Embird 2019 – Manager and Editor

All Embird programs are Windows applications and are available in FREE demo versions. They switch into fully enabled versions after registration is purchased and entered to the programs.

Basic Embird program resizes, splits, edits, displays, prints and converts embroidery designs.

There are several optional plug-in programs and alphabets available for Embird, expanding its capabilities with digitizing, lettering, cross stitch designs, conversion of TrueType fonts into embroidery, etc.

Use of demo version is limited to 30 days or 100 runs. After this period, you must register your copy to use it further. The unregistered demo version has limited functionality.

  • Converts designs to and from many embroidery and quilting file formats.
  • Supports many hoop types and sizes.
  • Processes designs in ZIP and RAR archives
  • Displays designs in 1:1 scale and other scales.
  • Displays also images – digital photos (.JPG, .TIF, etc.) and allows to sort them.
  • Creates (displays, prints and saves into .BMP or .JPG file) various types of design documentation, including animated .GIFs and screen saver.
  • Provides photo-realistic 3D preview of designs in order to enable assigning of proper colors to needles and to check the design without actual embroidering.
  • Contains many threads catalogs and finds thread closest to chosen color.
  • Reads and writes designs stored on memory cards, floppy, USB or hard disks in various embroidery formats.
  • Allows user to organize designs by copying them to new folders
  • Supports Amazon and Azure cloud storage.
  • Provides separate File Commander window for convenient file management.

Embird Editor
  • Allows user to insert and delete colors in a design.
  • Joins and splits designs. Interactive free hand splitting and automatic splitting are supported.
  • Moves, resizes with density adjustment, centers, mirrors, rotates and skews designs or their parts.
  • Allows user to edit individual stitches or parts of design.
  • Allows user to change the stitch order of design parts.
  • Allows user to reduce the number of colors
  • Simulates sewing of design, even in 3D mode.
  • Sorts colors smartly.
  • Prints templates in 1.1 scale on multiple sheets.
  • Insert text in various predigitized fonts and layouts.
  • Inserts Font Engine text automatically converted from TrueType or Open Type fonts.
  • Join and split designs. Interactive free-hand splitting is supported.
  • Imports design from Embird Studio, Embird Cross Stitch and Sfumato Stitch programs to save them in appropriate file format.


What’s New in Embird 2019



  • Fixed issue with Pfaff .SPX format
  • Fixed issue with Property Sheet icon handler
  • Fixed issue with transparent .PNG file
  • Dashed jump stitches in 3D view mode


  • Fix to lettering mode (alphabets)
  • Enhancement to auto-column tool
  • Enhancement to lettering from Font Engine

Version 2018
Changes from version 2017

  • Basic Embird program now allows to quickly digitize simple designs – just by double-click on the image in background in Editor. Find more details below in “EDITOR” section.
  • New free designs included with Embird.
  • New format .ZHS (Zeng Hsing) is now supported in Embird.
  • If you double-click some color of design shown on Middle Panel, the popup menu appears for this color allowing to make operation with this color – change it, choose new from thread catalog, etc.
  • If you send some design using “Right Panel > Internet > Send Files in Attachment of E-mail”, it is now possible to switch ON “Add Thumbnail Image” option. This will attach small preview thumbnail image of design being sent, together with description of its properties – size, stitch count, color count, thread changes, etc. Tip: Send such an e-mail to your own e-mail address, which is accesible via web (e.g to your account at gmail.com) and you will have your design file available on any device which has access to your email account. This way it is possible to build whole archive (and back-up) of your designs in your web e-mail box.
  • New option added: “Options > Settings > Automatically Send Files in Attachment of E-mail”. If ON, the e-mail is automatically composed whenever a new file is being saved in Embird – e.g. after saving in Editor, or converting design in Manager.
  • If you double-click some color of design shown on work area, the popup menu appears for this color allowing to make operation with this color – change it, choose new from thread catalog, delete it, separate, split before or after, etc.
  • If you import an image to Editor via “Image > Open” menu, and you double-click some area of solid color in this image, the contours of this area would be recognized and it is possible to fill them with stitches. It is possible to create brand new designs in Editor with several double-clicks. No other Embird plug-in registration is required for this operation. Find more details in new tutorial “Double-click to Stitch in Editor”.
  • If you send some design using “File > Send in Attachment of E-mail”, it is now possible to switch ON “Add Thumbnail Image” option. This will attach small preview thumbnail image of design being sent, together with description of its properties – size, stitch count, color count, thread changes, etc.
  • New command “Insert > Effect” added to Editor. See tutorial “Insert Effect” to find more information.
  • Menu “Insert > Basting Stitches” now allows to insert various types of basting stitches – ellipse, circle, etc. See tutorial “Fill Closed Contours (advanced)”.
  • New command “Image > Convert to Contours” added.
  • New commands “Edit > Split/Join > Separate All Colors” and “Edit > Split/Join > Separate All Items” added, allowing to separate either all colors in selected design, or all items (split on every jump, trim and color change code).
  • Support of SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics Format) in “main menu > Design > Import Vector File” function
  • Enhancement to column compilation
  • Enhancement to Font Engine objects compilation
  • Enhancement to auto-column compilation
  • Enhancement to fill compilation
  • Faster rendering of font list
  • New hoops added
  • Enhancement to import of vector graphics
Cross Stitch
  • Now it is possible to Insert Outline and Insert Cross Outline only inside, only outside, or to both sides.
  • New hoop were added (for .ZHS format):

