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
.EXP, Melco, DOS expanded
.EXP, Bernina USB
.HUS, Husqvarna Viking
.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.