in the post, you will find a great embroidery freebie!

Image of BERNINA 700.


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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What do you need for embroidery?

  • Embroidery machine or a sewing machine with an embroidery module
  • Embroidery hoops
  • Stabilizers
  • Embroidery thread (upper thread and bobbin)
  • Embroidery needle 
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Optional Avalon



Depending on which fabric you want to embroider, you must use a specific stabilizer. Because I am only embroidering non-elastic fabrics, I am using tear-away embroidery stabilizer.

Embroidery files

When purchasing embroidery files, always pay attention to the format and size of the file. For BERNINA, you will need the EXP Format.

You are in very good hands with OESD. This company is a subsidiary of BERNINA. You can find OESD embroidery designs at:

You must have a suitable hoop for the desired size of the embroidery. There are some embroidery hoops on the machine. You can find many more here:

BERNINA Embroidery Hoops

Essentially, there are three types of embroidery files: full stitch embroidery, appliqué and ITH.

Full stitch embroidery 

In the full stitch embroidery files, the entire design is embroidered entirely with the embroidery thread. 

Free “Mandala” embroidery file from Muckiju

Exclusively for the readers of the BERNINA blog, Yvonne from Muckiju – under this label she offers faux leather labels, embroidery files, plotting files & gifts – has created a beautiful mandala embroidery design. Feel free to stop by her site and download the embroidery file for free: Download Muckiju design (in German)

For my bag, I am using synthetic leather, it is wonderful to embroider. Never tighten the artificial leather in the embroidery hoop! This results in unattractive impressions. The stabilizer must be tightly tensioned in the drum. 

Stickvlies einspannen

Attach the fabric onto the stabilizer with a spray adhesive.

Sprühkleber aufbringen

Before you start embroidering, it is best to check whether the embroidery design is in the desired area. To do this, press the CHECK button on your embroidery machine.

By pressing the 4 arrows, the hoop moves and shows the area to be embroidered.

Stickdatei platzieren

After the first sequence has been embroidered, the embroidery machine stops. Now you can change the thread color or simply continue embroidering if you want the Mandala to be solid.

Farbwechsel Stickerei

Please make sure that the embroidery machine does not “rush”. If the speed regulator is set in the middle, the entire embroidery image becomes much nicer and the individual stitches are cleaner. 

Stickgeschwindigkeit regulieren

Finally, the connecting thread is cut off with the scissors if the automatic thread cutter has been displayed.

Verbindungsstiche abschneiden

Now the embroidery on the front section of my bag is finished.

Now carefully tear off the stabilizer.

Stickvlies entfernen

After a while on the sewing machine, my crossbody bag is finished!

Tasche nähen

Tasche besticken


I prefer to use appliqués for sewing projects for children, such as on backpacks, gym bags or handlebar bags. For this, the pieces of fabric are placed one after the other and embroidered on with the machine. 


I like to use the plush for the animal appliqués. When embroidering long-pile fabrics, such as plush or Nicky fabrics, corduroy or terry, I recommend that you always use Avalon. Avalon is a water-soluble film that is placed onto the fabric when embroidering.

Avolon verwenden

The embroidery machine embroiders onto the film, thus preventing the embroidery from “sinking into the fabric”.


In addition, Avalon prevents the fabric fibers from lying in different directions, resulting in a uniform embroidery pattern.

Finally, the film is carefully torn off.

Avalon entfernen

You can simply rinse the remnants with water, because the film is soluble in water.

ITH embroidery 

ITH (in the hoop) embroidery files are sewing projects that are made in the embroidery hoop, which means that you do not need a sewing machine. These can be either small projects, such as key fobs, bookmarks, coasters, vaccine pass cases, or parts of large projects (stuffed animals).

I will show you how to embroider a small pendant. For this I use a free embroidery file from Sticktier:

Free Embroidery File (in German)

ITH Nähprojekt

First, the outlines are embroidered on the stabilizer. 

Konturen sticken

Then you place a piece of fabric on top. I have chosen felt. It is preferable to use fabric that does not fray (artificial leather, cork, vinyl or felt).

Attach the fabric with the spray adhesive so that it does not slip when embroidering.

Filz mit Sprühkleber fixieren

Embroider further steps as normal.

Finally, the back of the pendant is embroidered. To do this, cut another piece of fabric.

Attach it to the back of the stabilizer. 

Stoff auf Rückseite fixieren

The final step connects both pieces of fabric together. The bobbin thread will be visible on the back, so pay attention when selecting its color. I left the white bobbin thread. Then take everything out of the embroidery hoop, carefully tear off the stabilizer and cut out the pendant. 

Anhänger zuschneiden

You can attach an eyelet using an appropriate tool. 

Öse anbringen

Your cute sewing machine pendant is finished!


I hope you have lots of fun embroidering and much success!

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  • Dominique Langle EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Bonjour. Impossible de tĂ©lĂ©charger ce magnifique mandala. J’ai fait l inscription dossier.  Quand je mets le mandala dans le panier,  il est indiqué  ce produit n est pas Ă  vendre. Quel est le processus de tĂ©lĂ©chargement ? Merci d avance de  votre aide. Dominique. 

    • ramonawirthEdited EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Chère Dominique,

      Le téléchargement est exclusivement réservé aux membres enregistrés. Après avoir créé un compte et confirmé votre adresse e-mail, inscrivez-vous et revenez à la page du dessin du Mandala. Un bouton gris ” Download ” (télécharger) devrait alors être disponible. La capture d’écran vous montre à quoi ressemble la page après que je me sois inscrit. Le bouton turquoise vous donnera les détails techniques.

    • ramonawirth EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Dear Mary,
      You can use a translation service such as google translate to try and navigate the websites. Both websites require you to put the pattern into your check out cart and go through the purchasing process, but you won’t be charged anything since the designs are free. I guess they will ask you to make an account in order to get the free designs.

      Kind regards, Ramona

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