Which format should I
A "format" is the language that an embroidery machine can read. If
you're not sure which format your machine uses, check your machine's
user manual, or with the person that sold you the machine, or the
company that makes your machine. You can also order the
Free Designs, download those in multiple formats, and test the
different formats in your machine to see which works best.
Below is a partial (and growing!) list of machine makes and models, and
the formats that we recommend.
If you do not see your machine listed here, that means that we do not
have that information available. When you find out the format that your
machine uses, send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org with your machine type and the format, and
will gladly update this page.
(ESL, BLR, BLG)
Bernina Artista 430,
Bernina Artista 830
Bernina Artista 730
EXP or ART
Bernina Deco 340
ART or PES
PES or DST
Brother PC (all
Brother SE (all
Husqvarna/Viking Designer 1
SHV (Embroidery Library does not offer SHV format. You
convert to SHV from DST or VIP using
Embird or the Viking
Husqvarna/Viking Designer II
VIP (The SE
can read a variety of formats, but VIP format is recommended).
Husqvarna/Viking Rose, Iris, 1+
VIP or DST
JEF or DST
FHE (Embroidery Library does not
offer FHE format. The Futura software can convert from DST, EXP,
HUS, PES, and JEF; we recommend DST).