BERNINA Embroidery Software 8 DesignerPlus

(2 customer reviews)

$1,999.00 $2,499 MSRP

Our cutting-edge software is equipped with numerous innovative functions and features. Here, we provide you with an overview of what your preferred software is capable of, and tell you all about the advantages of the BERNINA Embroidery Software 8.

SKU: V8Software Category:


Creativity with Color PhotoStitch and 3D embroidery designs

Our cutting-edge software is equipped with numerous innovative functions and features. Here, we provide you with an overview of what your preferred software is capable of, and tell you all about the advantages of the BERNINA Embroidery Software 8.

New Features

General Features
  • Embroidery Library with search capability
  • Separate folder for designs and machine files
  • New thread charts added
  • New Benartex fabrics added
  • USB stick for software installation
  • Product key for software activation


  • Hoop templates for design positioning
  • BERNINA E16 hoops included

Three-Dimensional (3D) Designs

  • Couching
  • CutWork

Thread Palette Selection

  • My Threads docker


  • Automatic kerning for distinctive Fonts


  • Monogram Template Designs

Edit and Customize

  • Layout to Work Area / Quilt Block
  • Copy and apply object properties
  • Duplicate with or without offset
  • Array and Reflect Mirror Merge tools
  • Knife tool to cut filled objects
  • Basting Stitch Marker and Graphic Markers

View Designs

  • Design tabs
  • Hoop templates
  • Show Work Area / Quilt Block
  • Travel toolbar
  • Design grouped, when opened

Edit Stitch Functions

  • Always tie-off and trim


  • Cut buttonhole slit


  • Create Appliqué with CutWork

Stitch Effects

  • 3D Globe Effect for pattern fills
  • Elastic Fancy Fill
  • Alternating Pattern Fills
  • Quilting Backgrounds

Stitch Types (Fills and Outlines)

  • Sculptured Run Outline
  • Zigzag Outline

Auto Digitizing

  • Color PhotoStitch
  • Magic Wand Block Digitizing
  • Magic Wand Fill without Holes
  • Magic Wand Centerline Trace
  • Selectable Magic Wand color matching methods


  • Save designs in the all new V8 ART format

Other Features

  • Right-click menu for object editing
  • Feedback Reporter to report software issues

Additional information

Weight 45.36 g
Dimensions 17.78 × 5.72 × 2.54 cm

2 reviews for BERNINA Embroidery Software 8 DesignerPlus

  1. Kimberly Williams

    Bernina embroidery software is the pits. Their user interface designers need to join the 21st century. First, do not require a dongle. Use some other method for security – there are plenty. Second, do not advertise that you run on a Mac and then require the Mac have Windows running on it to run your software. Third, provide a means to reset a password if I forgot mine. Your website locks me out if I have forgotten my password and there is no means by which to retrieve or reset it. Fourth, make your system requirements list complete. You do not indicate you have a major problem with HD displays. Fifth, do not publish a manual that requires I jump to five different links to find a simple answer (the manual, which, by the way, cost me over $300 to print a color hardcopy of so I would not have to suffer through trying to use the online manual). My dealer tells me I will be fine if I run the software under Windows 7 or 8 but not Windows 10.

  2. George Langley

    Does everything you could wish for in an embroidery software package and beyond!
    No dongle is required – uses an authorization program, with excellent technical support if you do encounter an issue. Interface is clean and logically-laid out, with tools and fly-out windows grouped and easily accessible. Runs fine on Windows 10, including large 4K monitors – check the system requirements. And as advertised, runs on Macs running Windows using Bootcamp or other virtual software. The electronic manual makes it quick and easy to search for and find anything that you are looking for.
    The extensive range of digitizing and auto-digitizing tools makes it easy to get excellent results no matter what the source graphic is, or when creating your own from scratch. (I love the Backwork Run tool, that converts a shape into a single-run design with no jump stitches!) The selection of outline stitches and fill patterns is incredible, allowing you to tweak your design with all kinds of options, including stitch width and density, adjusting fill width/height/repeats, setting the stitch angle (very useful for adding shading or 3D effects to a shape like a flower petal or two halves of a leaf), blending two colours, and most importantly, breaking up a satin fill to prevent too-long a stitch that could snag and tear. You can remove shape overlaps to prevent multiple layers of stitching getting too thick. It also has a lot of applique and cutwork options for adding applique shapes or holes to the fabric (using regular scissors or the BERNINA CutWork tool.) V8 comes with a large collection of pre-digitized fonts specifically-designed for embroidery, as well as converting any other fonts you already have, to cover your lettering needs.
    Preview your designs as artwork or stitches against various fabrics or clothing items, and run through the stitches in the software to see how it will stitch out before commiting it to the machine. V8 covers all BERNINA hoops, but you can add other sizes as required. AND it exports to any other embroidery format, so you can create a design and send it to another brand of embroidery machine.
    PLUS, all of the other software included! Corel for all of your drawing and designing needs, PhotoPaint opens up new avenues of creativity. Quilter to design your own quilt blocks. Cross Stitch for designing cross stitch designs (including auto fill patterns!) And a Design Library tool to help organize and locate all of your embroidery designs.
    As with any high-end software, you’ll want to take the time to work through the tutorials, read the manual, or ask your dealer about the classes, before jumping into a project. But once you do, you’ll never be limited in what you can create!

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