Zeng Hsing HS10 40 x 40 mm
Zeng Hsing HS20 100 x 100 mm
Zeng Hsing HR30 170 x 110 mm – Horizontal
Zeng Hsing HR30 110 x 170 mm – Vertical
Zeng Hsing HR40 250 x 160 mm – Horizontal
Zeng Hsing HR40 160 x 250 mm – Vertical
Zeng Hsing HR50 305 x 160 mm – Horizontal
Zeng Hsing HR50 160 x 305 mm – Vertical

Embird Studio

Studio 2019 is a Digitizing Plug-in for Embird Software.

While the basic Embird program works mostly with stitch files, Studio uses vector objects for ease of design creation.

The main concept of digitizing in Studio is to draw vector outlines of respective objects and fill them with various types of stitches in the same way you would fill objects with color in a graphics program.

Studio contains two parts, each of them is optional

Sfumato Stitch 

Convert photos to embroidery design. Portraits, landscapes, etc. Fill stitches are generated to approximate the photo.

Digitizing Tools

See Carolyn Keber’s Step by Step Guide to Digitizing Tools

Digitizing of logos and fancy designs, lettering, auto-tracing, freehand, conversion of vector files into embroidery.

Studio is an optional plug-in program for Embird. It must be downloaded as a separate file and installed into Embird. Embird 2018 is required before you can trial or purchase Studio. Upgrade from previous versions of Studio to version 2018 is free of charge.

Digitizing Tools

Digitizing Tools is an optional part of Embird Studio. It allows the user to digitize scalable embroidery designs up to 200×200 centimeters (78.8×78.8″) large.

A design is digitized so that the user creates outline (vector) objects either on a blank background or on an image (template) in the work area. When finished, the design is compiled into stitches and put into Embird Editor for final adjustment and saved in the desired embroidery format.


Designs are created in a vector form using lines and curves. Vector format allows resizing of designs without loss of quality. A raster picture can be imported as a template into the background of the working area. To store designs, Studio uses its own file format with all objects, parameters, stitches and background images stored in a single file (*.eof).

Objects such as Fill, Sfumato, Carving, Column, Column with pattern, Outline, Connection, Appliqué and Manual Stitches are available. Fill and Sfumato objects can have openings. Carving objects can be used to add unique texture to fills and columns. Objects can be moved, rotated, skewed and scaled.

Each object has adjustable creative and technical parameters such as stitch density, random broadening, fill pattern, color, type of underlay, etc., to allow the user to create special effects and adjust thte design for sewing on a particular fabric.

Advanced Features

Advanced features are included in the Studio work space. Some features are useable for Digitizing Tools, some for Sfumato Stitch and some for both of them.

Trace Tool allows the user to convert a bitmap image (raster image) to a vector design without redrawing the image manualy.

Trace tool works in a several steps:
1. Selection of consistently coloured area (pixels of raster image) with magic wand.
2. Turnig of selected raster areas into vector objects
3. Filling vector objects with stitches.

It is possible to create outline, column, fill, sfumato and carving objects. Selection options allow the user to change the way the Trace tool behaves with each selection. It is possible to define whether to make a new selection and discard any existing selection or add objects of a different color to the existing selection or select non-continuous areas of the same color at once.

Import and conversion of vector graphic into embroidery.

Studio allows the user to import EMF, WMF and CMX vector graphic from Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Zoner Draw, Paint Shop Pro, Pre-Design and other graphic programs and convert it into embroidery design without redrawing it. This function is available only to owners of the Font Engine plug-in.

Studio also allows the user to export embroidery designs into .SVG files (Scalable Vector Graphic) for use in Corel Draw and other graphic programs.

Automatic vectorization (digitizing) of raster image.

Interactive lettering

This allows the user to insert and edit text directly in the work area of Studio. Text can be created with Font Engine (True Type and Open Type fonts) or with pre-digitized Alphabets. Lettering supports multiline text and adjustable text baselines. Predefined baselines include circle, lines and spirals. All baselines can be transformed (moved, scaled, rotated and slanted) and/or as edited node-by-node. Whole text or individual characters can be moved, scaled, rotated and slanted as well. Additional controls allow the user to adjust spacing of characters, words and lines and overall size of the text.

Studio is able to generate various lettering styles from the common font files: auto-column (satin stitch), plain and motif fill, center outline and outline. All these styles can be used with nearest-point connections to avoid thread trimming.

Automatic Outliner

This creates a double-layered thin outline for a single object or multiple objects. Such outlines are often used for logos, lettering and cartoon-like characters. Objects may overlap or intersect one another and the program creates outlines only for the visible parts.

