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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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

Advanced Icon Knowledge

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

Project:  Embroidered Jacket

4 - June 3, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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 20, 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 17, 2022 Vintage Stitching
Your HUSQVARNA® VIKING® embroidery machine offers a menu of Vintage stitches. In this class, we will look at these techniques using these stitches:
  • Twin needle
  • Smocking
  • Hemstitch
  • Pintucking
Project:  Vintage Style Pillow
14 - March 10, 2022 Cutwork Embroidery and Majestic Hoop

Starting with a brief overview of how the Majestic Hoop works. 

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
15 - April 7, 2022 Binding Techniques

There are many different ways of binding quilts, wall hangings, even garments! Different tools and feet are available to assist. In this class we will look at some these techniques.  We will look at:

  • Quilt Binder Tool
  • Adjustable Bias Binder Foot
  • Flat Fell Foot
  • Faux or Flange Piping
  • Two Coloured Quilt Binding
  • Scallop Binding
  • Quick Easy Mitred Binding Tool
16 - May 12, 2022 Twin Needle Embroidery, Endless Embroidery, and Free-standing Lace

The three techniques of twin needle embroidery, endless embroidery, and free-standing lace allow you to create beautiful projects for your home and garment projects.   You may even use the free-standing lace designs for crafts such as greeting cards, embellishing flower arrangements, jewelry, or creating 3D embroidered and framed pictures just to name a few! Endless embroidery has endless possibilities and will be combined with free-standing lace in the project.

Project: Double the Fun Pillow
17 - June 9, 2022 Endless Hoop & Patchwork Quilting in the Hoop

Explore piecing and quilting in the hoop as well as continuing with the endless hoop, this time using it to quilt layers together. and

Project:  Mini-Quilt in the Hoop
18 - July 14, 2022 Crazy Quilting

In this class, we will look at how to create a crazy quilt patchwork.  Crazy quilting is a great way to use up scraps of fabric and to add texture with different types of fabric, such as velvet or even leather.  The seams are then covered with decorative stitching.

Project:  Bag
19 - Aug 4, 2022 Embellishing with Yarn

Who knew you could do so many decorative techniques in embroidery?In this class, we will explore adding yarn while embroidering an entire yarn embroidery design as well as embellishing with yarn while sewing!

ProjectRollup Bag
20 - Sep 8, 2022 Buttonholes Galore

Your HUSQVARNA® VIKING® DESIGNER EPIC 2™, DESIGNER EPIC™ machine offers a variety of buttonhole choices.  In embroidery mode, we can also use the machine to create an equally spaced string of buttonholes.  In this class, we will look at these techniques:

  • Buttonhole built in stitches
  • Endless buttonholes
  • Corded buttonholes
  • Embroidered buttonholes
  • Bound buttonholes
  • Piped buttonholes
  • Stitching buttons by machine


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.