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Digitizing Scout

November 9, 2015

I drive a Bernina 730. It is the most amazing sewing machine I have ever owned, used, or imagined owning/using. I love this machine. Honestly.

When I bought this baby (used at my local Bernina dealer,) I wasn’t really in the market for a new sewing machine. I was just kinda sorta interested in machine embroidery, and I was trying to figure out how much I would have to spend to get a machine that did some embroidery. A friend of mine suggested I check out a Bernina. I said, “There’s no way I can afford a Bernina.” She talked me into visiting our local store and checking out the used 730 that was for sale. So I stopped by the store, test drove the used 730, and somehow found a way to afford my Bernina. And…it’s the best money I ever spent! Seriously.

So you know how it goes–once you get the machine, you want to get all the feet, attachments, bells, and whistles that go with it. Now mind you, I have shown restraint, considerable restraint, but last year I did buy the Bernina embroidery software. One year later, I am still learning how to use this software. It’s definitely going to take me a while to master this thing because there is so much that it can do. There is a LOT to learn. For now, I am working on digitizing photos, and that is why I decided to digitize Scout.

I started with this photo:

2015-05-09 09.53.17Using my favorite online photo-editor, Picmonkey, I cropped the photo and then used the “Posterize” effect to limit the number of colors in the graphic.

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I then used the Bernina software to remove the background.

1111scoutAfter limiting the colors even further, I converted the image to embroidery and transferred the pattern to my machine. Then, the embroidery began:

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Here’s how she turned out. I’m not in love with the colors–I could have done better here, but I decided to work with the thread in my stash. The gray and white don’t look completely right, but overall, it does look like Scout and that’s a win as far as I’m concerned.

2015-05-31 13.00.58It’s almost impossible to tell which is which!! Now I guess I need to digitize Louise. I’m also kinda thinking about digitizing a picture of my husband and making a pillow. It would be so bizarre, it would be completely awesome. It would be a stitch!!

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One Comment
  1. Great photos on your digitizing process. I’ve seen them demonstrate the software in the stores. Kudos to you for sticking with it!

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