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MattInPA | Posted in Machine Embroidery on

This is my first post to this forum. I am usually over in the woodworking forum and don’t really like this type of post. Please forgive me, I searched the archives briefly but didn’t really understand the results I got.

I bought my wife a Bernina 340 for Christmas. We have been been figuring the thing out for the last few days. I am a little confused about buying designs off of the internet. I think I know what to do and am ready to try, but I don’t want to spend money in case I download the wrong thing. I figured that if I tried a free download first I could work all the kinks out. However, I need to enter my credit card information first.

In short, I want to know how to download a design (I believe that I need it to be .exp) and move it to the embroidery machine. I would like to try this without any monetary commitment.

In shorter, do I need to download EXP files and then put them right onto the USB stick and jam it into the side of that machine?



  1. cansew | | #1

    Hello Matt,I'm not familiar with your Bernina 340,maybe
    someone else has the same machine and can help you out.
    Meanwhile,I like to share what I do.I have a Pfaff 300e
    embroidery only machine which connects to my computer
    with a USB cable.I don't need a special box etc.to download
    or resize designs.
    When I download a design I just left click on a design,which
    then usually downloads as a compressed (zipped) folder and
    then opens with the 3D software that came with my machine.
    Here are a few nice freebies to try out on your Bernina.
    There are more freebies on the sidebar too.
    Good luck

    1. MattInPA | | #5

      Thank you for your input. It will certainly be of great help.

  2. MaryinColorado | | #2

    You have to be careful with the free designs, there are many that are not well digitized and who knows who these people are.  I only get designs from "reputable" sites, it takes a while to figure this out.  For now, I would start with large sewing machine companies whose designs may be offered in a variety of formats.  You need to know what format your machine uses.

    May I suggest starting with http://www.bernina.com and http://www.emblibrary.com?  The emblibrary site has a monthly newletter they email you with a different sale each month.  Many of us here have ordered from them successfully.  I have been ordering from them for many years, thier designs stitch out well, they keep a record so you can redownload if needed, have free designs, have great tutorials on hooping, stabilizers, etc.  You can email questions to them and even request designs. 

    Hope this helps.  Mary


    1. cansew | | #3

      Hello,I stitched out the cute Nissepige,on the far right,in
      the middle row,on the freebies link I posted.It looks beautiful
      and is well digitized !

      1. MaryinColorado | | #4

        What company is it?  I'm glad the freebies worked out for you.  I tend to operate on the side of caution (just short of paranoia, ha ha) these days.  We spend so much money on the equipment and software that it would be a catastrophe to get a virus in our computers.  I do have a good firewall and antivirus but...


    2. MattInPA | | #6

      I got a few names from this site prior to my post. emblibrary was one of them. I will probably go to them first. I tend to be on the paranoid side too. Thanks. Good luck in the new year.


      1. MaryinColorado | | #7

        Another thought....if you go to a place that sells embroidery designs, write down the names of the companies, then check out thier websites.   Alot of them have free designs.  OESD (wholesale only) is also http://www.embroideryonline.com for retail.  I have ordered several times from them, as well as http://www.marthapullen.com (Sew Beautiful magazine and tv show on PBS (girly and heirloom and babies mostly) and http://www.bonniemccaffery.com , http://www.nancy'snotions.com (tv show, Sewing With Nancy)  I do feel safe giving them my credit info.  My hubby uses Paypal but I haven't looked into that yet.

        I like emblibrary.com because of the variety, my grandsons, son, and hubby enjoy all the Native American, wildlife, and school mascot type designs.   I need to embroider a giant snowy owl on a jean jacket for hubby tomorrow that didn't get done in time for a present.  Have fun in your search.  Mary

  3. zuwena | | #8

    Hello Matt,

    Have you tried getting some guidance on downloading and recommended designs from the dealer.  I don't have a Bernina but I found my dealer to be very helpful with lessons on how to use the machine and also the manufacturer's website.

    Also, the suffix or extension you mentioned probably indicates the "format" that the design software reads.  When you download free or purchased designs you will usually get all or be able to "select" from those offered.  Different machine manufacturers (Babylock, Husqvarna, etc) have configured their machines to read different formats.

    Finally, if you ultimately decide to purchase off the web look for the little lock symbol at the bottom right hand side (or occasionally on the top right) of the webpage that shows the website is secure for the transmittal of confidential information.   Z

    PS  I just found a site "Secrets of Embroidery" that you and your wife might find helpful with lots of basic information on embroidery and what file extensions are:  http://www.secretsof.com/content/612

    Edited 12/29/2007 2:14 am ET by zuwena

    1. MattInPA | | #9

      SUCCESS! After a phone call with the dealer while online at home we have successfully downloaded our first free design: a dragon typing on a computer (ecactly what I wanted). We got it from EmbroideryOnline. Thank you all for your help. We are much less overwhelmed.

      1. Pattiann42 | | #10

        Hi Matt.  I got in here late, but wanted to add that Embroidery Library has a "Techniques & Tips" section that is very helpful.

        This will take you directly to "Techniques & Tips:


        I buy from Embroidery Library and different merchants at Embroidery.com.  You set up an account and designs you download remain in the account and can be downloaded again - comes in handy when the computer acts up and looses your files.


        Enjoy the new machine!

        Edited 12/29/2007 4:36 pm ET by spicegirl1

      2. MaryinColorado | | #11

        that sounds like a cool design!  My grandson has a "gamewizard" from embroideryonline, I'll look for the dragon for dear hubby

        1. MattInPA | | #12

          total cost...$0.00

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