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How To Transfer Embroidery Designs to USB Stick to Embroidery Machine

 This article is brought to you by Lizzsews.

Ever bought a machine embroidery design from somewhere like Etsy or Creative Fabrica and did not know how to transfer that to your embroidery machine?

Or have you just purchased a design and don't know how to now transfer that design to your embroidery machine?

Either way, here's how!

After you have purchased an embroidery design, you will most likely get a zip file. First, you want to unzip the file.

On a Chromebook, you will double-tap the file

On windows, you will want to right-click the file and select the option to unzip or extract all

And on a Mac, you will right-click on the file and click into services, from there you will want to click unzip

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Now you have successfully unzipped the file! After that, you will want to drag the format that your machine uses (for example Brother is PES) to where the USB is in files. Or you can click the format, click CTRL+C and click into the USB in files, and click CTRL+V.

If you’re not sure which file format you need, no worries! You can either look it up or just use DST, DST is a file format that is compatible with all embroidery machines. 

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We're almost done!

You now have your embroidery design on your USB, all you have to do is get that onto your embroidery machine! Lastly, you want to eject the USB stick and put it into your machine. 

Now select your file, and stitch out the embroidery design

Don't know what USB will be compatible with your machine? 

Honestly, it’s hard to say which USB’s will work, if you use one with too much storage the machine might not read it, but if you use one with too little storage the machine might also not read it. So just take the USBs around your house and try them out!

Recommended read: 10 Machine Embroidery Projects to Do During Quarantine

Recommended read: How to embroider patches

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  1. I have a good understanding of how to transfer files onto my machine but have questions about fonts.


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