Why You Should Save Working Files in Embrilliance


When combining or editing embroidery designs, always, always, always save a working file.

Picture of machine appliqued bunny and carrot from Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Embrilliance is a design editing software program that I used to edit and combine two of Bonnie’s designs to stitch on the front of an apron.


I chose Bunny Buddies 3 and the carrot from Fun Time Veggies.

I removed the egg and some of the carrot accents using Embrilliance.

Editing a Design in Embrilliance

When you change a design, whether it be to add to it, add text, or delete parts, save the design with another name. That keeps your original design safe for future use.

Picture of bunny machine embroidery design being edited

Use the Save the Working File As tool and give the design a new name.

Open the new file. It will have a BE extension on the end of the file name.

Picture of machine applique carrot and bunny designs being edited at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Edit as you like and, when you are satisfied, use the Save as Stitch and Working option.

What is the Difference Between Stitch and Working Files?

A stitch file has an extension of your embroidery machine. Mine is VP3. The BE file is the working file, meaning that you can still manipulate parts of the design if desired.

When I changed the Carrot Bunny hoop size, the carrot was too close to the hoop on the bottom and the bunny was too close to the hoop on the top. When you click on the VP3 file to open, the designs are combined. I could move the set up, down, left or right but not each individual part of the design. If all I had was the edited VP3 file, I would have to start all over again merging the two images and making the edits.

By opening the BE file, both the bunny and the carrot can be selected individually.

Now, I can move the carrot up a bit and move the bunny down a bit. When edits are made, use the Save as Stitch and Working option. That way, you can still make changes to the BE file in the future if you so desire.


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  • Annie Calico - April 21, 2024

    You just cleared up SO much for me in about 1 minute. Thank you for saving me from searching for an answer all day!

  • Carol Sheehan - January 23, 2024

    Thank you for this information. I’m just starting to really get into learning more about embroidery. I have a special file I keep this info for reference. THANK YOU!

  • Lenore Ross - September 19, 2022

    Wonderful explanation. Thank You

  • Debbie Henry - April 07, 2021

    I learned the hard way, Kathy. Thanks for reading!

  • KATHY Y ALLBRITTON - April 05, 2021

    Thank you. I could not figure out the difference. Very glad to have this information.

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