There’re many types of embroidery file formats .that can be used in embroidery. Formats are the way in which an embroidery design is saved to be stitched out on a certain brand of embroidery machine. Embroidery machine brands need diff embroidery design file formats (such as pes., or art.)
The 3 main types of embroidery files formats:
- Expanded file formats
- Machine file formats
- Native file formats
Expanded file formats:
Some of the 1st expanded formats were .dst/tajima and .exp/melco. They’re still in use today .and almost each embroidery machine will read one of these 2 formats.
These files will always set to the default colors of your machine. So your pink pigs might default to green. If it is the 1st default color on your machine or within your software program.
In the changing process. They rarely get change from the original. They’re simply x and y movements. Many times when we turn from native to a home format .it is noticed that there may be a corrupted area. A patterned motif fill looks best on-screen. But then somehow changes .when it embroiders on the actual machine! When look for certain errors like this. Then we’ll always say that go to the expanded .dst or .exp file.
Machine file formats:
They’re the picked up formats today. As they do retain color info within the designs .they ensure that your pink pig always remains pink!
Here is a list .which should help you find out which format you need. For your type of embroidery machine:
|Machine brand||Embroidery file format|
|viking||Hus. & vp3. & vip|
|Brother / deco||Pes / pec|
|Pfaff||Pcd / pcm / pcs|
|Melco / bravo||Exp|
Native file formats:
These formats are made within the digitizing software .that you own. Many of them can’t be read in any embroidery machine. They’re specific .and made within the software program. After making a design in your embroidery software program as a native file. You often must then export it to a machine file format. That to be read on your embroidery machine.
The native file format formed by wilcom is called .emb. Which is now at hand within their embroidery software. For home embroiders. It is by far the most up to date file format at hand. The wilcom platform is both inbuilt and wise. As it puts the user in autopilot .and helps to choose the right properties to make the best designs. At click of a button. It resize designs, change cloth types .and it gives rise to object-based lettering . It is something the home industry has never seen until now. Being a wilcom user for years. We did find that their software was the clear diff b/w the home and commercial markets. As a legal wilcom reseller @ capital digitizing we’re delighted .as we get to see client’s faces. When we show them the automated features in wilcom .which they didn’t even know existed
Today we have wise and easy to use software at hand. That auto improves the running ability and stitch quality of designs.