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Free Update for BERNINA DesignWorks

Dear BERNINA blog readers

In summer 2017 we informed you that BERNINA DesignWorks is not compatible with Windows 10 Creators Update. Like other software vendors, we had been caught on the wrong foot by Microsoft: The Windows Creators update was automatically installed on many computers and brought extensive changes. One of the consequences was that DesignWorks could no longer be used. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this and for the long wait.

Now we are happy to present you a new update of DesignWorks which solves this problem. We provide 10 free embroidery designs with the update as a gift for your patience!

Download the Update

We guide you step-by-step throught the installation process:

  • Step 1: Click here to go to the installation page.
  • Step 2: Fill out the form and accept the end-user-license-agreement.
  • Step 3: Go to your e-mails and open the mail received by BERNINA.
  • Step 4: Click on the link within the e-mail and start the download of the DesignWorks Update.

After submitting the form, you get a thank-you-page where you can download 10 embroidery designs for free.

These features come with the update

Compatible with Windows 7,8 and 10 and partial support for 4K screens

The update ensures compatibility with the Windows 7,8 and 10 operating systems. In addition, small icons are now displayed in large size on high-resolution screens thanks to 4K support.

Midi Hoop and Maxi Hoop added to the hoop selection

The BERNINA Midi Hoop and Maxi Hoop are now integrated in the hoop selection. The foot selection determines the embroidery area or template size. The following feet are available:

New layout of the device selection

The device selection has been updated. All four output options are now available:

  • EXP – Transfer to USB stick
  • Needle – Direct transfer to machine via USB cable
  • Deco – Transfer to USB stick for Deco machines
  • Serial Port – Direct transfer to machine via serial interface

The dialog box looks like this:


The End-User-License-Agreement (EULA) has been supplemented. The paragraph “Operating System / Technical Specifications” has been added. Furthermore, the section “Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability” defines the warranty for operating system compatibility.

Installation process

First, check your system requirements before you start the installation

  • Your computer is operated by Windows® 7 Windows® 8 or Windows® 10.
  • You have administrative rights for your computer.
  • The dongle is not inserted in one of the USB ports. You won’t need the dongle during the whole installation process.
  • Any applications are closed.

Second, check your software version

  • Open DesignWorks and go to Help > About.
  • If Build 7570 is indicated at the top on the right, you can install the Update (Build 7571) straight away.
  • If Build 7460 is indicated, you have to download and install Build 7570 beforehand.


DesignWorks-Screen – information about the version on the right

Third, download the DesignWorks Update

  • Fill out the form and accept the End-User-License-Agreement (EULA).
  • An e-mail will be sent to your e-mail account that you entered in the form.
  • Click on the hyperlink within the e-mail and start the download.

The Update suits all three modules of the DesignWorks Software (CutWork, PaintWork, CrystalWork).

4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

You have questions about the update? Then take a look at the FAQs on our support page. If your questions are not answered in the FAQs, please write a blog comment.

What is DesignWorks all about?

You have no experience with DesignWorks? Then the update is the perfect moment to get started!

BERNINA DesignWorks consists of the software Suite forming the basis and containing the dongle. Furthermore, there are three modules CutWork, PaintWork and CrystalWork. After purchasing and installing the Suite, the modules can be activated via a software code. Modules and related tools can be purchased either individually or in combination at your dealer.

CutWork – Cut materials with the CutWork Tool

With CutWork software, you can create and edit forms that can be cut out and, for example, appliquéd. To achieve the desired results, you will need a BERNINA machine capable of embroidery and the CutWork tool, which you will insert in place of the needle. Break the mold and combine your embroideries with CutWork. You will be amazed at the gorgeous effects you can achieve – whether on garments, accessories, or quilts.


PaintWork – Paint your fabric

Painting your fabric in highest precision – that is BERNINA PaintWork. With the software you can create individual picture motifs on the screen and edit them in various ways. Subsequently, the motifs are transferred via USB connection to your embroidery machine. Attach the PaintWork tool in place of the presser foot on an embroidery-capable BERNINA. The tool is a retainer for textile pens in four different sizes.

CrystalWork – Brighten your cloths

Rhinestones are the effective design element on your dresses or accessories. With BERNINA CrystalWork, stencils can be produced for the precise application. This allows you to create your own glitter motifs. Just attach the CrystalWork tool in place of the presser foot on a embroidery-capable BERNINA. It is a small punching tool used to prepare a hole template for rhinestones.

Use the module you like most

Due to the modular system, you can use each module apart from the other. You only need the Suite as the basis. CutWork works on all BERNINA embroidery machines. PaintWork and CrystalWork are not compatible with all machines. Detailed information on the compatibility of the individual modules can be found in our accessories catalogue.

If you’d like to try DesignWorks, check out your local dealer for a demonstration of software and tools! The latest DesignWorks version will be available at special retailers by March, recognizable by a large red dot on the packaging. But you can start immediately without any problems. After purchasing DesignWorks, just install the update.

Best regards



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    • ramonawirth EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Dear Jay,
      What exactly do you mean with world wide warranty?
      You can find some warranty information here:
      or you can contact a BERNINA Dealer near you to ask if you can bring your BERNINA machine for a service, even though you did not purchase it there and maybe even in a different country.

      Kind regards, Ramona from BERNINA International.

  • mary miller EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    This article is very informative and I feel like you are reading my mind. thanks for sharing

  • Donna Bosnyak EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    i have the bernina DeisgnWorks software.(I purchased with my machine a few years back. I never installed it. I have the 3 cards crystal/work,paintwork and cutwork codes. plus the usb dongle.after i installed cd and try to open (it says cbu error) i donnot know how to fix this. i never used codes on cards. cd is on hard drive. i am not sure how to fix this because cd keeps saying cbu

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