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 Open.
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
I directed the
"open" box to that folder, and you can see that below.
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:
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.
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"
The Husqvarna/Pfaff software has trouble when opening DST files that have
more than 96 color changes. If you try, you'll get this
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).
If you have
questions about the above, let us know! Send an email to