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with Cookie Gaynor
Online Class

Digitizing Machine Embroidery Designs

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Bring your ideas to life on fabric with Cookie's expert lessons on manually digitizing embroidery designs. You'll learn how to turn your own drawings, digital art and even photos into stitch patterns for your embroidery machine. Cookie uses Bernina and Brother software to demonstrate, but the tools she uses can easily translate to most embroidery machines' software. You'll practice creating and modifying a simple redwork ribbon, then move on to fill shapes. You'll learn about embellishing appliqué with multiple stitch types and try your hand at shaded floral art. Downloadable design files are included for practice!


  • intermediate
  • 9 episodes
  • 3h0m

Included in this Class

1. Meet Cookie Gaynor & Get Started

1. Meet Cookie Gaynor & Get Started

Meet Cookie Gaynor and learn digitizing basics.

2. The Running Stitch Tool

2. The Running Stitch Tool

With Cookie's compassionate instruction, you'll master the running stitch tool.

3. Creating a Redwork Design

3. Creating a Redwork Design

Learn to create a redwork design.

Recommended with this class

  • Machine embroidery software with digitizing capability for creating your own original designs that supports one of the following file types: ART50, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, SEW, VIP and XXX (please note that some software brands don't come with a digitizing feature, and will require an additional plug-in at an additional cost)
  • Embroidery machine that has a hoop with a minimum size of 4" x 4" (100 mm x 100 mm)
  • Embroidery polyester 40-weight thread in assorted colors
  • Tear-away stabilizer