Fantastic news for Embird on the way..

The latest news from the Embird camp is that there is to be quite a revamp of Embird. The news that a lot of you have been waiting for forever is that the Embird people are now intending Embird to also work on the Mac platform as well as tablets and Android devices! Do I hear collective cheering???

I am one of those folk who have installed Embird on my Mac but I also have Fusions as well in order to run Embird. As you know you have to also then install Windows in Fusions or Bootcamp just so that you can use Embird. To be honest, I’ve always thought that this was an enormous pain in the neck. I am an impatient person and I hated waiting around for both Fusion and then Windows to load on my Mac and then going through the rigmarole of using Embird. So in the end I bought a cheap Windows laptop just for my embroidery and Embird and removed Fusion, Windows and Embird from my Mac. Extreme probably, but I just couldn’t be bothered. I’m now a happy camper!

But even more happy to think that I will soon be able to run Embird on my Mac without having to “jump through hoops”.

Happy with that news????

Yay, I am!    

Digitizing for Different Hoops

I want to digitize a design and save it for different hoop sizes – 4×4, 5×7, 6×10, but not have to re-digitize each time.  How would I do that?  I have been trying to use transform, but my work space doesn’t get bigger when I change the hoop size so I don’t know  what I could be doing wrong. Lynn

Hi Lynn,
In Embird Studio, if you wish to change the hoop to a larger size after you’ve started digitising then you need to select your design and then go to Edit/Copy. Now go to Design/New. Select a bigger hoop size and then go to Edit/ Copy. Your design will now be in the larger hoop.
I hope that helps, Carolyn Keber Tutorials for Embird and PE Design

Transferring Designs to Machine Using Embird

If your Brother or Babylock machine is connected to your computer via a USB cable, you can send your designs directly to your machine using Embird, just the same way as you would if you were writing designs to a USB stick.
First make sure your machine is on, then with the design selected, right mouse click and choose Input/output operations/USB stick. Embird “sees” the machine as another drive so that’s why you use the same command. Then just write the files to that drive. It’s that easy… 🙂
Carolyn Keber
Author of Embird and PE Design Tutorials

A fantastic use of Embird

If you’ve read my last blog post you will see that I entered the Australasian Sewing Guild competition a month ago. As well as my entries there were some fabulous other entries.. In fact all the entries in the sewing competition were fabulous. It was hard to decide which was the best. But the photos I’m including here are of a very special dress. This dress won the Daywear section. I thought that you’d like to see it as the ferns on the dress were created in Embird Studio.

And here is a close up photo of the ferns.

Aren’t they awesome? Louise Sparrow from Australia created these ferns in her Embird studio software. Silver ferns are a very New Zealand “thing” and as our brief for the competition was Natural with a Kiwi twist I think that she made a fantastic job of her dress. Not only was her dress really classy, and beautifully made but she made great use of Embird to create her version of a Kiwi Twist.

Just think what you can do with Embird when you think outside the square. Not only can you create regular embroidery designs but you can make really classy garments and embellish them like Louise did without making them look like they came out of a tourist shop. There really is no limit to what you can do……

Well done Louise. And thank you for providing me with the photos and allowing me to write about your beautiful dress.

I’m back again…blogging….

It’s been such a long time since I have written on my blog. I cannot believe that its been five months. So much has happened since then.
Embird has released a newer version than when I last blogged back in May which has given us more options and some great new features. One of the really good new features will be great if you do a lot of lettering for embroidery. If you own great embroidered lettering you have in the past only been able to use that lettering if you treated it just like a regular embroidery designs. You had to merge every letter and rearrange them in your hoop in order to be able to use them. But now, if you own Font Engine as well, you can use those embroidery lettering files. All you need to do is go to Insert in Editor and select the command Insert Ready Made Alphabet text. Select the folder to add from where your alphabets are kept and start typing……so much fun…..You can do all the usual things in the Layout screen, like changing the Baseline to a circle etc. But the only catch is that you need to own Font Engine! Now, can you think of a better reason not to purchase Font Engine?

