11 Best FREE Embroidery Software for Digitizing & Editing

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Free embroidery software is a good place to start when learning to digitize or edit embroidery designs. For basic design customization, thumbnail viewing, or file conversion, it might be all you need. 

After a year of using free programs myself, though, I ultimately decided to purchase software after doing every trial available. This is because premium software is much easier to use and produces better results for auto-digitizing and beginner manual design creation.

I don’t regret the time spent dabbling with the free options, though, because I learned exactly what I did and did not want when purchasing!

If you’re new to embroidery, below are my picks for the best free embroidery software.

Ink/Stitch is the best option for embroiderers who want to do it all, but it’s not a great fit for everyone. Thus, I’ll start with a quick description of the types of software available and then review the main features of each.

free embroidery software for digitizing and editing

Types of Free Embroidery Software

It’s important to know the different types of software available to differentiate between the free options. Some embroidery programs only perform one of the functions below, whereas more advanced programs perform most or all of them.

A. File Convertersembroidery file converter example

If you download an embroidery file in a format incompatible with your embroidery machine, you must convert it using a file converter.

For example, I have to use a file converter to convert the .jef files that I use on our library’s Janome machine to .pes files for my home Brother embroidery machine. 

Embroidery file conversion means only taking an embroidery design file of one machine’s format and converting it to another embroidery file format. This does NOT mean uploading a .jpg, .svg, or .png image file and converting it to an embroidery design file. 

B. Thumbnail Software

thumbnail software example

If you download machine embroidery designs on your computer, they display a generic icon rather than a design picture.

If you want your computer to display pictures of designs, you need to download embroidery thumbnail software.

C. Editing Software

editing example

Embroidery editing, or customizing, software allows users to alter and enhance pre-digitized designs loaded into the program.

I use editing software the most to resize designs the right way, split large designs into smaller pieces, and add knockdown stitches and embroidery basting boxes to designs.

Editing software also allows for thread color changes, basic editing of stitch properties, merging two or more designs, and much more.

D. Free Embroidery Digitizing Software

digitizing software example

There are two broad types of embroidery digitizing: auto-digitizing and manual digitizing.

  • Auto digitizing is done with the click of a button and a few parameter specifications, whereas manual digitizing takes time and expertise.
  • Manual digitizing, however, produces the best embroidery designs and is how professional, commercial digitizers produce images.

Regardless of the method, digitizing is the process of creating a new embroidery design either by using an image file (.svg, .png, .jpg, .bmp, for example) as a starting point or creating from scratch by hand.

Digitizing software is the most advanced software type. As such, there are only a few free embroidery software programs for digitizing manually, and there are no free auto-digitizing embroidery software options at the moment.

E. Font Programs

lettering software

While many editing and digitizing software have font capabilities, there is also software geared directly toward working with letters and fonts to form words, names, monograms, and more.

Depending on the program, you can use embroidery fonts that you’ve downloaded in .bx or design file formats, or you can convert .ttf or .otf font files from your computer to embroidery designs. TTF file conversion is kind of like auto-digitizing, which means you get so-so results.

Best Free Embroidery Software

While Ink/Stitch is arguably the best free embroidery software, it’s not always the best fit for every embroiderer.

Below, I’ll provide all the options, starting with the programs that offer the most functionality–but are more difficult to learn–and move on to easier-to-use programs that fulfill a smaller niche, such as thumbnails, basic editors, and embroidery file format converters.

After that, I’ve summarized programs with free trials, which is what I recommend if you seriously want to learn embroidery digitizing. (Or, if you want to digitize a few images and never digitize again.)

You also do not have to use the software brand that matches your machine’s brand. For instance, when I looked for free embroidery software for my Brother machine, I did not have to stick with just Brother embroidery software. 

Lastly, if you don’t have a computer, there are many free embroidery editing and digitizing apps you can check out for iPads, tablets, and mobile phones. 

1. Inkscape and Ink/Stitch

Inkstitch - best free digitizing software

The most complex and best free embroidery digitizing software is the Ink/Stitch extension of Inkscape.

Inkscape itself is an open-source vector graphics program that rivals Adobe Illustrator, a premier program for graphic designers.

I own a Cricut Maker and enjoy creating SVG files to use when cutting. SVG files are “scalable vector graphics” files, which contain more information than a regular JPG file.

The awesome thing about Inkscape is there’s the Ink/Stitch extension to help you digitize SVG files and create embroidery designs from scratch.

