Opening Designs with 4D/5D/6D
The Husqvarna / Pfaff software is a powerful
and comprehensive program, and it can take months to learn all of the
features. This HELP page is a quick demonstration of how to open designs
and troubleshoot some common problems. Reference the software's manual
to explore the full capabilities of the program.
To open a design, begin by opening the software. Then, click File, and
A pop-up box will appear. Use the navigation tools on that box to find
the design on your computer. For example, I store designs in a folder on
my desktop, and the folder name is Embroidery Library Designs.
I directed the "open" box to that folder, and you can see that below.
Left-click on the design in the "open" window to highlight it, then
click the "open" button.
The Husqvarna / Pfaff software can open many
different formats -- DST, EXP, HUS, VIP, VP3, and others. But it can't
open a zipped file. If you try to open a zipped file, you'll get this:
Unzip designs before attempting to open
designs with the software, and everything should work fine.
Click here for instructions for unzipping on a PC, and
click here for instructions for unzipping on a Mac.
Oftentimes embroiderers change names of designs to suit their
categorization needs. The above design is called J6180.vip; after
downloading, you may wish to rename it. That's fine, but keep the file
extension intact; instead of naming it butterfly, name it butterfly.vip
(or similar). If you delete the file extension, you'll get that
"unrecognized file format" error message.
The Husqvarna / Pfaff software has trouble when opening DST files that
have more than 96 color changes. If you try, you'll get this message:
Use a different format, such as EXP, to get
around that error message. Or, use a different software that doesn't
have this color change limit (Embird is a good choice).
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