This repository was created to encourage users to create and modify stitches on their Bernina sewing machines and to share them with their fellow Bernina owners 🙂
You don’t need a fancy TOL 790/790+ or 880 to use the built in Stitch Designer, instead you can download the Bernina 790 or 880 simulators (PC-only) and modify stitches directly on your PC. Working on the PC is actually better than since you can use the mouse instead of the stylus. The custom stitches from the simulator can then be transferred to all modern 9mm Bernina sewing machines that have a USB port including the new 5 series (570/590) the 7 series (740/770/790), the 880 and even the new 4 series.
I’m working on an automated upload system but for now you can simply email me your stitches and I will manually add them to the repository (and give you credit 😉Please include your name and a brief description of the stitch, any specific hints or tips to make it sew out properly, and if possible a photo of the sewn stitch.
Water Drop v1.0
Sashiko Roman v1.0 (7 stitch pack)
4 Leaf Clover v1.0
Bernina 438 Special
Sheriff Star v1.0
Sashiko Classic (coming soon)
Sashiko Ranch (coming soon)
Installation Instructions :
- Download one of the stitch files or packs above to your computer.
- If the stitch is part of a pack, extract the individual .exp files from the compressed zip.
- Copy the .exp stitch file(s) to a USB key
- Turn on your Bernina sewing machine and plug in the USB key.
- Go to your Personal/Favorites/Hearts folder, then click the small left arrow to expand the dialog box :
- Select Open Pattern :
- Select the USB key option next to the sewing machine icon :
- Select the stitchyou want to load :
- After loading your stitch, the file is still on your USB key, it’s a good idea to same the stitch immediately to one of your 4 Personal Folders.
- You must repeat this process for each individual stitch, so if you are installing one of the stitch packs, you will have to repeat the process for each included .exp file.
Download Bandaid v1.1.zip
Update February 23, 2019 : I updated this stitch to 1.1 to fix a problem with the original stitch. There were a couple of stitches that were too close together + a misplaced triple stitch segment that could cause the stitch to hangup and “get caught” sewing in place causing a thread knot. Apologies to anyone who may have had this problem with the original stitch.
This is a great little decorative stitch you can use to patch small holes in your jeans or other clothing. The best way to use is to first repair the hole with the darning program, and then cover it with the bandaid stitch. This stitch comes as a 2 stitch pack that includes bandaid “end pieces” to sew seperately to form an X (see images below). It includes beginning and end tie downs so you do not have to add them yourself.
Tip : like the darning program this stitch works best with the automatic button hole foot 3A.
Tip : Use the “i” setting to specify a stitch count of 1, or press the “Pattern End” button before starting the stitch to sew a single band-aid.
Tip : Test the stitch FIRST on a similar piece of fabric . This stitch uses a Tatami fill that is relatively tight and depending on the fabric and stabiliser used it could sew too tightly and sew on itself and create a thread knot. If this happens simply lengthen the stitch to an appropriate length.
Installation Instructions in the Bernina Repository
Sample stitch out using default settings and Schmetz Microtex 70/10 needle.
This stitch pack for 9mm Bernina sewing machines contains the 7 classic Roman Numerals sewn as a triple run stitch with 0.5mm connecting stitches. These stitches are perfect for patching worn out jeans or adding a decorative “Sashiko look” and are best sewn using WHITE thread. The very short connecting stitches help them disappear into the fabric making the triple stitched Roman Numerals appear to be sewn individually. As a finishing touch you can use a dark blue fabric pen to make the connecting stitches disappear completely.
To use these stitches, first download the compressed zip file below and extract the 7 individual .exp stitch files to a USB key. Then transfer them to your Bernina sewing machine by saving the 7 stitches to one of your 4 Favorite/Heart folders.
These stitches are best used in Combi mode using the “+” button like shown below and can be combined with tie-downs between each stitch to make them even more secure.
Download stitch pack – Sashiko Roman V1
I made a few simili Sashiko stitches in the Bernina stitch designer and wow – enormous potential!
These are the original versions I quickly stitched out without considering pattern direction and appear a little sloppy but show so much potential!
And today I finally got around to improving the stitch design significantly and did a quick test on an old pair of jeans I was about to trash.
I combined the stitches a bit haphazardly but I’m very happy with how they turned out. Next time I’ll plan it out more carefully and try to reproduce a classic Sashiko pattern.