Convert An Image For Embroidery Machine Designs

The data in src files is created through some software called “digitizer” and converted into dst file after generating an image. In this file, the images (pattern) to be stitched with machine are stored in binary form using codes(numbers).

It contains many different features for the user like –

  • Embroidering multiple patterns at once
  • Making automatic or manual corrections on stitching line
  • Using different types of stitches
  • Using various colors for stitching

We can also make use of these files to get to know about the embroidery formats as well as the applications used in them.

There are two major formats of dst files –

  1. Src Format (DST
  2. Dst Format (SRC

So we can convert any pattern from SRC to DST. Also both the formats are supported here.

To convert source file format you need to have a Digitizer Software.

Making sketch of thread con

The next step is set the size of the threads. To do that just click on the little square button located at the top-right corner of your screen.

After clicking this button, you will get a pop-up menu. Clicking on ‘+’ add more buttons below this menu.

Now just pick any suitable size of the threads. You can also directly click on the number of threads at bottom right of this window.

It’s very important to notice, that if you choose too much smaller number than what you need for your project, the mesh won’t be fully meshed.

Now it’s time to define location of the ends of the threaded rods. To do that go back to the main body of your sketch then press ‘P’ key.

There should be a small cross hair marker showing on each side of the thread rod. Just move the red arrow mark over the respective locations until the dots are connected with no gaps. Once done press enter. Now the sketch is ready and you can start creating the mesh.

Now let us see how to create the mesh of the embroidered design

You can drag the desired mesh from the left panel of the sketch where you have uploaded the design. Then drop it anywhere inside the mesh area. If you don’t want to upload the design yet then you can select any blank area at the centre of the sketch.

Converting needle shape into machine embroidery form

If your sewing machine is capable of converting embroidered designs from other forms, you can use it to create machine embroidery. In this article I’ll show how you can convert a design that is already in the hoop format (with the same number of threads per inch as your machine) and feed the converted pattern into your sewing machine using a transfer presser foot or an embroidery hoop.

This will be easier with some background on how a typical embroidery-ready hoop works.

What is an embroidery ready hoop?

An embroidery hoop is made up of two parts: a circular plate and a rod mounted inside. The rod holds tension for the fabric as you sew, while the hole in the plate allows you to guide the hoop to the fabric and pull it taut. When the machine stops, the hoop releases itself and falls away.

While there are hoops specifically designed for home sewing machines, they generally come in three sizes: 29 inches, 32 inches and 34 inches.

They work best when the hoop is attached close to the edge of the fabric. Any type of cloth can be used to embroider, including muslin, quilting cotton, canvas and denim.


Most hoops contain enough room for one row of single strands of embroidery floss. However, if you plan to embroider several rows together, consider using several hoops rather than trying to fit as many strands through one. This will prevent fraying between multiple layers of floss.

To prepare the hoop for stitching, fold down the corners along the edges and remove a strip about 1/4 inch wide from the center of the fabric.

Next, slide the hoop onto the rod so that there is a 1/8 inch space between the sides of the hoop. While holding the hoop steady against the fabric, slip the rod out of the hoop and position it vertically. Make sure the rod passes smoothly through the hoop holes.

Adjust the rod as necessary and reinsert the rod into the hoop. Tighten down the tension screw and set the stitch length according to your machine manufacturer’s instructions. Thread the needle and begin stitching.

When you reach the end of the first line, stop sewing and release the tension. Pulling gently downward on the tail of the thread loops, slowly draw them across the outside surface of the hoop. Continue drawing the threads around the circumference of the hoop until the entire piece is covered. Cut off excess thread just below the hoop and tie the ends securely.

Types of underlayment

  • Zigzag
  • Double zigzag
  • Tatami
  • Edge run
  • Center run

Most important points

  1. Underlay must be applied when tatami stitch is used for any particular item. Tatami stitching prevents us from using zigzag or any other underlay stitch on the object’s bottom.
  2. Due to the small size of these products, we are unable to employ a bottom layer of underlayment or three. There is no reason to do this for the sake of a small amount of labor.
  3. Edge run underlay is the most commonly used method for all objects.
  4. If you can’t do an edge run or if it’s not an option, you should go with a center run.
  5. Double zigzag with edge run is our preferred method for larger things.
  6. Underlay that serves as tatami necessitates edging.

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