If you want to use a design that is not in your machine's format, you willÂ have toÂ use format converting software.Â That sounds a bit of a mouthful but it just means using a program like Embird to convert a design form one format to another so you can stitch it out.Â There are different ways of converting desings.
Embroidery Software Programs.
Sometimes your embroidery software program like PE-Design, Bernina Artista, Husqvarna etc will enable you to import designs inÂ a differentÂ format, and convert them to the one you need to use for that software.Â Â The choice of supported formats you can import is often limited to the most common ones like PES and HUS.Â Also you will only be able to convert, or save to, the format the embroidery software uses.
Embroidery Conversion Programs
There are different conversion programs available like BuzzTools and Embird which can convert to and from many different embroidery formats.Â
Embird is the most commonly used, and extremely popular.Â New users can download a free 30 day trial, and use it to convert to and from different embroidery formats within this time frame. We have a complete range ofÂ Embird tutorials available including a free guide on converting filesÂ here.Â You can see a full list of the formats Embird can support here.
Another alternative is to useÂ a reader/writer box such as the Magic Box, Ultimate Box or Amazing Box.Â Basically, these boxes allow you to load designs from a variety of sources (all popular brand embroidery cards, hard drive, floppy drive) and save them to a special re-writable memory card compatibleÂ with your machine format. The converted designs cannot be saved however, and will be over-written the next time you use the card.