Embroidery Machine File Formats Guide! [Brother, Janome, Babylock + more!]

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Confused about embroidery machine file formats? We don’t blame you! While it seems like there should be a universal file format for these machines – there is not. Annoyingly, many brands have their own preferred formats and some of them are harder to find designs for than others.

Here are the file types each machine can recognize.

Brother Embroidery File Format

Brother machines use the PES file format. If you have, or if you are looking to buy a brother embroidery machine, then you’ll be glad to know that this is one of the most widely used formats around and you should be able to find plenty of paid or free pes files to use.

However, Brother machines should also be able to make use of DST embroidery files. These are typically used on commercial machines like the Tajima, but your machine should read these as well.

Babylock Embroidery File Format

Babylock machines also use the PES file format. However, like Brother, they are also able to take advantage of DST format, but you may need to do some manually thread color adjustments on the screen for it to properly read them.

Janome Embroidery File Format

Annoyingly, Janome machines use their own proprietary format called JEF. This makes it much harder to find designs for the machine, and you may need to get your hands on a file converter to use a lot of designs, because they don’t always have JEF available.

Eversewn Embroidery File Format

Eversewn machines will read many embroidery formats! This includes PES, DST, EXP, and more – allowing you to use pretty much any design file with this machine.

Bernette Embroidery File Format

Bernette machines are unique in that they can use a LOT of different embroidery files! This includes PES, JEF, DST, and EXP. This gives you a lot of options when it comes to embroidery designs, and there’s no need to convert anything.

Bernina Embroidery File Format

Bernina uses EXP file format. They actually use three different files: EXP (the design itself), an INF file (for the thread colors), and a BMP, which is the image that shows up on the machine’s screen.

Singer Embroidery File Format

Singer uses the X X X format. However, most new singer machines will also recognize other formats like PES and DST too.

Husqvarna Embroidery File Format

Husqvarna uses the HUS file format. However, some newer machines can also use PES, DST, PEC, and other files – but this heavily depends on which machine you have. Annoyingly, you’ll have to look up your exact machine model to know for sure on this brand.

Pfaff Embroidery File Format

Pfaff machines use the PCS and VP3 file format. However, older machines may use the VIP format. Again, this brand depends on the specific model you have to know for sure, unfortunately.

PS. Have a great design that’s in the wrong format? I’ve just written a post that contains some great, easy to use, and FREE embroidery software for Mac and Windows which will allow you to save your designs as the correct format for your machine!

By Tanya Womack

Tanya is a stay at home mom who blogs online to earn a bit of extra income from her hobbies. She also loves working on projects which she can involve her two kids in and teach them the valuable life-skill of sewing.