Ink/Stitch doesn’t have many built-in fonts, and there is a limit to what you can do with the software. However, it works with Macs, which is a huge plus, as that’s not the case with most software that only work for Windows-based computers.

The downside of Ink/Stitch is that if you have no idea what an object, path, or node is, you’ll have a tough time learning to use this program. 

I still create SVG files in Inkscape but no longer use Ink/Stitch. It turned out that things that are easily done with a click of a button in paid embroidery software required an hour of research into how to do them on Ink/Stitch. Ultimately, time is money.

Ink/Stitch Pros

  • Ability to create SVG files and embroidery files in the same program
  • By far the most extensive free digitizing software, and it allows users to split embroidery designs easily
  • Works with Mac without too much hassle.

Ink/Stitch Cons

  • VERY big learning curve for novices with no vector graphic experience. There are some great YouTube videos to help and an active Facebook group, though!
  • No dedicated support staff. You must use a forum for troubleshooting or rely on the Facebook group.
  • Simple tasks in other software are much less intuitive since the interface is geared toward vector graphics design creation rather than embroidery design creation.

2. dime Embroidery Toolshed

DIME Embroidery Tool Shed

Dime Embroidery Toolshed is a recent find that I’ve been excited to use!

It performs basic editing abilities like design resizing, template printing, file format conversion, and thread color changes. You can also cut and paste, mirror designs, and preview design stitch sequences. 

What’s fun is if you end up liking the free customization software, you can purchase compatible add-ons like Perfect Embroidery Pro, their professional embroidery digitizing software, and various modules like My Quilt Planner, My Emoji Stitches, etc. 

This software is made for Windows-based computers but runs on MAC using their downloadable dime MAC translator

3. 2Stitch Organizer

2stitch organizer

2Stitch Organizer is an embroidery program that allows you to view designs and their properties on your Windows or macOS computer.

You add your embroidery design folders into the program and then easily organize them. I tag mine by digitizer and theme.

There is a GREAT search function if you spend the time tagging and giving your designs extra information in the Notes section.

My favorite part, though, is you can also search by maximum hoop size. This filters out large designs and is helpful for those of us with small embroidery machines!

If you also click “Reveal in Explorer” when you right-click on a design, you will be taken to the location on your computer where the file is saved. This helps me find designs that I want to delete or move to different folders on my computer.

4. SophieSew Embroidery Digitizing Software

sophiesew embroidery software

SophieSew used to be one of the best free embroidery digitizing software, but development was stopped in 2013 when the creator reported health problems. The website no longer exists as of 2023, but you can still find downloads on third-party software sites. 

It is a manual digitizing software that allows you to create your own embroidery designs and edit existing designs.

If you’re willing to overlook its buggy behavior and limitations compared to more updated embroidery software, give SophieSew a try! A few times, when I tried to design in SophieSew, I ended up with fatal errors (see above.)

There are several YouTube videos you’ll find to give you a tutorial of use, but if you’re not graphics-savvy, this won’t be easy to learn.

It is sad that development stopped and tutorials are sparse. This program had so much potential as a user-friendly alternative to Ink/Stitch. That being said, this is the only other free software that allows for digitizing. So, it’s worth a try if you don’t like Ink/Stitch.

5. Embrilliance Express

Embrilliance Express free embroidery font software

Embrilliance embroidery software is arguably the most popular embroidery software. It comes in different modules and allows you to purchase as you go.

The most basic paid module is Embrilliance Essentials for basic editing and customization, while the most complex module is Stitch Artist 3, a top-tier digitizing program.

One good thing about Embrilliance is they have free demo software to try before you buy. However, the downfall is you can’t save any of your work until you purchase the program.

If you want to save work and are interested in using fonts, Embrilliance Express is a free software download that helps you work with .bx fonts.

With .bx fonts and Embrilliance Express, you use your keyboard to type the letters rather than importing them one by one using embroidery software that lets you merge designs. This is a great option if you use lettering regularly. (Here are some places with free .bx embroidery fonts!)

6. My Editor

my editor free embroidery software

My Editor has very basic design editing abilities, but it is a good place to start, especially if you really only want to merge or resize designs.

You can convert files from one format to another, change colors, and rotate designs. It even prints a template of your design to help you later line up and center it on your embroidery blank.

