Brother PED-Basic Software for Downloading Embroidery Designs

Buy Brother PED-Basic Software

With the Brother PED-Basic® Software and card reader/writer you can download embroidery designs from the Internet and write them from your PC onto original Brother cards.

You can use the Brother PED-Basic Software when you want to embroider designs that aren’t built-in to your embroidery machine, and

  • Your Brother embroidery machine such as the SE350, LB6770 PRW, or PE700 doesn’t have a USB port.
  • Or you want to organize your designs on memory cards.

When You Probably Don’t Need This Software

  • If your embroidery machine has a USB port that is compatible with a USB stick or thumb drive such as the PE770, you can just store designs on a thumb drive and don’t need to write memory cards.
  • If your embroidery machine has a USB port that attaches to your computer, such as the SE400, HE240, LB6800 PRW, you can download embroidery patterns from your computer and save them in the machine’s memory.
  • If you want to create or digitize your own design, you will need to buy more advanced software that might include a card writer.

Even if your embroidery machine has a USB port that attaches to your computer for downloading, you might still want to write embroidery designs on a memory card. For example, if you don’t have a laptop or it’s inconvenient to move your computer next to the embroidery machine, you can transfer designs on a memory card.

Of course use your own judgement. You might have a good reason for needing this software that I don’t know about.

Brother PED-Basic® Software Features

  • Download free or low-cost embroidery designs (.pes format files) from the Internet
  • Import embroidery designs from CD-ROM
  • Built-in embroidery samples
  • Three frame sizes
  • Resize most designs from 90% to 120%
  • Print an image of the design and information about the pattern: name, size, number of stitches, and thread colors
  • Print sewing area box & center axis of the pattern
  • Print template grid that you can use as a template to place the design on your embroidery project.
  • Realistic stitch design preview – The stitching and colors are displayed on your computer screen so that you can preview the actual embroidery.
  • Writes the embroidery design data (.pes files) to Brother original memory cards for your embroidery machine.

For use with all Brother home embroidery machines with a memory card slot.

Note: This product cannot be used to create embroidery data or designs.

Compatible with Windows compatible computers with a USB port and CD-ROM drive. Requires Windows 98 operating system or later. Be sure to check for compatibility with your own computer.

Click here, to download an updated driver from Brother’s Support website. Then click on “PED-Basic Update.” Then select your version of Windows from the options, click “Search” and download the driver. You can also download manuals from the Support Center.

Note: Not compatible with Macintosh. You must use additional software that runs Windows on a Macintosh such as Parallels Desktop, VMWare Fusion, or BootCamp to use PED-Basic with a Macintosh.

Brother PED-Basic Embroidery Software

What’s Included with the Brother PED-Basic Software?

  • USB Card Writer Box
  • CD-Rom containing PED-Basic software installer and sample designs
  • 4M Blank Memory Card (rewritable)
  • Instruction Manual

Four Easy Steps to Downloading Additional Embroidery Designs

Brother PED-Basic Software Steps
1. Using your computer and the PED-Basic software, download free or purchased PES embroidery data from any embroidery design site or pre-packaged design pack. 2. Preview and/or edit the imported embroidery data on the screen. 3. Write the PES data file to an original Brother embroidery card. 4. Insert the card into the slot on your embroidery machine, press the Memory Card Key on the control panel, and select the design you want to embroider. Continue the same as with a built-in design.

How to Write More than One Design

Many people ask me how to write more than one design or how to add additional designs to a card without overwriting the old designs. It’s easy to do, but the manual isn’t very clear. So here’s how.

Click the browse button and navigate to the folder where your embroidery designs are. This can be a folder on your hard drive or on a CD. Then in the box on the left — the “Available Patterns List” — you’ll see the designs you can copy. Click the pattern you want to write to the card. Then Click the arrow button in the center of the boxes to move the design to the “Selected patterns list.” Do this for all the designs you want to write to the card.

If you already have designs on the card that you want to save, you must select the card first and move those designs to the “Selected patterns list.”