I’m not sure if I mentioned this before or not but this year I joined the Australasian Sewing Guild Auckland Group. I have met such a lovely bunch of ladies – as well as one gentleman – who all sew. We meet once a month and sometimes take our machines and sometimes we do something else. Its been such fun. As luck would have it I managed to join them the year when the Annual Convention was being held here in Auckland. I decided very early on to attend the convention ( October 2013) as they had such a great list of classes to attend. There was a lot of work involved in organising and hosting the convention here in Auckland but the folk in our Guild did a tremendous amount of work and a wonderful time was had by all. I loved the Fabric Tour that we did mid week. I came back with bags of fabric and sewing needs. I needed them all…. 🙂 I also loved my classes – both of them on creating pattern blocks – one a trouser block and the other a bodice block. The classes covered four days from 8.30 am to 5 pm. Being back in class after 45 years made the brain work harder but I thoroughly enjoyed it all. I came away with a trouser block which fits perfectly and also a bodice top that fits my post menopausal figure….I was very happy with the outcome. I must say that we were also feed magnificently and the organisation was fantastic. Our sponsors for the event were Bernina and they did a magnificent job as well. All the machines that we hired for the convention were Bernina’s. How good is that?

Earlier in the year I made my grandsons some winter coats and I showed them to Carol, who works at my local Bernina store. She said to me that I should enter the Guilds Convention Sewing Challenge. I was rather dubious as (like us all) I didn’t think I sewed well enough to enter a competition. However Carol encouraged me to give it a go so I decided that I would. I entered two categories – the Daywear Challenge and the Convention Collection. For Daywear I had to enter 1-2 garments and for the Collection I had to enter 5-8 garments, all co-ordinating. All garments had to be made of natural fibres and had to have a “Kiwi twist”….That’s challenge enough for anyone in my humble opinion! 🙂
Anyway I set to and decided what I would make and entered the competition. It was worth entering as there were three Bernina machines up for prizes and a Horn sewing cabinet – for a first time entrant.

I made a lovely bright pink wool coat lined with multi coloured pinks and grey silk lining for my daughter with a brown wool dress lined with orange silk for the Daywear Challenge. The coat and dress represented the beautiful rhododendrons at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth where Julie ran her first marathon this year. The outfit looked lovely on her. Sadly I don’t have a photo of them on her yet! But here’s the next best thing –

Then I made a wool pinafore lined in pale green silk, a green coat lined with pale green silk, a merino long sleeved T’shirt, a wool skirt lined in the same green silk, and a merino cardigan for my grand-daughter, aged 2 1/2. They represented my view of Auckland. The city skyscape, grey and moody at times, the beaches with paua shell and the green of the Titirangi hills where I live. Once again, no photos with them wearing them but I do have photos of the garments.

The coat has pale green silk lining and I cut all the paua shells to the size of sequins and hand stitched them on the coat.

I created the skyline of Auckland City in my Embird Studio software and then appliqued it on using my Bernina 830 and the jumbo hoop. two hoopings.

This was an Ottobre pattern which I hand sewed on the pearls and the jade, including the jade for mock buttons.

Also an Ottobre pattern made in pale green 100% merino
And lastly, the skirt

Again, its an Ottobre pattern (love those patterns) which I lined with the same pale green silk fabric.

I was pretty happy with the clothes that I had made but having them judged in a competition was an entirely different matter. On the Fashion Parade evening my daughter Julie and my wee grand-daughter Casey came along to model the clothes. I was dubious about Casey walking across a stage in front of an audience and was worried that she might cry, as it was way past her bed time. However, she loved the attention and I think she stole the show. She not only walked across the stage once but asked if she could go again. I think she liked all the clapping from the audience! The compere told her to come across again but when she asked for a third time I told her that she had had enough. After all there were other people waiting to parade their creations as well. 🙂

Then all the entrants had to come up on stage for prize giving….How nerve wracking is that??? Well, to cut a very long story short- I was Runner up in the Daywear section for Julie’s outfit, winner of the Convention Collection for Casey’s garments and the winner of the First Time Entrant category. I came away with a beautiful Bernina sewing machine AND a Horn Sewing Cabinet! I was so happy I couldn’t sleep that night…..