PE Design Plus Digitizing

I have PE-Design Plus and have scanned a logo for my organization and wanted to embroider the logo on an item I am making. I used the photo section and the logo comes out awful. I wanted to have it come out in a zigzag stich and instead it is more of a mess of stiches. What would you suggest? Is this the wrong software to use? I got the software with my brother machine and am now researching if this was the best program for me.

Hi there – I don’t have PE Design Plus but I have used all the PEDS programs up to and including PE Design Version 8.
PEDS Plus is a lighter version of PE Design Next. Unfortunately for you if you wish to create logos and such you will need to upgrade to PE Design Next as it has full digitizing capabilities. As far as I can see PE Design Plus is very limited in what it can do and it’s major attraction is the Photostitch option but as you’ve found Photostitch only creates scribble type designs where the stitches are all over the show. If you wish to create satin stitches then you’ll need to upgrade to the PEDS Next. Alternatively you could look at another digitizing program such as Embird which I highly recommend.
However you should do a costing first as it may not cost a lot to upgrade to PEDS Next. I am not sure what arrangement Brother have re upgrading the software type. But if it’s more than $300 I would advise you to seriously consider Embird as not only does it have a great editing module but it also had a wonderful digitizing module. Secrets of Embroidery have all the prices for Embird on their web-site. You would need Embird Basic and Digitizing Tools ( Embird Studio) in order to
do what you wish to do.

Carolyn Keber
Tutorials for Embird and PE Design

PE Design vs Embird

I have recently purchased a Brother LB-6800PRW and was unaware that I needed a digital converter to convert my photo’s to .pes or .dst which are the two formats that my machine takes. I was told that I need to purchase either PE design plus or PE design next. After looking into these programs, I realized how expensive they are! I have seen and heard several people talking about Embird and how it is very similar if not better than the other two. I am trying to figure out if I can use Embird to convert my formats of my photos and use with my machine? I really look forward to your response!

You can definitely use Embird to convert your photos to PES files. You would need the basic Embird program, along with the plug-in Sfumato Stitch.

You can download the latest version of Embird (and any of the plug-ins) and use the program free of charge in trial version for up to 30 days to test the features prior to purchasing registration.

To download, or for more information, please go to this page of the Secrets website.

Margaret Hardwick-Smith

Customer Support
at Secrets of Embroidery

Can I Digitize my own fonts on PE Design Basic?

Hi Carolyn,
I have a brother embroidery machine and I would like to download different fonts and monogramming fonts to use on my machine. I just purchased PE-Design Basic from Brother but it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to design the fonts or monograms in this program. Can you advise if Embird would allow me to design a monogram or put letters together to make words, like my daughter’s name? Or maybe I need the higher level of PE-Design? I’m at a loss and would greatly appreciate your advice.
Thank you, Laurie

Hi Laurie

PE Design Basic does not have a digitising function at all. It’s really just for minor editing – although I would think that you would be able to purchase lettering that has been digitised already and open and arrange them in PEDS Basic. But if you wished to use True Type Fonts and convert them into ready designs or lettering then you would either have to purchase the full PE Design Next or perhaps PEDS Lite. But to be honest Embird represents much better value for money. The full price of the program is less than PE Design Next or Lite to begin with and then any upgrades are only dollars as opposed to hundreds of dollars for Embird upgrades. I teach both programs – PE Design and Embird – so I have nothing to gain in recommending one over the other but the last upgrade to Embird was $20 whereas I generally pay approx $600 per upgrade for any upgrade to the Brother programs. I’ve had PE Design since Version 2 and have now stopped upgrading at Version 8. I have also had Embird since 1998 and their upgrades have cost me in total over 14 years no more than $80 total (for 14 years).

In Embird Editor you can use the Embird lettering (purchasable at approx $13.50 per lettering style) or you can purchase Font Engine as an add on to Embird at $132.00. Embird itself is $150 and with Font Engine as an add-on or perhaps some of the pre-digitised fonts (which are excellent BTW) you will still be paying far less than the Brother programs plus you’ll have a great amount more of editing capabilities than you’ll ever have with PE Design.

If you wish to make designs from scratch – digitising – then you’ll also need to purchase Embird Studio (Digitising Tools $135.00) This will enable you to create any number of designs, save them and then stitch them on your machine.

But if you’re just looking to create some lettering – such as your daughters name – then my advice would be to get Embird Basic ($132) and some of the Embird lettering at $13.50 each. The lettering is fabulous and resizeable perfectly. And the editing capabilities of Embird are just fantastic. This is really the best value for money program around. Embird will write to any format other than ART

Try the Embird program for 30 days free of charge and see what you think of it . And its a fully functioning version of the program and can be used on any computer you own – without a security device (no dongles).

I think you’re best to start with Embird Basic and a couple f alphabets and get used to them before you buy extra add-ons such as Font Engine or Digitising Tools (Embird Studio) But be assured that Embird will do as you wish to do…

I hope that helps but if you need more info then just email me again.

Kind regards

Carolyn Keber
Step by step lessons for Embird and PE Design

Splitting Big Designs in PE Design Lite

Hello, I have a Brother Innov 950 and use PE-Design Lite. Is there a possibility to split big (5×7) patterns in 4×4? Can you explain it me please? I use patterns in pes.

Thanks a lot.


Hi Wil,

PE Design Lite does not have a splitting command in the program. The program is a very basic program and only allows color changes, changes to the sewing order etc. You can open designs, add text to them, import further elements (if they fit in your hoop) and then save them into one file and stitch them. However you cannot split designs that are 5×7 so that they fit into your 4×4 hoop, I am sorry.

If you wished to use a 5×7 design in your 4×4 hoop you would need to get the designer that created the design that you wish to use, to split it for you and send you the design in parts. I am sorry to give you such bad news.

Have you ever consider the Embird program? This program is inexpensive compared to other embroidery software and would allow you to split the designs for your machine. Embird is available for a 30 day or 100 uses (whichever comes first) free trial and is available for download from Secrets of Embroidery. It’s a wonderful program and once you have learnt it you’ll be amazed at how much the program can do. I think it would be the perfect answer for you and your embroidery.

I hope that helps.

Kind regards
Carolyn Keber
Step by Step Tutorials for all Embird programs and for PE Design