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Beginner’s Guide to Embroidery Digitizing – Quick & Easy Guide

What is digitizing?

Digitizing transforms a picture or design into a digital layout that an embroidery machine can understand. You digitize to create embroidered designs on numerous textiles, including clothing and accessories.

Producing wonderful embroidery requires both technical knowledge and creative ability. During the digitizing, you must consider various factors to achieve the final results such as fabric type, thread, and pattern.

What is digitizing in embroidery

Embroidery digitizers transform your logo into a format that embroidery machines can understand. Unlike computers, embroidery machines cannot read all file types. Digitizers often create an embroidery file from a JPG or PNG image of a customer’s artwork or company logo. The type of embroidery machine you want to use determines the type of embroidery file you will need.

Difference between embroidery and embroidery digitizing


Embroidery involves using a needle and thread to decorate fabric or other materials. People create designs, or images, often by hand or with an embroidery machine. Embroidery can add texture, color, and aesthetic appeal to various products.

Embroidery digitizing

Embroidery digitizing transforms a design into a digital format that an embroidery machine can understand. These files specify the type, direction, and density of which needs to embroidered a design. Digitizing is used for embroidering complex designs and ensuring the finished embroidery has the same look.


An embroidery digitizing is the process of creating designs digitally. An embroidery is the process of sewing designs on the fabric. Both embroidery and digitizing play an important role. We can embroider the same design in multiple quantities with the help of digitizing.

What is the purpose of digitizing

The purpose of digitizing is essential for embroidery machines. Embroidery machines need instructions to create an accurate design and embroider accurately.

Digitizing fulfills several critical roles


Embroiderers should ensure that they digitize the exact same design. It should be in the completed embroidery. MCS Digitizing ensures your design by free sew-out service.

Embroidery machines work faster than humans. The Digitizing method quickly manufactures the exact same design in multiple quantities. It is time-saving method.

We can create difficult or hard designs in minutes with the help of digitizing which is impossible to create manually.

Consistency: You can reproduce digitally generated designs at various times with quality. It guarantees that each embroidered piece is the same as others.

Customization is easy through digitizing. You can add names, logos, or other unique elements. It allows you to make things uniquely yours.

Which document sorts are used for digitizing or embroidery:

  1. DST 

The most widely used report format for digitizing embroidery. It is used for sewing instructions for the embroidery machine to create the design.

  1. EXP 

commands for the embroidery gadget.

  1. PES 

Brother embroidery machines uses PES file format. It includes the design information, such as stitch types, colors, and sequence.

  1. XXX 

Singer machines use this layout. XXX file format is only for singer machine non any other machine can use this file format.

  1. JEF 

Janome embroidery machines use JEF. This file format includes the design information needed for the machine to embroider the layout.

  1. VP3:

Some Viking and Pfaff machines use VP3. It contains stitch statistics similar to other formats.


Converting an embroidery design or picture into a digital format is important. This step is important in producing an accurate embroidered design of the original pattern. It specifies the stitch types, densities, and directions.

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