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How to Change the Format on Embroidery Designs

by Kellyn Goeken

Machine embroidery can be a useful and rewarding pastime. You can use the craft to enrich your own life, and give the finished projects as gifts. Occasionally, you might get a design file that isn't in the right format for your embroidery machine. If you have an Internet connection or a little money for a special program, you can quickly convert that design into the right file format.

Convert an Embroidery File Online

Step 1

Search your favorite search engine for a website that will convert embroidery files for you. Sites such as EmbroideryDesigns.com and Data7Consultancy.com do this for free.

Step 2

Upload the file that you need converted, following the website's instructions.

Step 3

Save the new file to your computer when you receive it from the conversion service. You may wait as long as a few days, or as little as a few seconds. Some companies can convert files instantly, while others have to do it manually.

Insert the file into your machine and do a test stitch-out to ensure proper conversion.

Convert an Embroidery File With a Program

Step 1

Open the conversion program of your choice. Data7Consultancy.com has a free trial of embroidery conversion software for download, as does Embird.com.

Step 2

Open the file you need converted.

Step 3

Save the file in the correct format by clicking "Save As" and selecting the correct format in the drop-down menu.

Insert the file into your machine and do a test stitch-out to ensure proper conversion.

Items you will need

  • Embroidery conversion program

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