The language of machine embroidery files can be confusing - HUS, PES, DST, BX formats. What does it all mean? We’ll help spell it all out for you!
Each embroidery machine manufacturer has its own language so to speak. It is how their machines understand embroidery designs and fonts, turning them into stitches. Designs are digitized to be recognized by each of those machine formats.
Embroidery Machine Stitch File Extensions
Each extension relates to a specific machine embroidery brand. How do you tell them apart? By the three-letter extension at the end of each file name.
ART - Bernina Artista
BX - Embrilliance typable keyboard font, read more here
CSD - Singer
DST - Tajima
EMB - Wilcom
EMD - Elna
EXP - Melco. Bernina
HUS - Husqvarna Viking, Pfaff
JEF - Elna, Janome/New Home, Kenmore
PCD/PCS/PCM/PCQ - Pfaff
PEC - Babylock, Bernina, Brother, Deco
PES - Babylock, Bernina, Brother, Deco
SEW - Elna, Janome/New Home, Kenmore
SHV - Husqvarna Viking Designer 1
VIP/VP3 - Husqvarna Viking. Pfaff
XXX - Singer
Why is this important? When you purchase a design set, many digitizers, like Bonnie, provide all or most formats in their download. Others make you select the format you want to purchase. Make sure that you know the native file format for your machine.
When in doubt, consult your owner’s manual or check with your embroidery machine dealer. Some machine brands can use more than one file type. Depending upon the machine model, for instance, Husqvarna Viking can use embroidery designs with the HUS, SHV, VIP, and VP3 extensions.
Many modern embroidery machines will recognize numerous file formats. For instance, DST is often considered a clean go-to when having problems with your own native file types.
Working File Formats in Design Editing Software
Although they can save designs in a variety of formats, design editing software use extensions of their own for files you are creating/editing. For instance, Embrilliance working files have an extension of BE. They can’t be stitched but you can open them with Embrilliance and continue editing. You can read more about them here.
Embird uses an EEF extension with their working files. Hatch/Wilcom and PE Design use their native file extensions, EMB and PES.
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