Embird & the Silhouette Cameo

Embird and the Silhouette Cameo

Have you purchased the Silhouette Cameo or are considering purchasing it?
The Silhouette Cameo is a small plotter which very cleverly cuts out all sorts of media including quilting cotton fabric extremely well. If you create machine embroidered appliqué and you have ever used or considered Cutwork needles then this is the machine for you. If you love appliqué using quilting cottons or 100% cotton fabrics then you’ll be amazed at what a breeze it is to produce your appliqué quickly and extremely cleanly. The appliqué pieces are cut out very quickly and cleanly with no ragged edges.

And the good news is that you can create an appliqué design in Studio and then send the information to the Silhouette Cameo software, which will then cut out your appliqué pieces. You can also take an existing appliqué design that you’ve purchased, and from Studio send the information to the Silhouette software and it will also cut out the appliqué pieces.

And even better news, with a few clicks of the mouse you can take a pre-digitised design from Embird Editor and Manager and send it to the Cameo Software in order to cut the appliqué pieces. You don’t even need to own Embird Studio.

In this small tutorial you will be guided through three different step-by-step lessons showing you how to create your own appliqué design in Embird and the Silhouette software, right through to your machine.
The first lesson is in Studio and then from the Silhouette Cameo software. Carolyn will then take you through the appliqué process right through to your machine and stitching.The second lesson is also in Studio but this time using a purchased appliqué design. Carolyn will take you right through the process including in the Cameo software and then to your machine.

The third lesson shows you how to open a purchased appliqué design in Embird Editor and Manager and then with a few clicks of the mouse, take it to the Silhouette software and then through to your machine. You do not need Embird Studio for this process.

Included with this tutorial are two appliqué designs which have been generously donated by Sweet Heirloom from their Appliqué Tropical Fish Collection.


Also included is a Snowflake Fairy which was kindly donated by Ananda at Ananda’s Divine Designs.

Both are for your own personal use with this tutorial.

On a personal note, Carolyn owns both the Cutwork needles and software and also the Silhouette Cameo and software. If she had known about the Silhouette Cameo before she purchased the Cutwork needles she would never have purchased the Cutwork Needles and software. Carolyn is so impressed with the Cameo and you have a dedicated machine for cutting appliqué rather than your embroidery machine cutting the pieces. So much better and so much quicker!

Note: The Silhouette Cameo is not available through Secrets. You can find out more about it at this site Silhouette America or purchase it from craft stores in your area.


Applique and Accuquilt Go Cutter

Embird Studio, Applique from Pre-cut Shapes & the Accuquilt Go Cutter

Do you love appliqué? Maybe you love appliqué but stitching the shapes at the sewing machine means that you need to be really accurate with your stitching. As you know this is a time consuming task.

Wouldn’t it be great to have the appliqué shapes stitch on your embroidery machine while you either watched the machine stitch or you did other sewing or another job?

In this latest lesson for creating appliqué objects in Embird Studio Carolyn takes you through opening an image accurately at the original size in Studio and then creating accurate appliqué shapes to stitch at your machine. You no longer need to place fabric squares and then trim after the tackdown stitches in the hoop in this lesson. Carolyn will show you an entirely different method.

You’ll have all the shapes cut beforehand and with your digitising skills in Studio you’ll create embroidery objects to match those shapes exactly. It’s quick and easy.

As well as showing you how to create accurate shapes and embroideries to match Carolyn also demonstrates the Accuquilt Go Cutter in this lesson – but the Go Cutter is not an essential accessory in order to use this lesson as Carolyn explains the same method when using appliqué shapes cut by hand.

The image below is a quilt from the PS I Love You book series that Carolyn made for her grandson. This quilt is easily replicated using the method taught in Carolyn’s latest lesson.

Save the shapes when completed and they’ll always be ready for future projects. They can be then edited, added to with shading etc. and made into fantastic new projects.


This is a fun way to create appliqué and you’ll be sure to wonder why you ever did appliqué any other way.

If you do use an Accuquilt cutter and dies then there is no longer any need to purchase pre-digitised designs for your shapes. You can make your own and personalise them whichever way suits the project that you’re working on, thus saving yourself money as well.

This Embird tutorial is a 25 page document in pdf format available for immediate download. You can also order it for use with PE-Design if you prefer.

