Machine Embroidery Software For Mac

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Brother Industries headquarters. Number of employees. 1960s Brother De Luxe manual typewriter.

Deluxe 660TR Correction mechanical typewriter. Brother P-Touch 540 label printer. Wireless multifunction printer Brother DCP-J315W. Brother Industries, Ltd. (Japanese: ブラザー工業株式会社, Hepburn: Burazā Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese multinationalelectronics and electrical equipment company headquartered in Nagoya, Japan.

Its products include printers, multifunction printers, desktop computers, consumer and industrial sewing machines, large machine tools, label printers, typewriters, fax machines, and other computer-related electronics.[1][2] Brother distributes its products both under its own name and under OEM agreements with other companies.

Brother's history began in 1908 when it was originally called Yasui Sewing Machine Co in Nagoya, Japan.[3] In 1955, Brother International Corporation (US) was established as their first overseas sales affiliate. In 1958 a European regional sales company was established in Dublin.

The corporate name was changed to Brother Industries, Ltd. Brother entered the printer market during its long association with Centronics.[4]. In 1968 the company moved its UK headquarters to Audenshaw, Manchester, after acquiring the Jones Sewing Machine Company, a long-established British sewing machine maker.[5].


In March 2005, "Brother Communication Space" (now the Brother Museum), a corporate museum that also serves as a public relations facility, opened in Nagoya. In December 2011, Brother diversified its offerings by acquiring Nefsis, an innovator in web-based remote collaboration and conferencing software.[6].

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In November 2012, Brother announced that it had built the last UK-made typewriter at its north Wales factory. It had made 5.9 million typewriters in its Wrexham factory since it opened in 1985. Brother donated the last machine to London's Science Museum.[7].

As of 31 March 2020, Brother's annual sales revenue had reached 637,259 million yen (US$6,044,666,710 at October 2020 exchange rates).[8]. In 2010, the sewing divisions of Brother Industries around Europe were consolidated into one larger company called "Brother Sewing Machines Europe GmbH".

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With a turnover in excess of €80 million, it is the 4th largest company under the Brother Industries Ltd umbrella of organisations. Brother Industries manufactures mechanical sewing machines in Zhuhai, China and computerised sewing & embroidery machines in Taiwan.

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A new sewing machine factory was opened in 2012 in Đồng Nai Province, Vietnam, which is the largest single brand sewing machine factory in the world.[9]. In September 2012, Brother Industries manufactured their 50 millionth home sewing machine.[10][3].

In May 2017, Brother Industries manufactured their 60 millionth home sewing machine. As for Industrial sewing machines, Brother introduced S-7300A “NEXIO”[1] is the world's first lockstitch sewing machine which adopts the Electronic Feed.

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NEXIO are world's first IoT applicable industrial sewing machines [2]. The visualization by connecting sewing machine and computer technology enables the customer to analyze, manage processes and speed up productivity improvement and maintenance work.

In 1908, Kanekichi Yasui established Yasui Sewing and Co. that provided repair services and parts for sewing machines. Meanwhile, Masayoshi Yasui inherited his company and renamed it to Yasui Brothers' Sewing Machine Co.[11].

In 1928, the company's first product was a chain stitch sewing machine capable of producing straw hats. The machine was popular for its durability compared to German machines at the time. They introduced and began mass production of home sewing machines in 1932, when Jitsuichi Yasui, Masayoshi's younger brother and co-founder of their company, succeeded in developing shuttle hooks.

Sewing and embroidery machines[edit]

In 1934, they were renamed Nippon Sewing Machine Manufacturing Co. which they subsequently manufacture industrial sewing machines in 1936. Their 200 HA-1 domestic straight stitching sewing machines were exported to Shanghai, being requested by the Japanese government.

In 1979, they introduced and manufactured their first computerized sewing machined called ZZ3-B820 "Opus 8".[12]. They started making commercial/multi needle sewing machines in 2003 with the introduction of the PR-600. 2010 marked their introduction of a PC design and editing software on their sewing/embroidery machines (Innov-is I) called PE-Design.


