Ink/Stitch supports many embroidery formats. It can import and export files to the formats listed below.
Supported File Formats (A - Z):
CSV, DST, EXP, JEF, PEC, PES, SVG, TXT (G-CODE), U01, VP3
100, 10o, BRO, DAT, DSB, DST, DSZ, EMD, EXP, EXY, FXY, GT, INB, JEF, JPX, KSM, MAX, MIT, NEW, PCD, PCM, PCQ, PCS, PEC, PES, PHB, PHC, SEW, SHV, STC, STX, TAP, TBF, TXT (G-CODE), U01, VP3, XXX, ZXY
Info: Detailed information about embroidery file formats is available in the EduTechWiki.
Export Embroidery Files
Export files directly through Inkscapes
File > Save as... (
Ctrl + Shift + S) dialog.
Select a file format that your embroidery machine can read and
Save the file in your desired output directory.
For later changes make sure that you keep an SVG version of your design as well.
Method 2 (Display Stitch Plan)
To export your designs run
Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Visualize and Export > Embroider....
|Collapse length (mm)||0.0 - 10.0|
|Hide other layers||Wether or not hide your original design layers while presenting the newly generated stitch plan|
|Output File Format||Choose a file format that your embroidery machine can read|
|Directory||Type your directory path, where you would like to save your file. By default, the directory used is the place where you installed the extension’s Python files.|
Info: For file format conversion Ink/Stitch uses pyembroidery.
Ink/Stich will create a file named
something is the name of your svg file (e.g.
___ is the proper extension for the output format you select. If
something.___ already exists, it will be renamed to
something.___.1 will be renamed to
something.___.2, etc, up to 5 backup copies.
↳ something.___, something.___.1
↳ something.___, something.___.1, something.___.2
Info: In future versions this extension will be renamed to
Show Stitch Plan and will not save an embroidery file anymore.
Info: Since Ink/Stitch version 1.10.0 it is possible to export to multiple file formats at once.
File > Save as... and click on the little arrow on the file format selection field to open a list of available file formats.
Navigate to your desired output folder and choose the Ink/Stitch ZIP file format. Click
Save. You then will be asked which file formats you wish to be included.
Open an embroidery file as you would open any SVG file in Inkscape:
File > Open... > choose your file and click
It will open your file in Manual Stitch Mode. You can edit individual points and finetune your design. Once your are satisfied, save the file as described below.
You can also apply a thread list to an embroidery file in Ink/Stitch. This is especially useful, if you want to work on existing embroidery files without color information (such as DST).
It could also be helpful, if you are wanting to test different color settings. You can export and import them as you like. But be careful not to change the amount and order of colors. In case you are planing to change these, you’d prefer to save the entire SVG instead.
Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Import Threadlist
- In the dialog enter the path to your file (this dialog will be improved when we update to Inkscape 1.0)
- Choose a method depending on your file you are wanting to import. It should be a simple textfile (txt).
- If you want to import a threadlist which wasn’t created through Ink/Stitch, also select a color palette to match colors
Threadlists can only be exported through a zip-file (batch export).