Embroidery Library

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 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 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).

If you have questions about the above, let us know! Send an email to support@emblibrary.com.