In 2013, they introduce a home cutting machine named the CM550DX. For the Japanese market, Brother introduced a sewing and embroidery combination machine called Parie in 2017.[13].

On August 7, 2018, Brother officially revealed their new 2019 sewing machine product lineup[14] at their Back To Business Dealer Conference held annually in Orlando, Florida to commemorate Brother's 100th anniversary since its inception in 1908.

The newest top-of-the-line Brother Sewing/Embroidery/Quilting machine is the Luminaire Innov-ìs XP-1. It features StitchVision technology, which uses light projections to virtually preview a stitch accurately and precisely, as well as a 10.6" by 16" maximum embroidery area.[15].


A Brother Printer. Brother diversified into manufacturing printers, label printers, MFCs, garment printers, Music sequencer, manufacturing/machine tools, and Joysound karaokes in the 1960s.

Brother sponsored Manchester City Football Club from 1987 until 1999, which is one of the longest unbroken sponsorship deals of any English football club.[3].

Brother launched their first integrated, pan European advertising campaign in Autumn 2010 for their A3 printer range. Titled ‘141%’, referring to the ratio between paper sizes A3 and A4.

In 2019 Brother's UK subsidiary became co-sponsor of the Vitus Pro Cycling Team, with the team's name officially becoming "Vitus Pro Cycling Team, Powered By Brother UK".[16].

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3. dime Embroidery Toolshed

Dime Embroidery Toolshed is a recent find that I’ve been excited to use!

It performs basic editing abilities like design resizing, template printing, file format conversion, and thread color changes. You can also cut and paste, mirror designs, and preview design stitch sequences.

What’s fun is if you end up liking the free customization software, you can purchase compatible add-ons like Perfect Embroidery Pro, their professional embroidery digitizing software, and various modules like My Quilt Planner, My Emoji Stitches, etc.

This software is made for PC, but it does run on MAC as well using the downloadable dime MAC translator.

4. 2Stitch Organizer

2Stitch Organizer is an embroidery program that allows you to view designs and their properties on your Windows or macOS computer. You add your embroidery design folders into the program and then easily organize them. I tag mine by digitizer and theme.

If you spend the time tagging and giving your designs extra information in the Notes section, there is a GREAT search function.

My favorite part, though, of this free embroidery design software is you can also search by maximum hoop size. This filters out large designs and is helpful for those of us with small embroidery machines!

If you also click “Reveal in Explorer” when you right-click on a design, this will take you to the location on your computer where the file is saved. This helps me find designs that I want to delete or move to different folders on my computer.

5. Embrilliance Express

Embrilliance embroidery software is arguably the most popular embroidery software. It comes in different modules and allows you to purchase as you go.

The most basic paid module is Embrilliance Essentials for basic editing and customization, while their most complex module is Stitch Artist 3, a top-tier digitizing program.

One good thing about Embrilliance is they have free demo software to try before you buy. However, the downfall is you can’t save any of your work until you purchase the program.

If you want to save work and are interested in using fonts, Embrilliance Express is a free software download that helps you work with .bx fonts.

With .bx fonts and Embrilliance Express, you use your keyboard to type the letters rather than importing them one by one using embroidery software that lets you merge designs. This is a great option if you use lettering regularly. (Here are some places with free .bx embroidery fonts!)

6. My Editor

My Editor is another free embroidery editing software. It has very basic abilities but is a good place to start, especially if you really only want to merge or resize designs.

You can convert files from one format to another, change colors, and also rotate the design. It even will print a template of your design. This helps with lining up and centering the design on your embroidery blank.

The one weird thing about My Editor was it converted several files on my computer to .ngs format. It turns out I had selected one of the wrong stipulations about how it would handle .ngs formats when I downloaded it. So, be on the lookout!

7. Bernina Artlink 8

Download: HERE

Bernina Artlink 8 is another basic editing software with similar capabilities to the other free embroidery programs on this list. It’s just the teaser for Bernina’s full embroidery software package.