The one weird thing about My Editor was it converted several files on my computer to .ngs format (their native software format) from the .pes I had. It turns out I selected one of the wrong stipulations about how it would handle .ngs formats when I downloaded the program, so be careful to read the prompts when installing!

7. Bernina Artlink 8

bernina artlink free download

Bernina Artlink 8 is another basic editing software with capabilities similar to those of the other free embroidery programs on this list. It’s just the teaser for Bernina’s full embroidery software package.

Artlink allows for basic design resizing, rotation, and even mirroring. You can combine embroidery designs, change thread colors, convert designs from one file format to another, and simulate a stitch out of the design.

If you have a Bernina embroidery machine, this is a good place to start if you want very basic editing software.

8. Premier+ 2 Embroidery Software

Premier+ 2 Embroidery is part of an impressive suite of embroidery software. While you can’t access much of the software for free, you can use basic features. It is fairly easy to use, but your options are minimal.

In my opinion, this one is not worth downloading unless you are considering purchasing the entire software later. And, from what I can tell, the Premiere+ flagship software is being replaced by mySewnet cloud-based software (more on this later) and will ultimately be retired. You can still download the Premier+ 2 free version, though.  

9. StitchBuddy

Stitch Buddy HD

If you’re looking for free embroidery software for an iPad, check out StitchBuddy’s free machine embroidery editing software, which works on Apple computers, iPhones, and iPads. 

This program allows viewing, editing, and embroidery file conversion. Merging designs, changing thread colors, performing minor edits on existing designs, and even printing designs and templates are also among its functions.

It is NOT a digitizing software, though. 

Using StitchBuddy HD is free until you want to save designs over 1,000 stitches, in which case you must make an in-app purchase. 

10. Embroidery Explorer

embroidery explorer software

Embroidery Explorer is essentially a free embroidery thumbnail software and a great option to use for organizing embroidery files

As I mentioned earlier, thumbnail software means your computer displays an image of the embroidery design either as a drawing or a stitch simulation rather than its default icon.

You can also view information about your embroidery files, such as stitch count, design size, thread colors, and also see a slow stitch out of the design within this program.

11. Embroidermodder 2

Embroidermodder 1 emerged in the mid-2010s but was not updated after 2014. (So, don’t download that version.)

However, in December 2021, two of the developers picked Embroidermodder back up and released a timetable for the release of Embroidermodder 2. As of August 2023, Embroidermodder 2.0.0-alpha has been released, but the developers warn that it’s still in alpha pre-release and NOT ready for serious use.

Several features are currently broken, but wait patiently, as this software has the potential to be awesome when all the bugs and kinks are finally worked out!

Embroidery Viewer

The Embroidermodder Team actually has a great embroidery app called Embroidery Viewer, though, in the Google Play Store, which allows you to view embroidery files on your phone. (I do recommend that app!)

Embroidery Digitizing Software Free Trials

If you’ve found free software too difficult to learn or think it doesn’t do what you want, below are embroidery software options that offer free trials with the ability to save. (I also have another post detailing what I feel are the best embroidery software choices to investigate if looking to purchase.)

While these software aren’t technically free, you can use them for no cost during their trial period.

*Note that Embird and Embrilliance also have free trials, but you cannot save files. Same with Brother’s embroidery software where you don’t have any saving abilities until you purchase. Here’s the free trial for Brother PE-Design 11 if you want to try it out.

A. SewWhat-Pro and SewArt

sew what pro software

SewWhat-Pro is an embroidery editing and customization software that is very affordable. It offers a 30-day free trial with saves up to 3 colors.

I’ve written a quick Sew What Pro review + tutorial if you want to get a sneak peek of its offerings. I also have a tutorial on how to make monograms from .ttf fonts using Sew What Pro. This is what I started with before upgrading later. 

Then , SewArt is the companion embroidery digitizing software to SewWhat-Pro. It is an auto-digitizing software, so you are limited in what you can digitize and how effective it will be.

The results are fairly good for simple clip-art images and logos! However, it’s not a program that lets you create complicated designs from scratch. You always have to input an image into the program to start the digitizing process.

This is a great option for beginners without aspirations of ever selling designs.

B. Hatch 3 Embroidery Software

hatch embroidery software

Don’t forget to check out the Hatch free 30-day trialHatch has 4 different modules that build upon one another and can be purchased separately.

I have Hatch Digitizer, which lets me do pretty much everything I want. (It’s not cheap, though!) There is also Hatch Organizer, Hatch Personalizer, and Hatch Embroidery Composer. Composer allows for auto-digitizing, so if you do not want to do much manual creation, this is all you need.

