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What Design Files Can I Use in my Machine?

Machine Embroidery Design

What Design Files Can I Use in my Machine?
PES. VP3. XXX. What do they all mean? Every embroidery machine brand supports a particular design format characterized by different three-letter file extensions. The little three-letter extension on the end of embroidery design files makes a big difference. If you have a Husqvarna Viking machine (HUS) and you buy a Janome (JEF) embroidery design, your machine won’t recognize it. If the embroidery file isn’t compatible with your machine, you won’t be able to use it unless you have conversion software.

.ART, Bernina Artista
.DST, Tajima*
.EXP, Melco, DOS expanded
.EXP, Bernina USB
.HUS, Husqvarna Viking
.JEF, Janome
.PCS, Pfaff
.PES, Baby Lock, Bernina Deco, Brother
.SEW, Janome, Elna, Kenmore
.VIP,Pfaff 2140, Husqvarna/Viking
.VP3, Pfaff, Husqvarna/Viking
.XXX, Singer XL
*Most machines can read DST files in addition to their own. It is still important to know which design types work with your machine as you may only want to keep those design files and delete the rest.
One of the best features of computerized machine embroidery is that even novices can easily create beautiful applique the first time out. What once would have taken days to create by hand can now be stitched by machine in minutes with a few easy-to-follow steps.

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What is Applique?

Machine Embroidery Design

What is Applique?
If you can follow directions, change thread, and trim fabric, you can create beautiful applique! This site has some of the most adorable applique designs I have ever stitched so, truly, the most difficult part is choosing which design to stitch next!

The word applique means “to place upon.” Everywhere an embroidery design features applique, you will need to place a piece of fabric that will be attached to the hooped base fabric.
Every applique design consists of five primary procedures: placement, tack-down, trim, embellishment, and finishing stitches. Some designs only have one set of placement/tack-down/trim color stops. Other designs have several sets, one for each area of applique.

Color stops are placed in the design sequence so you are able to stop stitching long enough to place or trim applique fabrics.

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Resources For Help With Your Embroidery Machine

Machine Embroidery Design

Resources For Help With Your Embroidery Machine

There many, many embroidery machines available on the market today. Each brand has several different models. Therefore, it is not possible for us to know the ins and outs of every machine. Furthermore, not all machines have the same process for transferring designs to USB media for your machine.

First, almost all embroidery machine dealers offer initial free lessons with the purchase of a machine. We highly encourage you to take advantage of these lessons if you have not already done so. One of the many wonderful benefits of purchasing your machine from a reputable dealer, is the support they can offer you in getting to know your machine. Therefore, if you have questions on how to use your machine, please use your dealer as a resource and give them a call. I am sure they will be glad to help!

Below we have provided you with several links and resources to hopefully get you going in the right direction.

SINGER EMBROIDERY MACHINES

BROTHER EMBROIDERY MACHINES
SUPPORT
https://www.brother-usa.com/brother-support

BABYLOCK EMBROIDERY MACHINES

Manuals to all machines:
https://babylock.com/support/software-updates