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How To Create a DST File For Embroidery?


Embroidery is one of the great way to add unique representation  of design or logo on apparels such as clothes, accessories and other home decor items.  In today’s world it has become easier to represent the artwork in embroidery using embroidery machine but to do that the artwork must be converted in form of instructions which machine can understand. Embroidery machine reads the set of instructions in DST file. So It is important to convert the artwork in DST file and to do that we would need a process called embroidery digitizing. Below are the steps involved to create DST file for embroidery machine.


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Step 1: Choose your design software

To create a DST file, you need embroidery design software. There are several software options available, including Wilcom, Tajima, Pulse, and Hatch. You can Choose the one which fits your budget.

Read more on:  Best Free Embroidery Digitizing Softwares

Step 2: Create your design

Once you have your software, it’s time to start creating your design. First step is to open the design in software and select the size of the design. Usually for left chest design maximum size would be 5 inches. For Cap size maximum would be 2.5 inches tall. Next, choose the design elements you want to use, such as shapes, letters, or images. You can use the software’s tools to customize the colors, sizes, and placement of your design elements.

Step 3: Convert your design to a DST file

Once you’re happy with your design, it’s time to convert it to a DST file. To do this, go to the “save as” menu in your software and select DST as the file type. Some software may have specific options for DST files, such as stitch density and pull compensation, so make sure to check and adjust these settings as needed.

Step 4: Check your DST file

Before you send your DST file to the embroidery machine, it’s important to check it for errors. Use your software’s preview function to check that all elements of your design are in the correct place and that there are no overlapping stitches or gaps. It’s also a good idea to do a test stitch-out on a piece of scrap fabric to make sure your design stitches out correctly.

Step 5: Send your DST file to the embroidery machine

Once you’ve confirmed that your DST file is error-free, it’s time to send it to the embroidery machine. You would need to plug the USB Drive into embroidery machine so that it can read the DST file. Make sure that your machine is set up with the correct thread colors and hoop size before starting the stitching process. You could also use our DST File Converter to convert your artwork into professional embroidery design file.

At first creating DST file may seems difficult but with time, experience and practice it would be much easier to design your own custom designs with embroidery. Once you get the hand of it, you will start loving creating new designs by yourself.  All it will take is time, practice and dedication.

You can also hire professional service to create designs for you. For this, Mega Digitizing is leading in embroidery digitizing industry and all our designs are one to go designs without need of any edits with top notch quality. Currently, we are running promotion offer in which you can get first 5 left chest or cap design in $12 each.