C. mySewnet

mySewnet Embroidery software

SVP’s mySewnet works wirelessly with compatible machines (select Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff, for example) and has a free option but very limited functions. 

However, their higher-tier embroidery digitizing programs include a 30-day free trial. And, sporadic digitizers can save money by taking advantage of its monthly subscription option. 

You can also use mySewnet’s Quick Font lettering software (only free with Sewnet-enabled machines), which converts computer fonts into embroidery designs. 

D. EmbroideryWare

embroideryware embroidery software review
EmbroideryWare is a full-featured embroidery digitizing program that offers a 30-day free trial. I found it as difficult to use as Ink/Stitch, although it has many more features.

EmbroideryWare also does not offer auto-digitizing, so only look into it if you’re serious about manually creating your own images. It does have a helpful Facebook group and a slew of YouTube videos, though.

 

Now, as you download and learn to use all these programs, remember that learning to digitize embroidery designs takes substantial time. So, don’t give up if it seems confusing at first!

Also, for beginners to machine embroidery, here are other helpful posts: choosing the the best computers for embroidery software and where to find free embroidery designs.

50 Comments

  1. Thank you so very much for this information very much needed I have absolutely no idea of what I’m doing I am 62 years old and will be retiring next month that is my plan I purchase the ricoma EM 1010 embroidery machine in January 2021 as well as lots of threads bobbins needles etc and barely started training but got stuck can’t seem to get it out of one mode but anyway I’m waiting for support to reach out to me but I appreciate your input and given this information because I know absolutely nothing about this and this is what I want to do during retirement thank you so very much you are truly appreciated thank you and have a wonderful wonderful day

  2. Thank you…this has been a great help. I need to practice so I need all the help I can get to become familiar and competent with the various software available.

  3. This information was incredible and I appreciate the time and energy it took for you to review these different programs. I will never be a commercial embroiderer, but do have big plans to do lots of monogramming.
    Monograms and Greek letters for the sororities! Yay, so it looks like there probably are too options that will work the best for me and thanks to your information you probably have saved me hours of needless running around. Thanks so much again, Sandy

      1. Hello Aly,
        I have a 9700 MC Janome that I bought years ago when pregnant with my son. I don’t want to get rid of it but can’t find a version of customiser software anywhere. I love this article but wondered if any of the software you mentioned I could use on this fabulous old machine.
        Thank you, Katie (really appreciate any advice)

        1. All the software that I mentioned in the post are software for a computer, tablet, or phone. So, with them, you would be able to create and edit designs using a device, and then you could save them in a Janome-compatible file format. 
          As for then getting the designs to your embroidery machine, that’s something I’d chat with Janome or your dealer about. Newer machines use USB or WiFi design transfer, which is simple, thanks to current technology. However, if your machine only has a card reader or a transfer method older than that, none of the software I mention will install on your machine and thus can’t help with the transfer. 

      2. Great information. I am 100% new to embroidery and not quite familiar with all the terms, but cannot understand if Stitch Buddy for Mac is capable of splitting designs so I can use the larger repositional 4 x 6 on my Brother SE625 4×4 embroidery machine. Am I misunderstanding due to terminology? Thanks for your help!

        1. I’m not as familiar with that program since I’m a PC/Android user, but I don’t *think* it has a function to easily split designs for you at this point.

          That being said, it’s free to download the software and play with it, so you can test it out to confirm.

          (Also, maybe someone else with more familiar with Mac OS and this program may chime in on this question to help you more)

  4. Thank you so much for your post. I recently purchased a Brother PE 525 and having serious problems converting my files from jpg to either day or pes format.
    Thank you again

  5. Thank you so much for your valuable information. I am s newbie to Embroidery with a Baby lock Flourish ll and can’t wait to get started but just in the process of taking the classes that are available with the machine. Very overwhelming.

    1. Best wishes with your embroidery journey! There is a steep learning curve at the beginning, but once you get over it, it’s usually smooth sailing from there 🙂

  6. Hi, can you tell me which auto digitizing software is best for outline images(photo sketch).
    thank you so much for the info.

  7. I would like to know what
    I can use Embird with. I have a Singer Futura CE200 but I’m having a few issues. Had the machine for 16 years. Since I already bought Embird for $350. What other machine can i use it on please. Or I need a CD to download Futura as I lost mine.

