Resizing Digital Embroidery Design Files

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Sewing nerd who is absolutely determined to perfect this insanely fun hobby.

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  3. decoyable says:

    Do you know if this will hold it’s stitch integrity if going much smaller? I probably try it prior to your response but I am curious 🙂

    Thank you for a new program to try. I haven’t had much success with others.

    • You might have luck with designs but I wouldn’t try it with letters. If you have a program that can remove invisible stitches that may help with a smaller design. Good luck!

  4. lilythepink says:

    Thank you so much for this valuable post – beautifully written and easy to understand. It has made my embroidery hobby so much more accessible 🙂

  5. llsacorn says:

    Do you know if I can use this software to enlarge designs? That has been my frustration! Thanks for this info!!!!

    • You can to a point so long as you lock the ratios. But if it gets too big, you’ll have to use other (more expensive) software to add in gaps and missing stitches. Good luck!

  6. Sue says:

    So pleased to have found this, i am new to machine embroidery and only have the 4 x 4 capabilities this will help me trwmendously.

  7. Valerie Benson says:

    Super! Thank you thank you! You solved my problem. I too, have a Brother PE-770 and all the cool files I want didn’t fit.

  8. Jewel says:

    Thank you, I am glad I found your post. Your design came out amazing, just curious of how you are able to use the colored fabric to fill in the body of the cat. He looks great

    • Hi Jewel. The process is called applique. The stitch file is set up to draw a placement line in the correct shape. Then I lay fabric over the placement line to fully cover it. The design then adds a tack down stitch on top of the placement line to hold the fabric in place. I remove the hoop, cut away the excess fabric outside of the tack down stitch, and replace the hoop. The design then does the finishing pretty stitch all around to hide the cut edges. When you see a design for applique, that’s the process to use it. It’s very easy and very fun!

  9. Patricia Teifert says:

    Hello, does any one know of a software to be able to crop larger files and make each part fit our brother machine? Like you can take a larger file and split it into 4 smaller files and line up properly when on the machine? This would really be nice, does not have to be free just affordable and I know that means different things to everyone. Thank you

    • Hi Patricia, You can use Embrilliance Stitch Artist for what you want. I went a few steps further and purchased a Brother Scan n Cut 650w. I print the embroidery file, scan it in, and upload to the Brother Scan n Cut Canvas (free cloud platform). I can separate pieces and modify in any way. Then I download the file into Brother Simply Applique software. I save as a .pes file and take it to the embroidery machine. I love the Scan n Cut and it’s a great edition to my sewing room.

  10. Eddie Lynch says:

    Thanks for this valuable info. I live in a rural area and it is impossible to get any help/assistance for any embroidery projects, I’m diving in deep water on my own and still afloat. Thanks again for your superb website,

    • Hi There! I’ve never taken a formal class either. Everything I learned I got from the internet or from just bumbling around. Lindee Goodall, Deborah Jones, & Lisa Shaw have the best instruction on embroidery (I believe) from Craftsy but be sure to look for any videos they offer from YouTube because you’ll find that much of what they show in a Craftsy class is out there for free on YouTube. Deborah Jones has the best lettering instructions, Lindee is best for hooping and Lisa is great with editing on Embrilliance. Enjoy your new craft!

  11. Thanks so much for this help! When I googled how to resize and reduce the stitches your link was one of the first that came up. I had True Sizer but hadn’t really figured it out until reading your post. I was able to reduce the size correctly and dramatically reduce the number of stitches which is very important so as to not break needles and cause buckling.

    Thanks again!!

  12. JENNIFER M HOUSE says:

    What do you do if you try to resize your paid-for PES file and the Wilcom Software tells you not to go more or less then 10% because without knowing you purchased a PES stitch file? Come to find out most of my files are stitch files.

  13. Rosy says:

    So glad to have come across your website. I’m new to embroidery and have found tons of lovely embroidery designs that will not fit in my 4×4 machine. Now I don’t feel limited when I find designs I love!

  14. Marina says:

    I have a Mac, I use stitch buddy and allows me very limited editing. I purchased a brother 90e and then went on to purchase the optional larger hoops as suggested in the manual only to find out that the machine will only visibly see any 4×4 files

    I feel quite disheartened as all the really good stuff is in bigger hoop size and Im not sure how I can make bigger projects.

    • You are in the same boat I was with my Brother PE770 since I was limited to 5×7 sizes, which offers a lot more designs than the 4×4, but as my embroidery skills grew, I wanted to also grow my project size. Your larger hoops are nice for cutting out applique while still in the hoop since it gives you a bit more room. But no, sadly a larger hoop does not equate to a larger project – unless that project is digitized for multiple hoopings, and not many 4×4 designs are. I saved up about 3 years and bought a used machine off Craig’s List that could do projects larger than a 5×7. I used my smaller machine like crazy to justify the expense to my husband. lol You’ll get there!

  15. Deb says:

    Thank you so much! Great post, but I did skip a few steps – lol. The information is so helpful! Cute and fun project, and I’m sure your friend will be pleased. Just so you know – the link goes to Amazon – but not to lunch box quilts – had to type it into the search bar. Thanks again.

  16. Sonya Huff says:

    I’m not sure when you wrote this blog. But the software no longer will resize any PES files. It only works with .EMB format 🙁

  17. says:

    Thank you!!!

  18. Dee says:

    thanks, i am new to machine embroidery and this helped A LOT!

  19. Teresa Maude says:

    Brilliant, thanks

  1. September 13, 2015

    […] Designs. This file was on sale and it’s already the right size for my 5×7 hoop so no resizing required. It was just two colors of thread and finished in about 5 minutes. I did use medium weight […]

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