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
Most of our embroidery and applique designs are available in 8 formats: DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PEC, PES, VP3, XXX. Some of our designs may include more or less formats. The formats available for each design will be listed in the product description. If you have any questions about a specific design format, please email email@example.com or fill out our Contact Form.
These designs are not intended for hand embroidery or hand appliqué, nor are they finished patches or products. 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. (E.g.: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our Contact Form. Please review the file in your software before stitching it out.
A Note About ART Files
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.
The electronic cutter designs (SVG files) are meant for use with a desktop plotting machine such as a Cricut Explore or Silhouette machines. Some paper craft designs may come in PDF format. These are meant for printing and, if applicable, hand cutting. Sizes and colors cannot be changed on PDF designs, however many are formatted to print on the colored paper of your choice.
With a printer and photo transfer paper you can also use SVG designs as an iron on decal without a cutting machine. You can also edit the size and color of the SVG design. Additionally, for paper crafters, some designs can be printed to be cut by hand. (Please note that certain design elements that are intricate or small may not lend themselves to hand cutting).
Instructions on how to edit and print the SVG design (both for print and for hand cutting) can be found HERE:
Cutting machine designs comes in three different file formats:
❤ SVG – for Cricut Explore (using Cricut Design Space), Silhouette, Brother, and various other cutting machines, and fully editable for print
❤ PNG – non-cuttable image for reference and print (colors cannot be changed)
❤ DXF – for use with various other machines and software such as Graphtec and autoCAD
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.