“Hi Carolyn, I just looked at the costumes you made for your grandchildren and I am so impressed.  How lucky they are to have you for a grandmother.  A few years ago, I made the Dallas Cowboy’s cheerleader outfit for one of my college age granddaughters.  I used the Embird Studio shapes to create embroidered stars.  I then appliques the stars to the vest.  It was quite realistic.”



Digitizing with Studio

Carolyn Keber has designed a series of Beginner’s Guides to Embird Studio. The lessons have been taken from her full Embird Digitizing Studio Tutorial and adapted for sale on an individual basis.

These lessons are suited to those who are not already familiar with Carolyn’s lessons and would like to “try before they buy” the full tutorial, or for those who just wish to learn specific functions of the program.

Anyone who purchases the lessons available on this page and then wishes to upgrade to the full Embird Digitizing Studio Tutorial, will receive a credit of up to $10* off the price of the 780 page downloadable ebook.

Simply purchase the full Studio tutorial then contact the Secrets Office with your order number to request your $10* credit. This credit will be given in My Secrets Dollars that you can spend anywhere on the Secrets of Embroidery website.

*The maximum credit given will be $10 or the cost of your purchased tutorial(s) from this page if they total less than $10. This offer is only available when paying the full price for the Studio downloadable tutorial, it is not available with any other special offers.

Learning Studio Lesson 1 – Creating Shapes with the Fill Tool

In this handy 15 page lesson, Carolyn shows you how to create a basic shape using the shapes menu and how to use the available tools to create objects for designs.

She provides very clear and indepth instructions with plenty of images to help you learn to set the hoop size, set parameters, place nodes, generate stitches, save a design, and create a fill object manually.


Learning Studio Lesson 2 – Creating a Design using an Image as a Template

In this lesson an image is imported into Embird Studio, and, using the image as a template, a design is created using the Embird Studio tools.

This tutorial consists of 31 pages and covers the use of the Fill Tool and the Outline Tool to create a Border object for the umbrella design.

Follow along with Carolyn as she takes you through this lesson step by step and by the end of the lesson you will have created your own design ready to stitch.


Learning Studio Lesson 3 – The Easter Egg Lesson

In this lesson Carolyn takes you through the steps on how to make an Easter egg design from an image.  She will show you how to use several tools in the process and explain the stitch settings for each of them.

This tutorial is a 20 page pdf document written in Carolyn Keber’s clear, concise, step-by-step style.  Enjoy making your own impressive Easter egg designs while learning more about the essential tools of Embird Studio v6.


Learning Studio Lesson 4 – The Fill, Hole and Carving Tools Lesson

In this lesson Carolyn explains all about the Fill Tool and its Parameters. There are plenty of options available when you use the Fill Tool, now you can learn how to use them.You will learn about Auto Column and Motif stitches as well as explanations of the stitch settings (Parameters) for the objects created with the Fill Tool.Scaling:Carolyn also takes you through how to use the Hole Tool and Carving Tool as well. Learn all about Density, Pull Compensation, Underlay settings and much more. You will also learn how to use the Effects option and the Gradient option in Parameters.

This lesson is an 80 page document in .pdf format.


Learning Studio Lesson 5 – The Outline, Manual, Connection and Auto-Outline Tools

In this latest Embird Studio lesson Carolyn takes you through the tools such as the Outline Tool, the Manual Tool, the Connection Tool and the Auto-Outline Tool. In this 82 page lesson Carolyn shows you how to use each of these tools and explains the settings for them and then takes you through a lesson demonstrating how to use them and the options available.

The Outline Tool has quite a few options available – such as converting an outline to a satin stitch quickly, using the outline to create a border pattern or even using the outline tool to make an appliqué object. You will be amazed at all the options you have available when using the Outline Tool.

Carolyn covers the Manual Tool as well and shows you a design where the Manual Stitch has been cleverly used to add lovely accent detail to the design.

Also covered is a lesson using the Connection Tool where Carolyn explains how to use the Connection Tool, where to place the path for the Connection Tool and much more.

As well you will find a lesson using the Outline Tool to create an appliqué design.

The Outline is great for creating appliqué designs quickly and easily as Studio adds the Marking and Tackdown lines automatically. Follow along with Carolyn in this lesson while she takes you through all the options for these Tools.

Also included are lessons which include a demonstration of the Auto-Outline Tool which will be available in the next release of Embird Studio. This is a very clever tool and it will be widely appreciated as it will make creating outlines very simple – at last!


