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Designer Brilliance 80 and Designer Sapphire 85 Techniques

We are excited to bring you a series of Technique classes for the Designer Brilliance 80 and Designer Sapphire 85 machines.  This is something that has been asked for time and again and we are now going to do the classes via Zoom.  Each month we will present a new topic.  The first half of the class will explain how to do a technique(s) and the second half will discuss the project provided using the technique.

Each class will be recorded so that if you are not available on the particular day and time, you can still participate.  You can also purchase the class after the date at a 10% discount.  If interested in a past class, please send an e-mail to  You can also purchase the class after the date at a 10% discount.  If interested in a past class, please send an e-mail to



1 - March 18

Exclusive Stitch Techniques – Menu L

Four types of dimensional stitches.  In this class we will review Appliqué stitches, Pop-up stitches and a combination of Appliqué and Pop-up Stitches.

Project:  Apron

2 - April 15

Exclusive Stitch Techniques – Menu L

Four types of dimensional stitches.  In this class we will review Sequin and Theme stitches.

Project:  Glitzy Pillow

3 - May 6

Advanced Icon Knowledge

Various icons that make your embroidery designing quick and easy right on the machine.

Project:  Embroidered Jacket

4 - June 3

Built-In Embroidery Fonts

This technique will introduce you to or reinforce your understanding of  Creating text; Working with multiple letters; Text shaping and spacing;  Fixed letter angle;  Grouping/ungrouping letters, or designs

Project:  Fun Fonts Wallhanging

5 - July 8

Built-In Tapering Stitches

Tapering stitches are used to create embellishments of various shapes, angles and lengths.  As the name suggests, the stitches begin and end with an angled or rounded point.  Satin-type stitches generate beautiful designs using specialty threads with appropriate needles.  However, many decorative stitches can also be tapered for a unique look.  

Project:  Designer Pot Holders

6 - August 5

Design Appliqué
Do you love appliqué? Did you know you can create appliqués from built-in shapes, letters, numbers, and even some punctuation with your machine?  By the end of this technique, you should understand how to create a shape appliqué including proportional and non-proportional scaling, as well as letter appliqués. 

Project:  Birthday Banner

7 - September 9 Omnimotion Stitches
HUSQVARNA® VIKING® sewing machines have stitch widths of 6mm, 7mm, and the DESIGNER EPIC 2™ offers 9mm stitches.  Omnimotion stitches offer stitches that can have a stitch width up to 49mm or 54mm wide! How? It is all because of the omnimotion, or side-to-side, movement.
In this class we will explore different types of omnimotion stitches:
1. Omnimotion stitches – Menu K
2. Single motif stitches - Menu O
3. Yarn stitches – Menu P
4. Stippling stitches – Menu D

Project:  iPad/Tablet Case
8 - October 7 Design Shaping
In this technique we will look at shaping stitches, spacing buttonholes, shaping embroidery designs, and shaping embroidery designs with stitches. 

Project:  Button Table Runner
9 - November 4 Programming
Programming allows you to create combined stitches, letters, and numbers that you may want or need to sew out again and again. Your programmed stitch can be up to 20” (500mm) and can be programmed in sewing mode or embroidery mode.  In this class you will learn how to program stitches, text and numbers as well as edit the combination.
Zipper Bag
10 - December 2 Design Positioning
Design Positioning allows placement of a design exactly where you want it in the hoop, at exactly the angle you need it in the hoop, even aligning with a previously stitched embroidery design. You can use the center point for quick placement, use a 2- or 4-step process, or use your mySewnet™ app with Design Placement.
Decorating a Jean Jacket
11 - January 2022 Specialty Techniques
Your HUSQVARNA® VIKING® embroidery machine offers some exciting specialty embroidery designs. In this technique, we will look at tips and hints for:
  • Cutwork
  • Yarn Couching
  • Thread Velvet
  • Fringe/Chenille
  • Felting
Project:  Flowerful Table Topper
12 - February 2022 Vintage Stitching
Your HUSQVARNA® VIKING® embroidery machine offers a menu of Vintage stitches. In this class, we will look at techniques using these stitches such as:
  • Twin needle
  • Yarn Couching
  • Smocking
  • Heirloom 
Project:  Vintage Style Pillow
13 - March 2022 Majestic Hoop

The optional DESIGNER™ Majestic Hoop is the largest turnable hoop made for certain HUSQVARNA VIKING ™ embroidery machines. The Majestic Hoop can be used on your HUSQVARNAVIKING™ DESIGNER EPIC™2, DESIGNER EPIC™, DESIGNER RUBY™ 90, and DESIGNER SAPPHIRE™ 85 offering an embroidery area of 14 1/4" x 13 3/4" or 360x350 mm.

In this technique, we will look at some tips and hints when using the DESIGNER™ Majestic Hoop.  In addition, we will see how to create your own designs for your home dec and garment projects!

Project:  Majestic Quilt
14 - April 2022 Cutwork Embroidery

Create beautiful cutwork and reverse appliqué designs quickly and easily, without any tedious trimming! Imagine embellishing bed linens, garments, children’s clothing, or even guest towels with beautiful designs. This class will introduce you to the tools and techniques to produce the wonderful enhancements cutwork and reverse appliqué offer.

iPad or Tablet case


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Requirements: Designer Brilliance 80 or Designer Sapphire 85 embroidery machine
Instructor: Cathy Hamilton

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.