Downloading Your Files
Zipping and Unzipping
The majority of our designs are compressed. You must be able to unzip the designs prior to use. To do so you must have appropriate software installed on your computer. Refunds will not be issued due to inability to unzip.
Right-click on the zip file to select the option for opening (extract, decompress, and unzip are the most frequently seen options), take note of the location the files will be saved, then click Open.
Applique and Embroidery
We now publish 9 formats for our embroidery and applique designs: DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PEC, PES, VP3, VIP, XXX. Some of our older designs may not have all 9 formats published. To request a design be updated to include any of these formats, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our Contact Form.
These designs are not hand embroidery or appliqué designs nor are they finished patches. Thus, you must have a computerized embroidery machine in order to use our designs.
All placement and tack down steps are completed before the satin stitch. Steps are separated by color changes. Please do not color sort or combine colors. If you are using a multi-needle machine, please set it to stop for color changes. Exceptions are clearly marked and usually occur when an element is intended to appear behind another element and those two elements are two different colors. (Eg.: A turtle’s legs meant to appear to be underneath a turtle’s shell.) Some of our older designs were separated by Stop commands instead of color changes. This may cause extra jump stitches on some machines. If you notice extra jump stitches please email email@example.com or fill out our Contact Form. Please review the file in your software before stitching it out.
The electronic cutter designs are for a desktop plotting machine such as a Cricut Explore or Silhouette machines. (Most can also be printed and cut by hand. If the design can be cut by hand it will be noted in the listing.) These designs comes in three different file formats (four if the hand cutting option is available):
❤ SVG – for Cricut Explore (using Cricut Design Space), Brother, and various other machines
❤ STUDIO – for Silhouette machines
❤ DXF – for use with various other machines and software such as Graphtec and autoCAD
If hand cutting options are available the download will either include a PDF or instructions on how to use the SVG to print.
Use your cutting machine’s software to resize the cutting template as needed. Make sure to scale all the pieces equally and proportionally so that they will still fit together correctly.
We do not offer ART files at this time. Most Bernina machines will read PES and EXP files. Newer machines may also read DST files. Older machines such as the Bernina Artista 170E / 180E, Bernina Artista 185 QEE, Bernina Artista 200E, Bernina Artista 165E (Heritage Edition), and the Bernina Aurora 435 may only read ART files. If you do not have the appropriate software to open these files, you may try downloading Bernina Artlink. Please consult your manufacturer or retailer for more information about the file formats compatible with your device.