Digitizing for Different Hoops

I want to digitize a design and save it for different hoop sizes – 4×4, 5×7, 6×10, but not have to re-digitize each time.  How would I do that?  I have been trying to use transform, but my work space doesn’t get bigger when I change the hoop size so I don’t know  what I could be doing wrong. Lynn

Hi Lynn,
In Embird Studio, if you wish to change the hoop to a larger size after you’ve started digitising then you need to select your design and then go to Edit/Copy. Now go to Design/New. Select a bigger hoop size and then go to Edit/ Copy. Your design will now be in the larger hoop.
I hope that helps, Carolyn Keber Tutorials for Embird and PE Design

Transferring Designs to Machine Using Embird

If your Brother or Babylock machine is connected to your computer via a USB cable, you can send your designs directly to your machine using Embird, just the same way as you would if you were writing designs to a USB stick.
First make sure your machine is on, then with the design selected, right mouse click and choose Input/output operations/USB stick. Embird “sees” the machine as another drive so that’s why you use the same command. Then just write the files to that drive. It’s that easy… 🙂
Carolyn Keber
Author of Embird and PE Design Tutorials

Sfumato Stitch

Hello, I have bernina digitizing software and I am interested in Embird  Sfumato Stitch.  Can Sfumato Stitch run on its own?  Could I  then  save my designs in another format like PES, import them into my original Bernina Artista  software and save to ART for stitch out?


Hi Lauretta,

Sfumato Stitch can’t be used independently from Embird, sorry. As with all Embird plug-ins, you need to have the basic Embird program registered first, before you can purchase and use plug-ins. However, if you have both Embird and Sfumato (part of Studio), you would be able to save a design created in Sfumato to PES, then convert to ART in your Bernina software.


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Save Embird Thread Colors

I have had to reinstall Embird quite a few times and each time I had to reinstall all of my thread colors. Do you by any chance know how I can find the file of my thread colors so I can save it and reinstall it when I reinstall Embird?

Thanks, in advance, for any help you can provide.

Hi Gina – This is what you need to do in order to save and reinstall your marked threads.

When you mark threads in a catalogue, your changes are recorded in a config file in the Embird32/Embird64 folder. This file is nitfy.ini and it stores your marked threads.

If you want to transfer your marked threads to a new version of Embird then you should copy the nitfy.ini file from your Embird32/Embird64 folder onto a removable media such as a USB drive or save it on your hard drive. Then paste this file into the same folder in Embird32/Embird64 folder on your computer after re-installing and you will have the the marked threads back in Embird when you re-open the program.

Always keep a copy of this file in a safe place.

Carolyn Keber
Tutorials for Embird and PE Design

PE Design vs Embird

I have recently purchased a Brother LB-6800PRW and was unaware that I needed a digital converter to convert my photo’s to .pes or .dst which are the two formats that my machine takes. I was told that I need to purchase either PE design plus or PE design next. After looking into these programs, I realized how expensive they are! I have seen and heard several people talking about Embird and how it is very similar if not better than the other two. I am trying to figure out if I can use Embird to convert my formats of my photos and use with my machine? I really look forward to your response!

You can definitely use Embird to convert your photos to PES files. You would need the basic Embird program, along with the plug-in Sfumato Stitch.

You can download the latest version of Embird (and any of the plug-ins) and use the program free of charge in trial version for up to 30 days to test the features prior to purchasing registration.

To download, or for more information, please go to this page of the Secrets website.

Margaret Hardwick-Smith

Customer Support
at Secrets of Embroidery

Can I Digitize my own fonts on PE Design Basic?