Artlink allows for basic design resizing, rotation, and even mirroring. You can combine embroidery designs, change thread colors, convert designs from one file format to another, and simulate a stitch out of the design.

If you have a Bernina embroidery machine, this is a good place to start if you want very basic editing software.

8. Premier+ 2 Embroidery Software

Premier+ 2 Embroidery is part of an impressive suite of embroidery software.

While you can’t access very much of the software for free, you can use basic features.

It is fairly easy to use, but your options are indeed minimal. In my opinion, this one is not worth the download unless you are considering purchasing the entire software later. In which case, try it out!

9. StitchBuddy

StitchBuddy’s free machine embroidery editing software works on Apple computers, iPhones, and iPads. As a PC, Android-loving gal, I can’t open this program to give you a full review!

That being said, check it out if you’re looking for free embroidery software for an iPad tablet. The creator says this program allows viewing, editing, and embroidery file conversion.

Merging designs, changing thread colors, performing minor edits on existing designs, and even printing designs and templates are also among its functions.

10. Embroidery Explorer

Embroidery explorer is essentially a free embroidery thumbnail software. As I mentioned earlier, this means your computer displays an image of the embroidery design either as a drawing or a stitch simulation rather than its default icon.

You can also view information about your embroidery files, such as stitch count, design size, thread colors, and a slow stitch out of the design with this program.

Embroidery Digitizing Software Free Trial Options

If you’ve found free digitizing software too difficult to learn or think it doesn’t do what you want, below are embroidery software options that offer free trials with the ability to save. (I also have another post detailing what I feel are the best embroidery software choices to investigate if looking to purchase.)

While these software aren’t technically free, you can use them for no cost during their trial period.

To note, Embird and Embrilliance have free trials also, but you cannot save files. Brother has free embroidery software for Brother embroidery machines (and others for that matter) available as a trial, too. You don’t have any saving abilities until you purchase. Here’s the free embroidery software download for Brother PE-Design 11 if you want to try it out.

1. SewWhat-Pro and SewArt

SewWhat-Pro is an embroidery editing and customization software that is very affordable.

It offers a 30-day free trial with saves up to 3 colors. I’ve written a quick Sew What Pro review + tutorial if you want to get a sneak peek of its offerings. I also have a tutorial on how to make monograms from .ttf fonts using Sew What Pro. This is what I started with before upgrading later.

SewArt is the companion embroidery digitizing software to SewWhat-Pro.It is an auto-digitizing software, so you are limited in what you can digitize and how effective it will be.

For simple, clip-art images, results are fairly good! It’s not a program that lets you create your own designs from scratch, though. Meaning, you will have to input an image into the program to start the digitizing process. For beginners without aspirations of ever selling designs, I think this is a great option.

2. Hatch 2 Embroidery Software

Don’t forget to check out the Hatch free 30-day trial. Hatch has 4 different modules that build upon one another and can be purchased separately.

I have Hatch Digitizer, which lets me do pretty much everything I want.

In my opinion, it’s the best embroidery digitizing software for non-commercial digitizers. There is also Hatch Organizer, Hatch Personalizer, and Hatch Embroidery Composer. Composer allows for auto-digitizing, so if you do not want to do much manual creation, this is all you need.

3. EmbroideryWare

EmbroideryWare is a full-featured embroidery digitizing program that offers a 30-day free trial. I found it up there with Ink/Stitch with the difficulty of use, although it has many more features.

EmbroideryWare also does not offer auto-digitizing, so only look into it if you’re serious about manually creating your own images. It does have a helpful Facebook group and a slew of YouTube videos, though.

Final Notes

I hope you’ve now been able to find a free embroidery software option to fit your needs!

Just remember, learning to digitize embroidery designs takes substantial time. So, don’t give up if it seems confusing at first!

Also, for beginners to machine embroidery, here are other helpful posts: where to find free embroidery designs, how to use an embroidery machine, and embroidery stabilizer guide.