Embossing in Embird Studio Tutorial

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at creating Embossed designs? In this Embird Studio lesson Carolyn teaches you, in her usual step by step manner, how to create an embossed design using one of the Studio commands to quickly and simply create your own designs. You will be amazed at how easily you can quickly create your own designs.

Embossed designs are usually found on items with a pile such as fleece, polar fleece, velvet or toweling. You can create and personalize a number of Home Décor items using this easy method.

As well as teaching you how to create your own embossed designs Carolyn also demonstrates how to hoop your fabric and finish the embroidery. Follow along with this lesson and you will be embossing in no time at all.

This tutorial is a 25 page document in pdf format. Included are the designs that Carolyn created as well as the images required for the lesson.


Fonts & Text

Exporting Designs as Images for use with Text

A New Method (for Embird 2010 & above)

Carolyn has written an 11 page lesson on how to export an embroidery design as an image and then use it in Embird Text to help align lettering.

This is a new way of viewing an embroidery image as a template in Embird Text. Follow along with Carolyn as she explains in her usual step by step method how to create an image from an embroidery design and then use it as a template in the Text Menu. It’s quick and easy.


How to Create Lettering for Caps 

(for Studio V5 & above)
A free tutorial for newsletter subscribers from My Secrets.

This video shows you how to change the sewing order, used for lettering on caps. Caps stitch in a manner that a line of stitching starts to stitch in the center of a cap and then stitches backwards towards the left side.

Once finished the machine would then move back to the center once more and then complete the stitching by stitching to the right.


Creating Single Line Text in Studio V4

A free tutorial for newsletter subscribers from My Secrets.

Have you ever wished that you could create a nice single line text to embroider on your garments or objects? Perhaps the text options available through Embird fonts just dont create the right lettering type, but you really like the style itself.

There are not alot of options available for single line text, but in this lesson Carolyn will show you how to easily create your own text with the outline style of your choice, using the Embird Text as a template.


Altering Fills for True Type Fonts

(for Embird 2004 & above)
A free tutorial for newsletter subscribers from My Secrets.

This lesson you will learn how to create a pretty design using True Type Fonts & Font Engine and then how to alter the fill of that design in Embird Editor.


Smart Reverse Stitches

(for Embird 2006 & above)
A free tutorial for newsletter subscribers from My Secrets.

This tutorial shows you a very simple, easy way to reverse stitches when you have multiple lines of text to stitch in a single design.

Reverse stitching is when every alternate line of lettering is reversed to prevent the embroidery machine making such long jump stitches to repeatedly move from right to left to restart the line of stitching.


Reverse Stitches 

(for Embird 2004 & above)
A free tutorial for newsletter subscribers from My Secrets.

In this tutorial you will learn how to reverse the stitches in Embird Editor, painlessly.

The order of stitches is reversed in text so that alternate lines of lettering can be reversed to prevent the embroidery machine making such long jump stitches to return to the beginning of a line of stitching.


Images & Vectors

Thinking Outside the Square 

(for Embird Studio V5 & above)
A free tutorial for newsletter subscribers from My Secrets.

Work along with Carolyn as she uses Embird Studio and MS Paint to draw all the pieces needed for a sewing pattern, with all the grade rules marked on the image.

Carolyn found she didnt need all the fancy drawing software, and could instead use Embird Studio and MS Paint to easily create what she needed. She certainly thought “Outside the Square” for the use of Embird Studio.


Changing Designs to Images

(for Embird 2006 & above)
A free tutorial for newsletter subscribers from My Secrets.

This lesson shows you how to change embroidery designs into usable images.

You will learn how to remove the jump stitches that show in 3D mode, so you can export a perfect 3D image of your embroidery. This image can be used in various ways, to print out on letterheads, cards etc.


Creating Vectors with Xara Xtreme

(for Studio V4 & above)
A free tutorial for newsletter subscribers from My Secrets.

Embird Studio has the ability to import Vector Graphic Files and then convert them into instant embroiodery designs. Vector files are graphics files that consist of lines and curves. Most vector files that are available for downloaded have not been created with the intention of turning them into embroidery designs, and the results are not always the best when stitching out.

Xara Xtreme is a really good program for creating your own vector files. In this lesson Carolyn shows you to easy it is to use some of the tools in Xara and turn that graphic into a deisgn in Embird Studio.