Cataloging Programs to Organize Your Embroidery Designs

Embroidery Cataloging Programs blog post at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

How can you organize embroidery designs when you can’t see them? These programs will help!

Last week, we talked about how to organize your embroidery designs. This week, we will share some programs that will help with cataloging your designs.

It is easy to see photos on your computer. If you choose “View Icons” in File Explorer, the mini image shows you a smaller rendition of the photo.


However, embroidery designs only show file names. Unless they have very specific file names, that makes it pretty difficult to organize files without having to open every one individually. Fortunately, there are programs that allow you to see the design image as an icon.

Embroidery Design Organizing/Cataloging Programs

BuzzXplore from BuzzTools works just like windows Explorer. You can see all files within the category folder from within the BuzzXplore program.

You can also print out a catalog of thumbnails within categories as well as printed templates and color charts. Get a free trial download.

Embrilliance Thumbnailer works in much the same way as BuzzExplore. However, you can view the pictures of your embroidery files from within Windows without even having to open the Embrillance program to do it.


You can even view files like a slide show. Embrilliance also has a 90-day money back guarantee.

Embroidery Organizer is the foundation upon which Hatch Embroidery modules are built. Get a Hatch free download here.



Iconizer is an optional plug-in for Embird that shows icon images of design files. Get an Embird, free trial download here.

Tips for Choosing an Embroidery Organizing Program

When choosing a program, consider whether or not the program can:

  • Catalog images for sorting with notes or coding
  • Work independently (Do I need another program installed for it to work?)
  • Work on my computer (Mac or PC, both?)
  • Print templates
  • Print a catalog of designs 
  • Show electronic cutting files

 Does the program offer other design editing capabilities like:

  • Thread libraries
  • Color sorting
  • Resizing
  • Basic editing
  • File converting

These programs have free trials or money-back guarantees, so there is really nothing to lose.

Which program do you use for organizing your embroidery files and what do you like about it?

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  • Pat Cunningham - September 14, 2020

    I have used BuzzXplore for years and it works great!

  • Bonnie Welsh - September 09, 2020

    Linda—You can’t see your designs even when using Thumbnailer? I assume you also have Embrilliance? If you’re having issues viewing your designs with Thumbnailer, I’d contact tech support at Embrillance. I’m sure they can help you get up and running. Great program with great support.

  • linda - September 08, 2020

    I have thumbnailer but a lot of trouble and time organizing. Can’t see design. Which one will work for me

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