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Embrilliance Essentials

We believe that every embroiderer needs basic tools to view, manage, and customize their embroidery designs. Those tools should be easy and fun to use, not a chore starting with hours of classes with your embroidery machine dealer. These tools should be fast to learn and shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. They should also work with whatever computer you prefer; just because your computer is a Mac with OSX or a PC with Windows 10-64 doesn’t mean you should be left out! Embroidery software should be easy, fun, and useful for every embroiderer.

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

Originally, one of our embroiderer friends someone shared with us  like to use in their embroidery software. And then we heard the same thing from someone else. And it occurred to us that there are some things which are, “Essential to every embroiderer.” Yet many software programs have everything and the kitchen sink too, and they charge you for it. So we put just those things in one simple, inexpensive program, and called it, “Essentials.”

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.
  • Convert between thread brands on your embroidery designs.
  • Add lettering to your embroidery designs in Multi-Line, Monogram and Circle modes. You can even spiral text or make really LARGE embroidered letters.
  • Save in your embroidery machine’s format.
  • Save appliques for cutting machines such as ScanNCut and Silhouette.
  • Split embroidery designs for some of the common Multi-Position hoops.
  • Get Project Advice for many difficult embroidery tasks.
  • Save ‘working’ embroidery files so that you can edit and replace text later.
  • Print real-size embroidery design templates, with options to support scanning /cutting systems.
  • Overlap embroidery designs and have significant understitching removed.
  • Run an embroidery simulator to show how your designs will sew out before you put them on your machine.
  • Import 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!
  • Manage your embroidery thread collection, including marking ones you own.
  • Create Designer 1 floppy disks and USB sticks

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 Mac 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 OSX and Windows versions with your purchase. Your license lets you run Embrilliance Essentials on as many computers as you own — even mix and match Mac and Windows.

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

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 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? Maybe you have a DST file which has no colors, and you want to make it look correct by colorizing it. No problem. We’ve got you covered. Er, colored! Don’t see your brand here? We add threads whenever we can. Send us a link, and if we can get the color info, we’ll add it. In fact, this picture is already out of date!

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 sewn

What makes Essentials stand out from the rest?

We all know there are other programs to do embroidery. And some have great features. Some have great prices. But the features you’re told you’ll love are the ones you never use. And when you want to do something simple, it isn’t easy. Often there’s no dedicated community. 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. We have support. We narrowed down the features every embroiderer needs and put only those in this wonderful  program. And we made it affordable!  If you have the desire to get more out of embroidery than simply using your machine, this is how you do it.

So what are you waiting for? It’s available now. Get started today!

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

Essentials can read:

.ART, .ART42, .ART50, .ART60, .ART70, .ART80, .CND,


.EXP, .EXP+, .HUS, .JAN, .JEF,

.JEF+, .PCS, .PCM, .PES, .PHB,


.VIP, .VP3, .XXX

Essentials can write:

.CSD, .DST, .DSZ, .EXP, .EXP+,


.SEW, .SHV, .TAP, .VIP, .VP3,


And it also includes special features to enable Mac users to write USB devices and floppy disks for use with embroidery machines, including Designer 1.

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

Thank You for reading about Essentials!

Please visit our Store so you can purchase this and other awesome Embrilliance products!

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"I love this program and have told people about it "
From Luz A
Regarding Essentials