Embrilliance Essentials

We believe that every embroiderer needs basic tools to view, manage, and customize their embroidery designs. Those tools should be fast to learn and shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. They should work with the computer you prefer, whether it’s a Mac or a PC with Windows 10. Embroidery software should be easy, fun, and useful for every embroiderer.

'Welcome to Essentials' text displayed in the Embrilliance Essentials embroidery software window

An embroiderer friend once explained the tools they needed most in their embroidery software; and we listened. When more and more people agreed, it occurred to us that some tools are really essential to every embroiderer. Other programs may have them, but include excessive add-ons, throwing in everything including the kitchen sink and charging you accordingly. We take just what embroiderers need most and pack them one simple, inexpensive program; that’s Embrilliance Essentials.

Ready to purchase? Click here to buy and download Essentials in our store!

What are these “Essentials?”

Using your Mac or Windows PC you can:

    • Merge embroidery designs in almost any format, even while they are in .ZIP files.
    • Resize embroidery designs with stitch recalculation.
    • Colorize embroidery designs and convert between thread brands.
    • Add lettering to your embroidery designs in Multi-Line, Monogram and Circle modes. You can even spiral text or make really LARGE embroidered letters.
    • Modify lettering and create monograms with built-in placement templates and styles, including slant, spacing, and curve tools.
    • Sequence lettering to run left to right, reverse, and center-out for easy hat and cap text.
    • Convert lettering objects to stitches for inserting mid-letter color changes and functions.
    • Save any design into your embroidery machine’s format.
    • Save appliques for cutting machines such as Brother Scan ‘n Cut, Cricut, Sizzix and Silhouette.
    • Automatically split embroidery designs for many common Multi-Position hoops.
    • Get ‘Project Advice’ for many difficult embroidery tasks and materials.
    • Save ‘working’ embroidery files so that you can edit and replace text later.
    • Save notes on individual designs in your file to store special instructions and information.
    • Print real-size embroidery design templates with support for scanning /cutting systems.
    • Overlap embroidery designs and have significant hidden stitches removed.
    • Set ‘jump’ stitches for automated trimming, hand trimming, and/or connecting run stitches.
    • Run a simulator to show how your designs will sew before you put them on your machine.
    • Import and type text using popular .BX font design collection files distributed by many digitizers and stock design companies.
    • Group and Ungroup embroidery objects and imported designs
    • Change or remove individual colors in an embroidery design.
    • Undo changes as you work, with many levels of ‘Undo’
    • Fit designs to your hoop with stitch recalculation.
    • Align and Distribute elements in your embroidery design.
    • Add basting stitches to embroidery designs.
    • Use our special self-modifying designs, and try out a few that come with the program! These designs calculate their stitches as you play with them for super results!
    • Use special template files that allow for text in envelopes and on pre-drawn baseline shapes.
    • Manage your embroidery thread collection, including marking ones you own, including quick and easy import from CSV spreadsheet files.
    • Create Designer 1 floppy disks and USB sticks
    • Wirelessly send designs to Brother and Baby Lock machines.
    • Directly access your imported fonts and libraries for easy transfer between computers.

Runs natively on your preferred platform!

  • Intel Mac OSX 10.6 up to current MacOS.
  • Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7, 8/8.1/10 32/64
  • Embrilliance is the only brand in the world that offers embroidery software running native on MacOS and Windows 32 and Windows 64 (so it’s faster)!

Install on any number of machines!

Like all our products running in the Embrilliance Platform, you get both MacOS and Windows versions with your purchase. Your license lets you run Embrilliance Essentials on as many computers as you own — even mixing and matching Mac and Windows installs.

No dongle required. No limits to the number of installs. As you add Embrilliance software products, all you have to do is register the serial number to the program and all the features are added to the platform. One platform, one install, adds everything the Embrilliance Platform has to offer.

Please visit the Downloads page to view the Help or to read the Manual

And visit our Forum which has many questions and answers on Essentials.

And then, please, please visit our Store so you can purchase this awesome product!

Essentials includes 12 scalable embroidery fonts:

Embroidery fonts included in Embrilliance Essentials Embroidery Software

Want more fonts? Check out Font Collection 1 and Font Collection 2

Essentials also includes 3 free design libraries:

These include Applique Frames, Applique Shapes and special registration marks to help you with multiple hooping projects and design alignment!

Don’t forget, you can View and Merge design files, even if they are in .ZIPs!

Merge Design Files

(Designs shown are not included, but shown with permission from Adorable Ideas.)

Size matters too!

Some companies charge more than this for a program that only does resizing of embroidery designs. With Essentials, sizing with stitch recalculation is included! You can re-size embroidery down to half and up to 250%!

We Live in a Colorful World

Colorize your embroidery designs! In a couple clicks, you can convert an entire design to your favorite thread brand. Want to change colors in a design one-by-one? Do you have a DST file without colors and want to see what it looks like in color and save a new file?  No problem! We’ve got you covered. Er, colored! You can even create your own custom palette manually or by importing a formatted CSV file, but if you don’t see your thread brand in the software, we’ll add it for you! Send us a link to your brand’s color info and we’ll include it in future releases of the Embrilliance Platform.

Thread Brands


Essentials has applique features that make it unique in the embroidery world. You can use an existing applique design and select position and material colors allowing the removal of hidden top-stitches in overlapping appliques, while leaving the position and material runs unmodified. You can also use the position color to create a cutting file using our patent-pending technology. Brother ScanNCut, Silhouette Cameo, and other cutters can use the files Essentials creates.

applique sewnApplique design not included – image is an example only.

What makes Essentials stand out from the rest?

We all know there are other programs to do embroidery; some have great features, and some even have great prices. Sadly, features you’re told you’ll love are the ones you rarely use and when you want to do a simple task, it isn’t easy. Often, products have no dedicated community and help is haphazard. Worse, the inexpensive web-only software isn’t supported by your local dealer.

Embrilliance is here to fix all that. We have dealers, dedicated support, and wonderful software narrowed down to the features every embroiderer needs. More than that, we made it affordable!  If you have the desire to get more out of embroidery than simply using your machine, Embrilliance Essentials is how you do it.

What are you waiting for? Start getting more from your machine today!

Wondering if it works with files for your machine? Yes it does!

Embroidery file types Essentials can read:

.ART, .ART42, .ART50, .ART60, .ART70, .ART80, .CND, .CSD, .DST, .DSZ, .EMB, .EMD, .EXP, .EXP+, .HUS, .JAN, .JEF, .JEF+, .PCS, .PCM, .PES, .PHB, .PHC, .PHD, .PHX, .SEW, .SHV, .TAP, .VIP, .VP3, .XXX

Embroidery file types Essentials can write:

.CSD, .DST, .DSZ, .EXP, .EXP+, .HUS, .JEF, .PCS, .PCM, .PES, .SEW, .SHV, .TAP, .VIP, .VP3, .XXX

You can even set stitch parameters for your favorite file type, including trim and automatic centering options for the universal DST file type used by both commercial and home embroidery machines.

It also includes special features to enable Mac users to write USB devices and floppy disks for use with embroidery machines, including Designer 1, and users of the Brother and Baby Lock can even send designs via WiFi directly to their machines with a click.

Applique cut files can be saved as .SVG, .PLT, .FCM (ScanNCut) and .studio (Silhouette).

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Thank you for reading about Essentials!

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