So you’ve got a BERNINA Cutwork tool – but you have no idea how to go about using it to cut your appliqué shapes.
The steps you need to take fall into two categories – preparation and cutting.
Step 1: Load the cutwork design into your BERNINA embroidery machine
Step 2: Load a piece of crisp tearaway stabilizer into your hoop. This could be OESD Heavyweight Tearaway or Floriani Medium Tearaway.
Step 3: Stitch color #1 – a placement line showing you where to position the appliqué fabric
Step 4: Place your fusible webbing backed appliqué fabric right side up on the stabilizer in the hoop so that it covers the placement line. Hold in place with Scotch Magic Tape. To cut multiple layers at the same time, hold each layer in place with Scotch Magic Tape to minimize slipping. Leave the backing paper on the fusible webbing to prevent the layers sticking together.
Step 5: Stitch color #2 – a basting line to hold the appliqué fabric in place.
Step 6: Remove the needle, embroidery foot and stitch plate from your machine. Replace with the #44 foot, the cutwork stitch plate and the cutwork tool set to position 1. Remove the top thread from your machine.
If you try to cut at this point, you will get a warning on the screen. You need to tell the machine that you have installed the cutwork stitch plate and the #44 foot – and the machine won’t cut until you do!
Touch the green checkmark to hide the warning. Then touch the hazard triangle and click on the cutwork stitch plate. Touch the green checkmark.
Touch the foot button (just above the hazard triangle) to tell the machine that you have installed the #44 foot.
Step 7: Go ahead and perform Cut 1. When complete, the screen will tell you that it is now ready for Cut 2.
Step 8: Rotate the white dial on the cutwork tool to show position #2.
Step 9: Go ahead and perform Cut 2. When complete, the screen will tell you that it is now ready for Cut 3.
Step 10: Rotate the white dial on the cutwork tool to show position #3.
Step 11: Go ahead and perform Cut 3. When complete, the screen will tell you that it is now ready for Cut 4.
Step 12: Rotate the white dial on the cutwork tool to show position #4.
When you remove the hoop from the machine, you can see that the cuts have been performed…
But the appliqué shapes are still looking like they are attached to the stabilizer in the hoop.
From the back:
Push the appliqué shape out from the back. Clip any threads that didn’t cut with a pair of scissors.
You now have appliqué shapes that are ready to use!