PES. VP3. XXX. What do they all mean? Every embroidery machine brand supports a particular design format characterized by different three-letter file extensions. Even though you get nearly a dozen file formats with every Designs by JuJu embroidery design download, it is important to know which of them works with your machine.embroidery file types The little three-letter extension on the end of embroidery design files makes a big difference. If you have a Husqvarna Viking machine (HUS) and you buy a Janome (JEF) embroidery design, your machine won’t recognize it. If the embroidery file isn’t compatible with your machine, you won’t be able to use it unless you have conversion software. When you purchase embroidery designs from Designs by JuJu, you receive nearly a dozen different file types by download. They are delivered via a compressed ZIP file so you get files that will work no matter what machine you have. See this blog for help in downloading and unzipping design files. Here are design file designations and the machines they represent:

  • .ART, Bernina Artista
  • .DST, Tajima*
  • .EXP, Melco, DOS expanded
  • .EXP, Bernina USB
  • .HUS, Husqvarna Viking
  • .JEF, Janome
  • .PCS, Pfaff
  • .PES, Baby Lock, Bernina Deco, Brother
  • .SEW, Janome, Elna, Kenmore
  • .VIP,Pfaff 2140, Husqvarna/Viking
  • .VP3, Pfaff, Husqvarna/Viking
  • .XXX, Singer XL

*Most machines can read DST files in addition to their own. It is still important to know which design types work with your machine as you may only want to keep those design files and delete the rest. Remember that it’s a violation of copyright to share designs with others, even design formats you don’t use. In the event you get a different brand of embroidery machine in the future (you have a Baby Lock now and get a Pfaff later) just go to your account page at DesignsbyJuJu.com and download previous orders to access the new file format.