    1. Embird works for almost any embroidery machine as it goes on your computer. Simply save designs in the file format your machine requires. Then transfer the design to your machine (however this is done: cd, USB, cord, etc)

  8. Thank you for showing the 2stitch organizer. I have so many embroidery patterns but I organized by creator, now I forget who I bought from and it is hard to find what I want to make.

  9. What software did you end up purchasing? I just purchased a 10 needle Brother machine, I have to say that I have some buyers remorse. I work a full-time job and am overwhelmed by the steep learning curve you talked about. My goal is to embroider and sell tea towels when I retire…keeping positive that I can learn to embroider on this machine!

    1. I first purchased SewWhat-Pro and SewArt, which were great, but I wanted more digitizing capabilities. I ended up later purchasing Hatch Digitizer, and I love it! It was much more intuitive to me than most of the other programs available, so the learning curve was slightly less steep…but it still took a significant effort on my part to become proficient at digitizing!

  10. Hi Aly,
    Great article full of much need information. I purchased SewWhat Pro and SewArt. They work great for my needs. I have a favor. I noticed when talking about 2Stitch Organizer you have a picture of 4 swirl Christmas trees (10500 pes); can you please tell me where to purchase this design. I inherited a partially completed project with this design on it. Would love to complete the projects. Thank you for all your help and inspiration.
    julie

  11. Hi Aly,
    Thank you so much for all this helpful information.
    Could you please tell me which free editing program could help me split a design? And how your experience was in putting it together, while embroidering it on a piece of fabric?
    Since my max hoop is 4×4 and I would love making bigger designs sometimes.
    I use my editor for taking pieces of a design out, but I have only had succes in the designs which weren’t continues. So far it works with flowers and such. But not yet with a redwork design.

    Thanks you for your answer and all the good work and it is very inspiring to see these tutorials and information on your website,

    Greetings Harmanna

    1. Hi Harmanna, have you tried using InkStitch to split a design? There are several YouTube videos out there showing the process, and once you’ve done it a few times, it’s pretty easy to do for most designs. (Applique, in-the-hoop, etc., not so much!)

      Once you learn how to split the design, one easy way to embroider a split design is to use a repositionable or multipositional hoop. There is a 6.75″x4″ hoop for Brother 4×4 machines that makes it where you don’t have to rehoop fabric but rather just move the position of the hoop on the embroidery arm. This was always my go-to option when embroidering a design this size on my 4×4 machine! (So much more accurate and easier than rehooping the fabric.)

  12. Thank you for all your time explaining about these programs. I’m a newbie to machine embroidery, but it all seems so fascinating, it makes me want to do it all. I recently purchased a ITH designs without paying attention to its size. My largest hoop size is 6×10. I have a NQ3600D. Is it possible to split the design, it is a crossbody bag that calls for a 9×12 hoop. I have searched online for an answer but so far no results. I did email the company but they said it wouldn’t be possible to resize to a smaller hoop. Thank you for your knowledge, I really enjoy your column.

    1. In-the-hoop projects are notoriously difficult (and most often impossible) to split, unfortunately. You can always try contacting the company also to see if they have any specific suggestions for the design you purchased. Sorry you’re having this issue!

  13. Try stitchmagical.com if you have a Brother or BabyLock embroidery machine. It’s an autodigitizer website that will easily convert your jpeg and png images into .pes files. While it remains in Open Beta it is free to use and I think you’ll enjoy making your own embroidery patterns with this website. Hope you like it as much as I do. Happy making!

  14. Thank you Ally for providing this information. I have an Elna 830L and just started reading the manual of the brother P-E DESIGN 11. There is so much to learn. Have a wonderful day!

  15. I think one is missing. Floriani Creative Express. It has a bit of a learning curve, but it has some nice features, for free.

    1. Hi there, I’ve never heard of Bernina Artscape before, but Artlink is a free Bernina software. You can trial their more fully-fledged digitizing software if you want, but Artlink should remain free even after any other trial periods are exhausted.

  16. I am new to Embroidery have Elna 820 which came with lots of images … I bought a load and Digitizer Jnr Janome Software … and stock USB stick with lots of designs … I want to put some designs on USB Stick in my Elna to Embroider but what File format does machine need ? is it Jan or EMB OR ??? My brains getting scrambled HELP ? 🙂 interesting reading above

    1. Most Elna machines I’ve encountered use JEF files, but check your user manual to be sure.

      JAN and EMB are native file formats for your software. You will need to export any JAN or EMB designs in the correct machine file format for your Elna (which is likely JEF, but again, check the manual.)

