Holiday Diamond by
Sue O’Very

Lesson four demonstrates how to:
  • Rotate the embroidery hoop
  • Choose and edit a Monogram border
  • Change the text, fonts and size
  • Add ornaments
  • Optimize the stitch order

Monogramming - Holiday Diamond by Sue O’Very

Hello my Sewing Bees, in today's lesson I'm going to show you how to create a beautiful Holiday-themed Monogram with BERNINA Embroidery Software 9.

Let's have some fun!

Red highlighted words 
They mark a function which is shown in the picture with a red circle.
The circle is sometimes very small, so keep looking for it! 

Monogram Reference

Monogram Reference

You can download this photo as a reference for your monogram design and Sue's original design as a BERNINA Embroidery Software 9 art-file. The art-file can't be used on your embroidery machine. You need to export it on a USB-stick or via the WiFi-Device as a machine file in order to stitch it out. Check Lesson one if you need a reminder how to export a design to your machine.

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From the Beginning

From the Beginning

To start a new design, open the BERNINA Embroidery Software 9. Switch to "Embroidery Canvas" from the Home Screen. Click the hoop symbol in the top right to display the hoop.

Embroidery Hoop Selection

Embroidery Hoop Selection

Change hoop to the Medium size:

> Right click on "Show Hoop/Settings"

Choose Hoop drop down menu

> BERNINA Medium Hoop, 130x100

Make sure Show Hoop is checked.
Click "OK".

The Diamond Border

The Diamond Border

Open the Lettering/Monogramming Toolbox.

> Choose Monogramming

The Monogramming Docker appears on the right. In the Designs Tab, choose the Borders folder in the Categories box.

Use the scroll bar to choose Style10b, the three letters in a diamond.

Editing the Letters

Editing the Letters

In the Monogram Toolbox choose the Letters tab, replace the ABC with the three letters you wish to choose, and select the Style # 4.

Choose the font Flourish Light by clicking on the drop-down arrow and selecting the new font.  

Change the size to 0.90 height by swiping across the measurement below the Font name and entering the new measurement.

> Press the key "Enter" on your PC keyboard to activate the change.

Adding Ornaments

Adding Ornaments

Switch to the Ornaments Tab

> Choose Add
> Select From Design

Select BERNINA 9 Embroidery at the top of the dialog box.

Select Floral and Garden and click on "Open".

Select Tinsel & Holly. Click on "Open".

Under Placement, select the first option and the ornaments will appear on the design screen.

Click on the Advanced bar to open it and change the width to 1.099.

Change the Rotate By value to – 45.

> Press the key "Enter" to activate the change.

Editing the Border

Editing the Border

Select the Borders Tab. Under Outline type, click on the drop-down arrow and choose Pattern Run.

With the monogram selected, choose

> Advanced
> Properties

This will allow you to edit the Pattern run.

Click on the Select button.  

Under Pattern Set, click on the drop-down arrow and choose the NP005a folder.

Choose pattern 660a. Click "OK".

Resize to 0.550 and spacing 0.450.
Click "OK".

Rotating the Hoop

Rotating the Hoop

Deselect the monogram. Enter 90 in the Rotate Hoop box.

> Press the key "Enter" to activate the change.

Reselect the monogram by clicking on it. Resize to fit inside the hoop if needed by selecting the Black Corner Anchors and dragging to a smaller size so that the design fits within the hoop.

Optimizing the Stitch Order

Optimizing the Stitch Order

Deselect. Then hold the "Alt" key and select just the border. Click on color chip # 10 at the bottom.
To change the color of the letters, deselect everything, then hold the "Alt" key and select only the letters.
Click on color chip # 10.

> Save the monogram as Holiday Diamond.

Changing the stitch order

Changing the stitch order

Deselect; then reselect the entire monogram. Go to the Edit Toolbox and select Break Apart.

Deselect the monogram. To change the colors of the design elements of the holly, hold the "Alt" + "Ctrl" keys and select only the swirl elements in Color Film. Change to Color # 37.


Holding the "Ctrl" key on your PC keyboard in combination with a left mouse click will let you add or remove an element from your selection.
Holding the "Alt" key in combination with a left mouse click will let you choose a single element,
even if it belongs to a group. The other elements of the group will not be selected.

Should the whole group be selected despite holding the "Alt" key, then use the function "Break Apart" in the V9 software and try again.

Holding the "Ctrl" + "Alt" keys in combination with a left mouse click will therefore let you add or remove single elements to your selection,
even if they belong to a group.

Deselect. Hold the "Alt" + "Ctrl" keys and select the leaves in Color Film. Change to Color # 32.

Hold the "Alt" + "Ctrl" keys and select the berries in Color Film. Change the berries to the Color # 10.

Open the Menu "Design"

> Optimize Color Changes.
> Click "OK" in the dialog box to accept the changes.

In order to reduce the color changes to 2, select the first object in Color Film and select the Move to End.

Open the Menu "File"

> Save as "Holiday Diamond Broken Apart"
> Send the design to your machine by exporting to a USB stick with Card/Machine Write or via WiFi with Send to BERNINA WiFi Device.

End of Lesson Four

End of Lesson Four

Are you ready for the next lesson?
I will show you how to add an alphabet with your new Keyboard Design Collection feature of the BERNINA Embroidery Software 9 DesignerPlus!

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