The Bernina 780 – Christmas Mantlepiece Decoration

Note:  The winner of the previous giveaway is ikceb.  I’ll be back with another giveaway later this week. 
Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!  I saved this post especially for this day.  I wanted to show you how to make a festive mantlepiece decoration using PaintWork and embroidery.
I thought this Christmas card design would be a perfect vehicle for that exploration.  There were certain elements that led themselves to embroidery.

While other elements lent themselves to the delicate look of PaintWork.  What is PaintWork?  I’m glad you asked!  PaintWork is the added tool that allows the Bernina 780 to paint with textile pens!!!!  Yes, you heard correctly.  This machine can paint!  (Actually, with this tool so can the 580 and the 830 – I tried it on the 580 that I used to sew Modern Holiday and it worked great!)

So I digitized some of the elements in DesignWorks – the snowflakes and the branches in particular.

I fused the completed design on heavyweight interfacing and added a border and binding for a quick Christmas mantlepiece decoration. For more details, watch the video.

Happy sewing and very merry Christmas!

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4 thoughts on “The Bernina 780 – Christmas Mantlepiece Decoration

  1. That is a beautiful piece. I need to figure out how to use my computer and machine embroideries, would love to make quilted cards for next year.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.


  2. that is really cool! Merry Christmas!

  3. It's beautiful! I'd love to upgrade my Bernina to be able to do this. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. I have been trying SO HARD to ignore the new Designworks software! This is because I am still scratching the surface — barely — of the Designer Plus embroidery software and when I overload on too many toys and gadgets that I don't have time to use I feel so guilty about it… I honestly wish the Designworks was an "add-on" or upgrade to the embroidery software, because I can always justify "upgrading to the most current version." 😉 Seriously, though — I feel like it's taken me years and I've still not come close to mastering embroidery software, so the thought of having to learn a completely different software is overwhelming. What you've shown with Cutwork and this painting thing are REALLY cool, though. How would you compare the learning curve on Designworks to the learning curve on the Artista embroidery software? Does anything carry over from one software to the other, and can you import your embroidery design into Designworks to add paint/crystals and vice-versa, or do you have to create separate design files and put them together at the sewing machine?

    Merry Christmas!

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