ATTN: Bernina Users

keepeminstitchesAugust 19, 2006

I just returned from a preview for the new Bernina V.5 software, and am I excited! It has over 70 new and advanced features, effects and essentials (quoting the flyer). The features I'm most excited about are multi-hooping feature where you can take a large design and the software will split it for you with mult-hooping; the new monogramming program which is too wonderful to describe (you can put fancy-fills within the borders of the monogram, for one thing); and the thread matching program where you can put in the thread you have and the thread you need and it will match them as closely as possible.

There are many, many more new and cool things that have to be seen to be believed. My dealer is taking orders now, I'm #20 on the list and cannot wait for it to arrive.


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Hi keepeminstitches. V.5 of which series? I have an Aurora 430 w/V.5 Editor Lite. Editor Lite came with the machine and I realize it is just a "get you started" program, but I now know that there is Editor Plus, Designer Plus, etc. This is V.5 of which one or is it none of these and totally different? And what is the price. Bernina anything is so pricey that it's hard for a person on a fixed income to afford anything.


    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 12:16PM
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Hi, texasrose

It's V.5 of Bernina's embroidery software which I think is produced by OESD. I now have Designer Plus. I do know it was very expensive. I started with Editor, then went to V.4 of Designer Plus (I have a receipt saying that was around $1300, but that was to switch from Editor to Designer Plus with the newest version at the time which was V.4). Then the upgrade alone to V.5 later was a lot more, so much so that I paid in two installments of about $266 each. That being said, I don't know if prices vary from dealer to dealer so you can shop around. It's a very expensive hobby for sure, and I've been so tempted to buy the artista 730 machine but just can't justify it at this time.

Happy sewing!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 8:50PM
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I just bought a Bernina 430 with the embroidery add-on. Wasn't actually looking for an embroidery machine, but it seemed like a useful and potentially fun diversion. So, I am a total newbie.

After familiarizing myself with the machine itself and playing around with the preset patterns in EditorLite, however, I'm coming around to the view that what I really want to do is use patterns based on scanned images. For that, I gather, I really need to upgrade from the Lite. I gather the upgraded versions are pretty pricey, and I guess my question is... Are there alternatives? I did some web research, but I can't find a lot of detail on whether some of the third party software will export files that can then be read into Editor Lite. Maybe because I'm not even familiar enough with the lingo, I'm not sure I'm searching on the right things...

Is the Bernina software that much better if you are using a Bernina machine? Is it decent software in terms of the user interface as compared to third party stuff? I don't really mind spending the money to upgrade, but would seriously like to avoid having someone tell me three months from now "you dummy, you could have bought this $30 software that does everything yours does."

    Bookmark   October 17, 2007 at 10:53AM
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I am a newbie to the machine embroidery world as well. It is my impression that the newer, higher end Berninas have such a restricted format (.ART), that only its software can save as or convert to the .ART format. Therefore, even though there is likely good capable software out there at a reasonable price, chances are, you could not get it into a format that the Bernina machine can use. Please let me know if there is any other software (besides Bernina's) which will do this.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2007 at 11:09PM
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I use Bernina's software and it will open any embroidery design format and then convert it to the .art format for use in my machine.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2007 at 4:07PM
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I have a 730. I am starting to look at embroidery programs. Which is best? I think I may want to download personal designs. I live near Kansas City and was trying to find someone to scan in a design for embroidery for me and could not find anyone that provided that service.Do I only need newest program or is it an upgrade that I have build on original design program?
Also same question, Does it have to be a Bernina Program and /or should it be and why?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2011 at 12:33PM
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