Machine Embroidery USBs: What You Need to Know

Sew Inspired by Bonnie Answers USB Questions

Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about USBs in machine embroidery.

For most of us, a USB is a portal to get designs to your embroidery machine. You may even store designs on USBs, otherwise known as thumb drives or flash drives.

Picture of USB stick for Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Bonnie has two options for USB purchase. One is a blank USB that you can use to store designs. At a glance, you will know immediately that the designs come from Sew Inspired by Bonnie.

Picture of USB with design tag for machine embroidery at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

The other option is that you can order designs on a USB. Bonnie even includes a tag listing all of the designs from that order

Both USBs are bright pink to help you spot easily, feature Bonnie’s logo, include a lanyard for easy retrieval, and a swivel cover that you can’t lose. 

Will a 256mb USB work on my machine?

Check your manual to see the maximum size USB that your machine can read. Bonnie’s USBs hold 256mb (megabytes). That makes them small enough to work with most machines and large enough to hold plenty of designs without slowing your machine down.

How many designs will Bonnie’s USB hold?

A lot! The actual amount depends upon the design’s size, stitch count, and format.

A 256mb USB will hold 256,000 kilobytes. The Train Buddies design 1 in 5x7 ranges from 24kb in HUS format to 124kb in PES format. That means that you could get more than 2,000 Train Buddies PES files on a 256mb USB.

What is included with designs saved on a USB?

Just like downloaded orders, design sets purchased on a USB include color charts, tutorials, cut files (if applicable), and all embroidery formats.

You may need to transfer non-pertinent information off the USB onto your computer prior to using the USB in your embroidery machine. Larger files like PDFs take up significantly more space and some machines cannot read folders.

Can I store other design files on a Sew Inspired by Bonnie USB?

Yes, you can save other embroidery designs on the USB. The blank USB comes empty. A USB shipped with designs will also hold additional files so long as it is not full.

Is the USB compatible with my computer?

Simply plug it into your computer to access or store data, just about any data you may have. The drives are compatible with USB 2.0 and are backwards compatible with USB 1.1. They support Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP/2000/ME/NT/98, Linux, and Mac OS.

Remember to always have a backup of your designs!

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  • Bonnie Welsh - April 09, 2021

    Pat—Sorry I don’t have any machine embroidery quilting patterns for sale at this time.

  • Patricia - April 09, 2021
    Hi there, do you sale Embroidery quilting patterns on a USB ? Pat
  • Bonnie Welsh - April 08, 2021

    Ann – You’re absolutely right. Putting designs on USBs is offered as some people like to have a hard copy but you should always back up any files you have no matter what they’re stored on whether it’s a CD, hard drive, USB or floppy disk. Also, I agree, the USB is simply a transfer device.

  • Bonnie Welsh - April 08, 2021

    Laurie – We put all designs from your order together onto one USB for an additional $15.

  • Bonnie Welsh - April 08, 2021

    Beatrice – That’s so sweet of you to say. Thank you!

  • Bonnie Welsh - April 08, 2021

    Renee – Great idea to help organize for sure. Thanks!

  • Ann - April 08, 2021

    Please remind everyone that USB sticks are for short term storage only or just for transferring designs. They fail too frequently to be used for long term storage. Your right, always back up your designs.

  • Laurie Jackson - April 07, 2021

    How much more does it cost to have designs put on a USB drive?

  • Beatrice Robinette - April 07, 2021

    You keep me inspired

  • Renee - April 07, 2021

    I think this is a great idea. It would be wonderful to have one for every company you buy from. Thank you for sending this information

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