Be sure to keep checking the “Card capacity indicator” because the card may not hold all the designs you want, especially if you have a lot of them from a CD.

You can also select multiple designs by, holding down the Ctrl key or Shift key while clicking the designs. Or you can just drag the designs from the left box to the right box.

All the designs in the right box will get written to the card.

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  1. Debbie McNeil says

    I have a Brother LB-6800 machine. If I connect it directly to my laptop, do I still need a PED basic reader? Or will my machine take the design directly from an unzipped file as long as it is in PES format?

  2. Brenda says

    Hi Kamala,
    I purchased the brother se400 and love it….My question to you is how do my change the speed setting while embroidering? I thought all I had to do was move the slider on the machine but nothing happens when I do that…I have goggled and read the manuals and can’t seem to get an answer….Your help is greatly appreciated…

    • Kamala says

      Hi Brenda,
      I don’t think you can change the speed while embroidering. You just have to let it do its own thing. The manual implies the slider is only for the sewing speed and I don’t know of any other control that works with embroidery.

    • Kamala says

      Hi GaNe’, No. This software is only used to write designs to the memory card. If you have a Brother SE400, you don’t need it because you can connect the machine directly to your computer. It is very difficult to embroider designs larger than 4″x4″ on the SE400.

  3. Jody Horberg says

    will this system work with windows 8? I have the old amazing box (the first one, lol) and need to up grade to a different software….. since my xp died…

    would like to know prior to purchasing this system.

  4. Dina says

    For some reason, I can’t figure out how to get files from my CD into my PED basic software. I use Windows 8, and it seems really complicated.

  5. Judy B says

    I’ve spent quite awhile searching for an answer. Then I decided you would know instantly. Would I be able to embroider the following quilt label with my SE400?

    Quilt of Valor 2014
    Clare, IL

    • Kamala says

      Hi Vickey, I think so, but I don’t know much about the SE270D. The box and software are compatible with any Brother’s home embroidery machine that takes a memory card.

  6. Kay says

    I have purchased a Brother se400, and downloaded some free embroidery designs, but when I went to open the unzip files my computer couldn’t do it. Is there a reason why. Hope you can help me with this, I appreciate your time. Thank you. Kay

    • Kamala says

      Hi Kay, it should be a normal zip file, but depending on what operating system you have, you might need an application to unzip it. Macs and later Windows have it built-in to the OS. But if you’re using an older version of Windows, look for the free WinZip software and install it.

  7. Francis says

    I want to purchase the PED Basic software kit but I would like to know if the brother card fits the Bernina 600 or 650 machines. Your help on this would be greatly appreciated.

    • Kamala says

      Dear Francis, I’m sorry, I don’t know anything about Bernina machines. It’s been a long time since I looked at them. I only have the Brother SE400 and a Brother sewing machine. Maybe ask on a Bernina site or more general forum such as

  8. pam vail says

    I don’t know how I found you, but you are a lifesaver. I bought a lb6770 and was so disappointed when I thought because it didn’t have a cord to laptop, that it could not be used for purchased embroidery designs. You are so kind to take the time to go into such detail. I am disabled and this information you posted put me out in the world like everyone else.
    will try to use machine tomorrow, wish me luck.

  9. Ann says

    I have the ped-basic version 1.0 and it is not compatable with my new computer that has windows 7
    how can I get and updated driver for this product. I searched the internet for a new driver and could not find one. Thank you

  10. Faith says

    having great problems with patterns i have downloaded from web site and transferring the data to a memory card. As soon as i put the card into my machine, the machine screeches at me and the LED touchscreen is unusable.

    • Kamala says

      Hi Faith, that doesn’t sound good. I’m sorry, I don’t know. You could try calling Brother support.

  11. Rita Johns says

    What does it mean when I download patterns and pull them up on PED basic…on some of the patterns have red hoop over them and when I try to look at the pattern preview it tells me the MFS application has stopped working. Why does it close my PED Basic? Thanks!!!