If you have
embroidery software installed on your computer, then you can
use it to open embroidery designs. Reference the software's
instruction manual to find the steps. Usually the steps are as
simple as opening the software and choosing "file" and "open"
from the software's toolbar.
If you do NOT have
embroidery software installed on your computer, then do not
attempt to open embroidery designs on your computer.
embroiderers have problems opening designs, it's usually due
to one of these reasons:
Embroidery software is not installed on the computer.
If you want to
open designs on your computer, you need to have embroidery
software. If you don't have embroidery software on your
computer, then don't attempt to open designs.
There are many
different kinds of embroidery software programs. Wilcom's
TrueSizer is a free program. Embird is a low-cost program with
excellent editing capabilities. You may have heard of other
programs like PE Design, Buzz Tools, Palette, Bernina Editor,
Artlink, Customizer, Horizonlink, Husqvarna 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D.
There are dozens of programs that range in price and
software isn't pre-installed on a computer when you buy it.
It's something that's installed after. If you upgrade to a new
computer, remember to install your embroidery programs.
software programs cannot open zipped files. If yours cannot,
unzip the file and extract the embroidery design. Then use the
software to open the design.
Click here for instructions for unzipping on a PC, and
click here for instructions for unzipping on a Mac.
clicking on the design gives an error message.
double-click on a file, that sends a message to your computer
advising that you want to open the file. If your computer
doesn't know which program to use, it might choose something
basic, like Paint or Media Player or Adobe, or give you a
"Windows doesn't know which program to use to open the
design..." error message.
If you have
embroidery software installed on your computer, make sure your
computer has the correct "file association" between the file
and the software. For example, if I want to always open PES
files with Embird, I would set a "file association" in my
computer between Embird and the PES extension. Then, when I
double-click on a PES file to open it, my computer will use
Embird to open the file.
The steps for
setting a file association will vary depending on your
computer's operating system. In most instances you can right
click on a design that is on your computer, choose "open
with," and select the embroidery software that you have from
the list of recommended programs. Then, check the box that
says "always use the selected program to open this kind of