The Mirror-Merge Tool

The Mirror-Merge Tool

Perfectly mirrored shapes with Sue O’Very-Pruitt

Lesson seven demonstrates how to:
  • Use the Instant Auto-Digitize tool
  • Change the stitch type
  • Rotate a selected shape
  • Use the Mirror-Merge tool

Mirror-Merge: Creating a Tear Drop Pattern with Sue O’Very-Pruitt

Hello my Sewing Bees, in today's lesson I'm going to show you just how to create a tear drop pattern with the Mirror-Merge tool, a feature of the 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! 
 

Tear Drop Reference

Tear Drop Reference

You can download this graphic as a reference for your tear drop 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.

Download Reference
From the beginning

From the beginning

Open BERNINA Embroidery Software 9 and switch to "Embroidery Canvas". Change the hoop size to the BERNINA Large Oval Hoop, 255x145. I demonstrated how to change the hoop size in lessons 1-4 if you need a reminder of the detailed process.

Insert Artwork

Insert Artwork

Select the icon for Insert Artwork.
Navigate to the location of the saved Artwork. Select the tear drop image.
Click on "Open".

Auto Digitizing

Auto Digitizing

Open the Auto-Digitize Toolbox and select Instant Auto-Digitize. The Tear Drop is now a fill stitch.

Select the white area of the image on the design screen. Press the key "Delete" on your keyboard. 

Editing the Shape

Editing the Shape

Reselect the image. On the Outlines Toolbar at the bottom left, select Single Outline/Settings to change the fill Tear Drop to a single outline.

While the Tear Drop is still selected, select Rotate Left 45º in the toolbar at the top.

The Mirror-Merge Tool

The Mirror-Merge Tool

Open Mirror-Merge Toolbox. Select the Mirror-Merge Horizontal & Vertical option.

Drag mouse onto the Design Screen. Click to set the design when the points of the tear drop just meet in the middle.

Activate Show Objects icon to reveal the 4 Tear Drops. Select all the objects with the key combination "Ctrl + A".

Open the Edit Toolbox and select Branching.

Set the entry and exit points at the center of the tear drop. Revisit lesson 6 "the new Branching tool" if you want to know more about this step. Notice the four Tear Drops turned into one continuous object in Color Film. 

Resize the design to fit within the hoop by selecting the design and clicking and dragging on a corner resizing handle (a black square). Release the mouse and the design is resized to fit into the hoop.

Open the Menu "File"
> Save as "Mirror Merge Tear Drop".
> 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.

After saving this Mirror/Merge configuration, repeat the steps to play with a couple other options, like Reflect and Wreath. Change colors, stitch type, resize, save as desired.

End of Lesson Seven

End of Lesson Seven

Are you ready for the next lesson?
I will show you how to create a needle cusion design, using the new Weld tool of the BERNINA Embroidery Software 9!

Coming Soon!