  17. I see that my message left. I am wondering, you talk about trying different free software, do you have to put it in multiple times. the software are different companies. do you have to enter (the design)
    multiple times.

    1. Each software that you want to try, you have to entire the design into each one. You will have to download each software and try each one out independently.

  18. Hi I have been using a Pantograms sew easy program with rainbow technology. I use it mainly for names and my tower went down, I dont have the CD only the security key so I cant transfer it to another pc. Is there a free program that you could recommend for me please. I dont want to design any badges just really names. I also loved the free designs I got with sew easy device.

    Thank you in advance

    jackie

    1. When you design names, are you looking to digitize/create your own fonts, or do you plan to use fonts that others have created to simply put letters together to form names to stitch?

  19. Hi Aly. Thank you for all the excellent and thorough information! I did download My Editor. I had Wilcom True Sizer before, and I really like the stitch player feature. I can’t seem to find that feature in My Editor. Do you know if My Editor has that and I’m just not seeing it? Does one of the other platforms that you know of offer that feature? Thank you in advance.
    EM Z

    1. Yes, My Editor has a stitch simulation feature that will allow you to watch the design as it “stitches” out.

  20. Hi I would like to get into digitizing for my own emboidery business. I would like to create emboidery files from vectors or images. However I have no idea what to start with. What would you recommend?

    1. If you plan to manually digitize, I recommend purchasing digitizing software if you have the budget. Ink/Stitch is one of the few free digitizing software, but it has a steeper learning curve than premium software like Hatch or Embrilliance.

  21. hi there and ty for ur post on embroidery digitizing i have pratcially read all the way through this but i have a ?? does these software program work with the silver ch01 the program is EZ but im well confused how to get it onto my usb stick many thanks

    1. If you already have a design on your computer in a file format compatible with your CH01, you only need to transfer that file to the USB using your computer, and then stick the USB in your machine–no need for embroidery software. Of course, I guess you can take an extra step and open the file in embroidery software and then ‘Save As’ to your USB if you don’t know how to transfer designs between your computer files and your USB drive.
      If you want to create a design from scratch, you can use any digitizing software and save the new design in a file format compatible with your machine. If you want to save directly onto a USB rather than a file on your computer, you can do that as well.
      Does that help clarify?

  22. This information is amazing & Im not even a newbie! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this, was so nice of u!

  23. This is awesome, I was looking for some free embroidery digitizing software and now I can practice. Once I know how to digitize I can purchase a good machine to go along with it.

  24. Hi Aly
    Very, very useful article. To all newbies, do please stick with the ‘learning curve’ on whichever software programme you try. It takes a while but is well worth it for producing your very own individual embroidery designs as well as changes to existing designs.

  25. I use Sophie Sew and many other Window software and games on my LINUX UBUNTU computer. So easy.
    Download and install the software WINE STABLE. It will then make a hidden file .WINE. To view .WINE set your files to view hidden files. You will find Wine in the “Show Applications” To run the Window software left click on the App but sometimes you have to run it with a right mouse click. It work with hundreds of Window software on Linux Ubuntu.

  26. I have a few free embroidery programs on my PC. When I download a design and then choose it to work with it, one of my software programs opens up to work with it. It seems that software hijacks the design and I don’t always want to use that particular software.How can I prevent that from happening? If I uninstall the software, will I lose all the designs I have downloaded when using them there?

    1. If you right click on a design, you can then click “Open With” and select the software you want to work with (It may show up automatically or you may need to click ‘Choose an app on your PC’ and browse to the program’s location.) You can also go in and set your default apps by file type on your computer to where your chosen software opens all embroidery files. Depending on which version of Windows you have, the steps to do this could be slightly different.

      Also, if you have your embroidery designs stored in a separate and unassociated folder on your computer, uninstalling the software you don’t like to use should not delete them. If you worked with a design, though, and then saved it in a native software file format (ex. EMB for Hatch/Wilcom, .NGS for Wings, BX for Embrilliance fonts, etc.), you will not be able to open that file in any other software . So, just make sure you have machine file formats saved (Ex: PES, HUS, JEF, etc.)

      However, if you’re worried the files might delete, just copy them to a USB drive, and you’ll have that backup as you uninstall your software in case anything goes wonky!

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