Hi Carolyn,
I have a brother embroidery machine and I would like to download different fonts and monogramming fonts to use on my machine. I just purchased PE-Design Basic from Brother but it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to design the fonts or monograms in this program. Can you advise if Embird would allow me to design a monogram or put letters together to make words, like my daughter’s name? Or maybe I need the higher level of PE-Design? I’m at a loss and would greatly appreciate your advice.
Thank you, Laurie

Hi Laurie

PE Design Basic does not have a digitising function at all. It’s really just for minor editing – although I would think that you would be able to purchase lettering that has been digitised already and open and arrange them in PEDS Basic. But if you wished to use True Type Fonts and convert them into ready designs or lettering then you would either have to purchase the full PE Design Next or perhaps PEDS Lite. But to be honest Embird represents much better value for money. The full price of the program is less than PE Design Next or Lite to begin with and then any upgrades are only dollars as opposed to hundreds of dollars for Embird upgrades. I teach both programs – PE Design and Embird – so I have nothing to gain in recommending one over the other but the last upgrade to Embird was $20 whereas I generally pay approx $600 per upgrade for any upgrade to the Brother programs. I’ve had PE Design since Version 2 and have now stopped upgrading at Version 8. I have also had Embird since 1998 and their upgrades have cost me in total over 14 years no more than $80 total (for 14 years).

In Embird Editor you can use the Embird lettering (purchasable at approx $13.50 per lettering style) or you can purchase Font Engine as an add on to Embird at $132.00. Embird itself is $150 and with Font Engine as an add-on or perhaps some of the pre-digitised fonts (which are excellent BTW) you will still be paying far less than the Brother programs plus you’ll have a great amount more of editing capabilities than you’ll ever have with PE Design.

If you wish to make designs from scratch – digitising – then you’ll also need to purchase Embird Studio (Digitising Tools $135.00) This will enable you to create any number of designs, save them and then stitch them on your machine.

But if you’re just looking to create some lettering – such as your daughters name – then my advice would be to get Embird Basic ($132) and some of the Embird lettering at $13.50 each. The lettering is fabulous and resizeable perfectly. And the editing capabilities of Embird are just fantastic. This is really the best value for money program around. Embird will write to any format other than ART

Try the Embird program for 30 days free of charge and see what you think of it . And its a fully functioning version of the program and can be used on any computer you own – without a security device (no dongles).

I think you’re best to start with Embird Basic and a couple f alphabets and get used to them before you buy extra add-ons such as Font Engine or Digitising Tools (Embird Studio) But be assured that Embird will do as you wish to do…

I hope that helps but if you need more info then just email me again.

Kind regards

Carolyn Keber
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View All Designs in Embird

At one time on Manager you could view all designs and at the bottom of designs was a place that you could tick that told you how many pages there were of designs and you could print them. You had the option of printing either odd pages or even so that you could print both sides of a page. You also had the option of going to any page. Now I can’t find it.

I think that you may have your Process Panel command in Manager turned off.

In Embird Manager go to Options on the Menu Bar and move down to Show Process Panel and left mouse click on it. The Process Panel will then appear and you’ll have the option to Print and you’ll also be able to see how many pages of designs are open etc.

I hope that helps.  Best of luck.

Carolyn Keber
Step by Step Tutorials for all Embird programs and for PE Design

Bernina 630 and Embird

Hello. I am upgrading from a Bernina Deco 600 to a Bernina 630. Yippee. However, I do have several PES files that I have purchased. I do have Embird v8 (ok… I took a break from embroidery stuff while raising 3 sons and now baby is off to college and I have time to sew again) Anyway, I plan to upgrade to newest Embird and was wondering if I can use Embird to convert PES files to EXP or DST to use with the 630.

Thank you so much!

Mary Alice 🙂

You can certainly use Embird to convert your PES files to EXP or DST. The only format Embird can’t convert to is ART, as Bernina holds the rights to this format.

You can purchase your upgrade to the latest version of Embird from here.  Once you receive your new password, uninstall your old Embird, then download Embird from here  and enter your password to register the program according to the instructions that come with your password email.

If you have any problems, just send us an email and we will be happy to assist.

The Team @ Secrets of Embroidery