File Formats

Embroidery File Formats that We Can Do

There are many different embroidery file formats for different commercial embroidery machines and home sewing machines. We can digitize most of them if not all. If there are any formats that we cannot do, chances are, your machine will support multiple formats and there will be one or more of those formats that we can do. This has always been the case in our practice, and we have almost never turned anyone away. Below is a list of the formats that we can do.

By Manufacturer

Machine Manufacturer File Format
Artista Design ART
Babylock, Brother, Deco PEC
Babylock, Brother, Deco PES
Barudan DSB
Barudan T03
Barudan U??
Compucon/Singer XXX
Explorations Templates AMT42
Explorations Projects ART42
Happy TAP
Hiraoka DAT DAT
Hiraoka VEP VEP
Husqvarna/Viking HUS
Husqvarna/Viking/Pfaff VIP
Janome/Elna/Kenmore JEF
Janome/Elna/Kenmore SEW
Melco CND
Melco EXP
Pfaff KSM
Pfaff PCD
Pfaff PCQ
Pfaff PCS
Pfaff T09
Poem, Huskygram, Singer CSD
Saurer SLC SAS
Tajima DST
Tajima T01
Time and Space MJD MJD
Toyota 10O
Wilcom EMB
Wilcom ESL ESL
Wilcom ESS ESS
Wilcom Plauen T10
Wilcom Saurer T15
Wings System NGS
Zangs T04

By Format

File Format Machine Manufacturer
10O Toyota
AMT42 Explorations Templates
ART Artista Design
ART42 Explorations Projects
CND Melco
CSD Poem, Huskygram, Singer
DAT Hiraoka DAT
DSB Barudan
DST Tajima
EMB Wilcom
ESL Wilcom ESL
ESS Wilcom ESS
EXP Melco
HUS Husqvarna/Viking
JEF Janome/Elna/Kenmore
KSM Pfaff
MJD Time and Space MJD
NGS Wings System
PCD Pfaff
PCQ Pfaff
PCS Pfaff
PEC Babylock, Brother, Deco
PES Babylock, Brother, Deco
T01 Tajima
T03 Barudan
T04 Zangs
T09 Pfaff
T10 Wilcom Plauen
T15 Wilcom Saurer
TAP Happy
SAS Saurer SLC
SEW Janome/Elna/Kenmore
U?? Barudan
VEP Hiraoka VEP
VIP Husqvarna Viking/Pfaff
XXX Compucon/Singer

Artwork File Formats that You Can Submit

We recommend that you prepare your artwork or ask your client to submit artwork in one of these formats:

  • JPG - good choice for images with many colors, photos, scanned images, etc.
  • PNG - ideal for designs with fewer colors, especially larger areas of solid colors. e.g. text, logo
  • PDF - we love this, especially if it is a vector file, meaning the artwork can be easily scaled without lossing quality.
  • EPS, AI, SVG - we also like these vector formats. Don't forget to convert fonts used in the design into outlines
  • Word Document - some clients do send these, it is ok. Just keep in mind that instead of embedding an image to a Word document that may lower its quality, you can just send that image.
  • TIFF, BMP - these will work, but the file size may be huge. Alternatively, JPG may be a better format to use.
  • PSD - Photoshop file is not ideal, it may show up differently on our computer especialy if it contains font layer. Please save it as JPG, PNG or PDF format.

If you've got a different format, send it anyway - we'll let you know if we can't open it.

Two important factors to consider - image size and file size. We suggest that you submit a relatively large image, ideally at 300dpi resolution (e.g. if the desired size is 3" x 3", at 300 dpi, the image size will be 900 x 900 pixels). However, please prepare a relatively smaller file size, recommended to be below 2MB. Again, keep in mind that generally JPG and PNG are good in compression, while TIFF and BMP may be 10 times larger in file size.