How can I digitize my vector to a DST for embroidery (for free)?


I'm not sure if this question is a good fit for you guys, but I don't know who else to turn to. I can delete, if not appropriate.

I'm trying to get a couple of shirts embroidered with my company logo and the embroiderer is asking me for a .dst file. I had never even heard of such a thing, so I turned to Google. It's apparently a file format that tells the embroidery machine which colors to stitch where, in the design.

I have a one-color logo, so I'm wondering why I even need this file.

I have been digging around online for a couple of hours now, trying to find a free way to digitize a vector file, with no luck.

Does anyone know of a way that I can digitize my file? I only need this one-time order, so it makes no sense for me to go out and purchase the expensive embroidery softwares that I'm seeing on Google.

Am I better off just finding another embroiderer? We have gotten shirts embroidered before and never had an issue with eps/ai. Anyone have any experience with this?

I'm on a Mac

2/3/2016 5:21:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Converting an image file to DST or any other machine embroidery format isn’t same as like converting JPEG to PNG or any other.

Also, wilcom truesizer software converts one embroidery file to another one but not from the picture.

Instead of that, it requires a manual digitizing process which takes time + effort + techniques.

If you want to do it yourself then you have to get:

Embroidery digitizing software (like wilcom or pulse which are expensive) Essential skills of machine embroidery digitizing (takes time to learn) And then you will be able to convert a picture to PES or DST format. It’s far better to get work done from an embroidery digitizer.

I always use these guys which provides an awesome result. may be helpful for you

recently got this one

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2/16/2018 12:52:00 PM

Have you tried the TrueSizer Desktop Free edition.

Per their website it can open and convert files to embroidery format for free.