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Brother® PE-180D

Brother® PE-180D sewing machine.
Machine Info. from Brother®
Specifications  
Sewing Area: 106mm (4.17") x 106mm (4.17")
Needle Type: Flat Shank Domestic
Bobbin Type: Style L
Read Formats: PESPEC 
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Lynne Y.

Is there a way to update The software for this

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Kirsten S.

Hi Lynne, do you mean the software on the computer, or do you mean the software that is on the machine. PE Design can be updated on your computer by buying the newer version from Brother. But I don't believe they're offering any updates for the machine itself any more. They do still have a web page telling how to do it though I am not sure how up to date it is:
https://help.brother-usa.com/app/answers/detail/a_...

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Lynne Y.

Hi, can you explain more about how I could update this machine?

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Kirsten S.

Hi Lynne,

We're limited on updating some of these older machines. In what way would you like to update it? Most machine service centers can help you with renewing the hoops, the power cables, the cleaning them up, and doing repairs, and so forth. If you are wanting to get a new card writer box for it, so you can use designs from the Internet on it, I suggest getting the Vikant Ultimate Box and its card. Those are the updates that I'm aware of for this machine.

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Kathleen R.

i am extremely new at this so please excuse my ignorance. I bought a used but close to new PE-180D. If I want more current things to embroider do I need to purchace this Vikant Ultimate Box and Card or is there just a card that I can buy and download things onto? Also where do you suggest i go to download?

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Kirsten S.

Hi Kathleen, you will need some kind of writer box if you are going to write to cards for this machine in order to get new designs. The box it was originally sold with it was called PE D basic and it had its own software as well for transferring the files. Those are getting harder to find now, so I suggest the Vikant ultimate box and the card that comes with it. In addition to blank writable cards, you can often find some of the original pre-written design collection cards for sale on second-hand sites like eBay and etsy. These cards come with designs already on them, and they cannot be written over.

One place that I suggest for downloading designs is embroidery.com. We have weekly free designs here: https://www.embroidery.com/Dime-OnHouse-WeeklyFree...

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Lynne Y.

Yes, I think that's what I want because I want to download from internet. I'll look into that. Thank you (and sorry for reposting the same question!)

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Kirsten S.

Oh, good! Best wishes. I am still using a PE-700, myself :) card writer boxes for the win!

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Mira R.

Where can I buy the memory card s

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Jeanne E.

Hi Mira,

If you scroll down about 5 posts you'll see a post from Mary C. It sounds like she has a lot of memory cards for sale. That was from several years ago, but you could try contacting her with the email provided in case she still has some memory cards. Also, you can try looking on Ebay as well. Best of luck, and have a good day!


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Robyn J.

yes i just bought this machine and i would love to buy some cards thank you plz send me a text mess at (936)215-0227

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Jeanne E.

Hi Robyn,

Thanks for checking! Our company doesn't sell the memory cards. But I did notice farther down on this page that Mary C is selling the cards. If you wanted to email her at the email she provided then I'm sure you can buy some from her. Also, our company only has a landline so we can't text. Sorry about that. Have a good day!

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Doreen G.

hi new to this just got this machine pe180d it has no lead or card with it I work with adults with learning problems just thought this machine would be useful to do stuff with them ( well under supervision of cause)really needed to no what I need really?book if there one or a download maybe

Than

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Kirsten S.

Hi Doreen. It's a good little machine to start with. I think you and your patrons will enjoy it. You won't need a card to start using the machine. You might need some other accessories, like a hoop, stabilizer, bobbins, thread, and needles. They part numbers and guides to what exactly to buy should be in the manual. The machine comes with a selection of lettering and designs already loaded into its memory, and you can start with stitching those out. If your patrons would like to do things more custom, then software and a card and card writer box would be needed.

For easy access, you might want to get an origial printed manual. I see there's one on ebay: https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=DChcSEwil37PWm...

Or you can download a copy for free, here: https://support.brother.com/g/b/manuallist.aspx?c=...
or herehttps://www.manualslib.com/manual/355776/Brother-P...
(on the last one, use the green download button at the top of the page; the other "view pdf" buttons are ads and will take you to something else).

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Joan H.

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Nancy V.

Hi wondering if you can help me decide if this is worth buying from someone the person is selling this machine with out a cartridge and also would like to know if it also does a reg straight sewing

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Jane C.

It comes with lots of designs already loaded. You can still get a card reader for this and download all kinds of designs and upload them to the card. I love this machine and have had it for years.

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Heather B.

Hi, Nancy. I'm sorry but I can't give you a personal review of this machine, but I did find some reviews online that might be helpful:

https://www.ebay.com/urw/Brother-PE-180D-Computerized-Sewing-Machine/product-reviews/62327742

https://www.amazon.com/Brother-PE-180D-Disney-Embroidery-Machine/product-reviews/B0006G2SE4

https://sewing.patternreview.com/review/machine/299

I hope this helps.

~Heather
[email protected]

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Laurie S.

Can you upload designs? Or does this only take cards? I’m new to embroidery

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Heather B.

Hi, Laurie. This machine only takes cards. If you own this machine and want to be able to make your own cards with designs downloaded from the internet, you would need to invest in a reader/writer box and blank card such as the Ultimate Box Basic and a Type I Ultimate card, carried here at Embroidery.com.

~Heather
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SYLVIA G.

I am thinking of buying pe180d can I use it as a regular sewing machine or it's only embroidery machine?

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Jane C.

It comes with lots of designs already loaded. You can still get a card reader for this and download all kinds of designs and upload them to the card. I love this machine and have had it for years.

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Heather B.

Sylvia, this machine appears to be an embroidery machine only.

~Heather
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mary c.

I have over 100 embroidery cards that I bought for my mother before her sudden death...if interested in them, please email me at [email protected]

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Robyn J.

yes maam do you have any of them cards left if so plz send a text to me at (936)215-0227 thank you

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Doyle B.

Hi Mary,

I am interested in some of these Brother Embroidery cards if you still have some available. You can email me at [email protected] if you are still looking to sell these cards.

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Joan H.

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sherry l.

How much are the cards? I'd like some


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Shawna C.

Mary, Do you still have any of these cards?

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Mina S.

Do you still have these cards available

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Terry S.

Do you still have any of these for sale ? I am also interested in hoops, if anyone has any laying around. I work as an Activity Director at an assisted living. I am new to embroidery, but I do work with some ladies that have done this in the past. I would love to be able to let them do this again.

Thank you.

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Eulalie K.

I love my PE180 D. Have done lots of the Disney Designs for my grandchildren and great grandhildren, and of course myself. Won't give it up or trade it in for anything.

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Heather B.

That's great to hear, Eulalie. Thanks for the feedback.

~Heather
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JEAN B.

Hi, Hope you can help. I was given this machine. Only used once or twice by my Aunt. I am looking for embroidery cards or diferent patterns I can use. Your site was the most easy to use and very attractive. I'd love to get started embroidering. I can't find anyone here near Poway California that could help or sells accessories for this machine. thank you for your time

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Heather B.

Hi, Jean. Thanks for writing and congrats on the new machine.

Your most flexible option for getting designs would be to purchase a transfer box with a re-writable memory card. That way, you can download designs from sites like Embroidery.com on an as needed basis and transfer them to an embroidery card for use on your machine.

I'd recommend the Ultimate Box Basic or Plus for you, along with a Type I Ultimate Card.

https://www.embroidery.com/Vikant.ec

Please let me know if I can assist you further.

~Heather

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