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Bernina World of Sewing Toolbox Example June 2020 Raleigh NC

Note This example is a work-in-progress. I am choosing to show the example here as I develop the example for this Web page. If you are not interested in viewing a work-in-progress, just leave this Web page and return here sometime when this note is removed (the example will, then, be completed from my point of view).

The file (design) we want to work with has been digitized outside-of-Toolbox and then Imported into Toolbox. We have seen the Toolbox "Import" done in other examples and will not get into that, here.

This example will not discuss the digitizing of the example's "designs". If you are new to such: There are many options for you - including services "via the Web" one-time charge or "free" applications. As is usual with Web applications/use: Be careful/cautious when dealing with "Web-companies" and try to deal with a trusted source. Another option for digitizing is to use an application that YOU own -- such as BERNINA V8 Software. For this example, I digitized one design, using three approaches:

  1. Digitize the original 10"-wide design.
  2. Modify the original 10"-wide design to be a 2 1/2" wide design - and, digitize the 2 1/2"-wide design.
  3. "Break" the 2 1/2"-wide design into three separate parts (in my case: "Top", "Middle" and "Bottom" non-text parts of the design and, then, digitize those three parts.

Here is the 10"-wide design used for this example -
Pre-Digitized; in JPG format (click on the following to see in a larger-sized image).

Now, we "work a bit" within the design; beginning with the digitized full-size design.

First: Let's see what we might do with Colors. (Yes, we know the visual display of the colors does not actually affect what is done on the stitched-design; what color thread the embroidery-machine-user chooses at stitch-out time is the deciding factor. However, we can get a "preview' of the planned/desired colors while in ToolBox and, possibly choose to do something about the stitches themselves. The then-passed-onto the embroidery machine and user will contain information to make stitching-decisions easier. At least, that is the general idea.... Remember, I am a "webmaster" and by no means an embroidery expert!

  • Select the design to be used for this example.
  • See the colors currently "used" within the chosen design -
    and, which stiches are using that color.

    Become familiar with the colors and the overall design.

  • See if one or more colors, if changed, would fit a modified design.
  • Use "Undo" if wished/needed.
  • Decide, if the file was modified as desired, whether to Export the file to a PC/Computer/USB Stick.
  • The exported file will be in EXP format and will be accompanied by information about your chosen colors/stitches. Of course, the actual machine/person at stitched-out time an ignore/override the EXP "information".

    Also, the exported EXP could, when it is brought into the embroidery machine, be modified there. Depending up on the embroidery machine: A LOT of changes could be easily made before stitch-time.

  • Return to Toolbox (the currently-worked on design will be saved and will replace the same-named file within Toolbox.

(Clicking on any of the following images will show that image in large-size).

Toolbox getting started. The most-recently-used files are shown at the top-left (by default).

Check the design description to confirm that it is the file you are looking for.... This one is 10.2" x 5.3". We use it!

Decide if you want to use a different filename. Not a bad idea.... However, in my case I save most "critical" original files on a PC/computer or USB stick. That is my choice... You, certainly, have your own approach for "file management". The filename you specify/use here comes into play when you (after modification/etc. within the next Toolbox steps) are finished and you return to this Toolbox panel. The file that you are working on in subsequent edit/etc. steps WILL be saved "here" and the "original" tile/design that you start-out-with here WILL be changed. OK! Makes sense....

The design is presented and we can now use Toolbox to view/modify the file/design. For this example, we are going to look-at / modify colors and we click on that option.

Just two Colors used. Reminder... The colors are "just" for design info. At stitch time? Actual stitched design will be whatever the machine/"operator" uses at stitch-time. The "info" within the (in our example Toolbox-exported EXP) is just "guidance".

Clicking on the top first-shown color brings to the forefront that color and the stitches to be used.

Clicking on the next-shown color, once again brings to the forefront that color and the stitches to be used.

Clicking on the art-pallete for a color shows a panel where a color can be selected which would replace the current color (for all the stitches used for that color). Scrolling shown the many color options available.

After scrolling around a bit, we decide to see what a Yellow could look like (in this example: The Yellow threads/stitches are below the panel).

We opted to not use the Yellow - so, we "Undo" - and the previous operation is cancelled.

Actually, we "Undo" everything (for this example) before returning ("exiting") this manipulation process. In this example, I did not (at start-time of this process) use a different name for the process -- so, returning will "replace" that which I started with... however, as I used "Undo" -- nothing, actually HAD been changed.

Clicking on the Return arrow will bring us back to the main Toolbox panel.

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