Embroidery World

A complete guide to machine embroidery fonts:

It can be difficult to determine why and when to use device embroidery fonts because there are so many different types available (True type, ESA, BX, stitch document fonts, to mention a few). We’ll explain what each of these fonts is, the advantages and downsides of using them, and give you some tips on how to produce quick, sharp embroidered patches whenever you need it.

The Importance of Embroidery Fonts:

The goal of employing machine embroidery typefaces has always been two-fold:

  • Obtain the highest-quality visible outcomes possible.
  • To maximize manufacturing efficiency, the design must be device friendly.

When it comes to visual quality, the typography within a design is just as important as, if not more important than, the real brand. That statement is so true: you can have the most beautiful brand in the world, but if the text/font in the design is sloppy, the entire design is wrecked. The typefaces available for embroidery digitizing services in recent years are NOT all made equal.

Fonts for Stitch Files:

These are designs for single letter embroidery. These fonts/letters were scanned and converted to embroidery system formats (such as PES, JEF, XXX, and so on.) and are not to be confused with “keyboard fonts” (that you may type out the use of your keyboard).

Because stitch file fonts were scanned at a specific length, they will run in high quality at the proportions for which they were designed. The more files/letters are shrunk (enhanced or decreased), the more high-quality they lose.  

How to Update Your Embroidery Software with New Fonts:

Although the proprietary fonts that come with your software usually work fine, adding other fonts to your software program sometimes cause problems.

The majority of software  for embroidery digitizing companies do not allow you to plug in extra proprietary typefaces (or there may be a tiny selection of proprietary font add-ons that are especially pricey).

Instead, you should purchase TrueType, BX, or ESA fonts to add new fonts to your software (these are the primary 3). Although none of these fonts are proprietary, a couple of them perform significantly better than others. 

Some other types of Embroidery fonts:


  • TrueType Embroidery Fonts (TTF): 


TrueType fonts (or TTF for short) are fonts that are installed on your machine embroidery program and are automatically converted to embroidery patterns as you use them. It’s similar to the program you choose for vehicle-digitizing lettering papers. Many applications, such as Hatch and Floriani, will convert a TrueType font to stitches on the fly. The benefit of using them fonts is the sheer number of them available; nevertheless, the difficulty with them is that the first-rate is a genuine hit-or-miss situation. 


  • BX Embroidery Fonts: 


BX fonts allow embroidery digitizers to assign a keystroke (key on the keyboard) to each letter in their produced sew record fonts (or completed embroidery patterns) so that they may be written out quickly in a proprietary software program application. The main advantage is that it has provided a user-friendly way for font creators to make their fonts available to their clients.


  • Embroidery typefaces from ESA:


ESA fonts are a report format for machine embroidery fonts that is exclusive to Hatch & Wilcom embroidery software. These keyboard fonts are the most adaptable embroidery fonts since they can be easily altered, resized, and rearranged while still providing excellent results.


  • Monogramming Embroidery Fonts:


Monograms are made up of letters that have been combined together and stitched together. They frequently mirror someone’s initials and are a fantastic way to personalize a gift or adorn your clothing. Stitch Types, BX, converted True Type, and ESA are just a few of the embroidery font types that can be placed into a monogram border embroidery scheme. 


There are numerous one-of-a-kind machine embroidery font types available. In general, unless you’re using a software program that can run ESA fonts, the fonts that are pre-loaded for your embroidery software or machine will offer you better results than purchasing additional fonts for your software (specifically if these additional fonts are TrueType or BX fonts).