Embroidery Machine Formats

Will your designs work on my machine?

While we are unable to give advice on specific machines and software, your embroidery machine should accept one of the formats that we offer. We provide our designs in all major machine formats including ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PES, SEW, VIP, VP3 and XXX.

You will need to know your machine's maximum stitch field. We offer multiple design sizes as often as possible, but some of our large monograms and ITH projects simply will not work in a 4x4 hoop, for example. Be sure to read listings carefully to make sure your machine has the capacity to stitch the design files included. Refer to the "Size and Stitch Counts" information for details.

You will need the appropriate hardware/software to use the designs. After downloading to your computer, you must know how to extract files from the zip and then transfer the designs from your computer to your embroidery machine. 

For assistance in transferring designs to your machine, and other operating questions, please refer to your manual or embroidery machine dealer.

Which machine formats are available?

Our design sets are offered in ELEVEN major machine formats: ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PES, SEW, VIP, VP3 and XXX. (Please note that SEW and PCS formats are not available for 5x7 or larger designs.)
- If you download directly from your email invoice, you will receive all included formats in one zipped folder. Once unzipped, the formats are neatly separated and labeled in subfolders for your convenience.
- If you download from your account on our website, you may choose to download all formats OR a smaller zip that only contains your preferred format.
We offer the BX format for use in Embrilliance Embroidery Software with all embroidery fonts, unless otherwise specified on the product details page. It is a separate download option among the format choices.

I don't know what format I need… do you?

Here is a handy chart of common machine brands and formats:

  • ART - Bernina machines
  • DST - Tajima machines
  • EXP - Melco machines
  • HUS - Viking, Husqvarna machines
  • JEF - Janome machines
  • PCS - Pfaff machines (not available on 5x7 designs)
  • PES - Brother, Baby Lock, Bernina machines
  • SEW - Janome, Kenmore, New Home, Elna machines (not available on 5x7 design sets)
  • VIP - Husqvarna machines
  • VP3 - Husqvarna, Pfaff
  • XXX - Singer, Compucon machines
I have two embroidery machines. Can I purchase my designs in two formats?

You do not have to specify a format at the time of purchase; all available formats are included with your order. You can either download all included formats, or just the individual format(s) you use. You may return to your order history at a later date to download a different format should the need arise.

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