Envelope Tool

This allows the user to deform selected object(s) in the work area of Studio with the use of an adjustable boundary.

Options like predefined shapes, the type of horizontal and vertical edges and symmetry options are available from the panel at the right side of the screen.

Fills with multiple motifs

Studio allows the user to use several motifs within a single fill. Setting of desired number of rows and columns defines a grid of motifs that will be used to fill the object.

Multiple motifs can be combined with all options available for single motif like scale, shift, fill angle, wave and gradient.

Integrated Sew Simulator

This part of Studio allows the user to simulate sewing of a whole design or just a selection in a normal, 3D or flat view mode. The color bar at top of the screen helps to ‘rewind’ simulation forward and backward. It is possible to set a negative speed for simulation, which means that stitches gradually disappear.

Freehand tool

This allows the user to create realistic fur or shading effects as well as sketch drawings with a mouse or digitizing tablet within a few minutes. It works like a painting tool. The result, however, is an embroidery design that can include various embroidery styles like fills, columns, sfumato objects, carvings and outlines as well as some new stitch styles like pressure-sensitive columns.

Corner function

This duplicates and rotates selected objects in the corner of the hoop to create symmetrical ornaments in the other three corners of the hoop.


This tool allows the user to duplicate a sample along the chosen baseline (line, circle, rectangle, etc.). It is possible to mirror each copy of the sample and to set the distance (gap) between the samples.

Basic Features

To make digitized objects and stitches more visible on the background, the user can adjust brightness, contrast, gamma correction, color balance and saturation of the background image. There are also tools for rotation, cropping and resizing of the background image.

Object Inspector

This window is available for fast and easy management of objects. The user can change the color of an object or its order by simple drag-and-drop operation. Objects can be grouped to make manipulations easier. Icons in Object Inspector indicate color changes, trims, object type and visibility.

Thread catalog

This has thousands of thread colors from leading manufacturers. A thread list can be sorted according to the thread name, number or similarity with a chosen color. For easier work with the catalog it is possible to select a particular thread manufacturer and mark threads that you actually have. Then the search can be limited to the marked threads only.

Predefined Styles Table

This allows the user to set many object parameters (like density, pull compensation, underlay, minimum and mazimum stitch) at once, for sewing on specific materials like jeans, towels or fleece. Each of them requires a special combination of the above parameters for optimum embroidering.

Digitizing Tools

creates not only cover stitches for each object, but also various types of underlay: center walk, edge walk, and zig-zag underlay to stabilize embroidered objects.

This performs many editing operations automatically. Connection paths are rearranged when the user moves objects, sharp corners of columns are automatically split or folded when converted to stitches, fill overlays are adjusted according to size of object.

Studio includes many predefined fill patterns, envelopes, borders, fill motifs and outline samples. A built in editor allows the user to create your own fill patterns, outline samples, border samples and fill motifs.

3D Preview Tabs

with 3D preview of embroidery designs are included in all Embird modules – basic Embird, Studio, Cross Stitch and Sew Simulator. Studio also provides X-ray and Density Map view modes to analyze the stitche density layout. These view modes help to identify areas of critical density and to increase the quality of the design.

Sfumato Stitch – Embroidery from Photos

Sfumato Stitch is an optional part of Embird Studio. It allows easy and fast creation of multicolored portraits and other designs from photos.

Sfumato objects can be combined with other objects like lettering, satin outlines, etc., but their digitizing requires registration of respective plug-ins like Font Engine or Digitizing Tools.

Sfumato Stitch Presentation


User imports a photo into the background of the working area and then draws Sfumato objects on top of the photo. Just like other objects in the Studio, Sfumato objects have vector boundaries that are automatically filled with stitches. A photo-realistic effect is achieved with variable density of the thread flow.

Node-by-node digitizing of vector outlines. Mouth detail.Face and mouth outlines filled with stitches

Objects are filled with stitches so that the thread forms looser or heavier meanders to create shading effects while fabric shows through the stitches. In general, the loose meanders are used on low density areas.

Thread meanders, 3 colors, white fabric

The face on the boy’s portrait is a single Sfumato object with 5 shades of skin color and a hole.


Special controls and paramaters are available to tune density and colors of the Sfumato object. Additional features like openings, carvings and color mask can be applied to achieve required stitch layout and texture.


Each Sfumato object can have 1-5 shades of its basic color or user-defined shades. Chosing the proper number of separate objects and the proper number of shades within each object allowsthe user to achieve various coloring effects.

Single color Sfumato design

Single Sfumato object with just 1 shade

Portrait in sepia colors, 5 shades, white fabric

Single Sfumato object with 5 shades of sepia color

Sfumato portrait with user-defined shades

Single Sfumato object with 5 user-defined shades

Vector objects, each to be filled with several shadesComplete portrait in stitches

Multicolored Sfumato design

The boy’s portrait on the above example contains multiple Sfumato objects: the cap, face, mouth, shoulder and breast. Each of these objects has its own color scale.