Using Brother PE Design, users may design their own embroidered patterns on a computer and then send them to a Brother embroidery machine to be stitched. The program is over a decade old and has undergone nine significant revisions, the most recent being “PE Design Next.”
Newer versions of operating systems have appeared as technology has progressed, the most recent being Windows 7 from Microsoft at the time of this writing.
Downloading a patch from the Brother Service and Support website will allow PE-Design 5 and 6 to function on Windows 7 32-bit.
After downloading and installing the free patch from the website above, PE-Design 7 will function properly on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7.
PE-Design 8 and PE-Design Next are fully compatible with the 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows 7.
If you’re using an older version of Windows, the best course of action is to upgrade to Windows 7 (64-Bit) compatibility for your Brother Design software. You’ll have a version that runs more smoothly on modern computers, and you’ll get many useful new features and enhancements.
As of this writing, the Version 8 Upgrade, which brings PE Design 5/6/7 users up to the latest version, is still available for purchase. Most consumers will find that the features and specifications offered by the version 8 upgrade kits are well worth the cost (up to £100 cheaper than the current version ‘Next’ upgrade).
If you’re using Version 6, upgrading to Upgrade 7 includes all the features of Upgrade 8, and so on. Version 8 includes a printed instruction manual, whereas Version 7 requires printing the handbook from the installation CD. You can learn more about the software by reading the comprehensive.pdf file or pressing F1 for more information.
The program comes with 500 embroidery designs, the stippling stitch is faster and better than version 7, and you may use new motif stitches to achieve a fantastic effect.
The newest release, PE-Design Next, is available now. The interface has been fully redesigned by Brother to be consistent with the appearance and feel of modern Microsoft Office products. Those who have been using older versions for a long time will need time to adjust, but they will see significant benefits once they do. You can now choose from one hundred pre-digitized typefaces, make mirror effects (beneficial for quilting), and utilize the spirograph function.
The upgrade package is an updated software application that checks your computer for a previously installed version before installing the updated version. You should install the old version of PE-Design on the computer first, but you shouldn’t launch it. Immediately upgrade to the latest version.
The card reader/writer module must be “upgraded” to work with the newest software version, which requires internet access to enter the necessary code.
Remember that the card reader/writer functions as a security dongle and that the software code used to upgrade one card reader cannot be reused to upgrade another card, reader. Beware, since some unwary customers have bought dead, useless upgrade kits.
You can install the software on a different computer, and as long as the card reader is likewise connected, everything will function normally. So, any computer will do for the program, but you’ll need to plug the card reader into a USB port for it to work.
Instructions for updating from previous releases;
In its current version, PE-Design should be installed on a Windows 7 machine.
Avoid launching the pre-installed version.
Upgrade disk installation.
Start the fresh program installation.
As manager of Lords Sewing and an expert in all things Brother Embroidery, Keith Lord has been in the business for over three decades. He suggests that users of previous Brother PE Design versions consider upgrading to PE Design 8.