Installing BERNINA software on Apple products

BERNINA Embroidery Software will only be supported on Apple Macintosh computers that meet or exceed the minimum system requirements needed for V8.2 (see table below) and that have Windows 8.1/10 installed on a dedicated partition via Boot Camp.

*Please note the DesignWorks Suite also requires a graphics processor that supports DirectX 9 or greater.

BERNINA recommends using Apple’s Boot Camp Assistant to partition the drive and install Windows, as opposed to third party partition tools.

For more information on using Boot Camp and installing Windows on an Apple computer, please visit Apple’s support website, or contact an Apple specialist.


Virtual Machines:

BERNINA of America does not offer support for systems that are running Windows using a virtual machine such as Parallels or Fusion.


BERNINA DesignerPlus V8.2 System Requirements:






Intel® Core i5/7 or multi core processor with min. 3GHz

Intel® Core i3 or AMD Athlon FX-60

Operating system

Microsoft® Windows® 10 (64-bit Edition)with latest service packs and updates installed.

Microsoft® Windows® 7, 8.1, 10 (32-bit or 64-bit Editions), all with latest service packs and updates installed.


Internet Explorer 11.0

Internet Explorer 11.0


8 GB or more

4 GB

Hard disk type

Solid State Drive (SSD)

Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

Free disk space

40 GB or More

20 GB

Graphics card

Support for DirectX 9 graphics with:

Support for Highest Color (32bit) and resolution (1600 X 900)

WDDM Driver

2 GB or more of graphics memory


Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware bits per pixel



1920 X 1080 screen resolution

1600 X 900 screen resolution

Internet connection

Required for product activation and registration.

Required for product activation and registration.


* If Minimum Requirements are chosen, the software performance can be slow   (also depending on how many programs are running at the same time).
**BERNINA support for installations running on operating system Windows 7 will end on 14.01.2020 as
Microsoft has announced end of support starting at this date.


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