By Lindee Goodall

File Extensions

Characters (usually 3) following the period (“dot”) at the end of a file name which designate which programs can read the file. Windows programs may not read a file without an extension. Not normally in used on Macintosh prior to OS X.

Note: This information has been compiled from many sources. If there is an error, please let us know!

Home Formats

Ext For Disk Format File Format
Poem Designer Mac Mac Stitch
AY! Adorable You! DOS Object
ART Bernina Artista & OESD DOS Object
BLF Master Works DOS Object
CAN Viking digitizing file DOS Object
EMD Elna Xpressive DOS
EOF Vector embroidery format DOS Object
GEN Object DOS Object
GNC Great Notions variant of Melco DOS
Condensed
DOS Object
HUS Viking #1 Plus, Rose DOS Stitch
JEF Janome 1000, Kenmore ergo3 19010 DOS Stitch
JEF+ Janome 1100 DOS Stitch
OEF OESD Condensed DOS Object
PCD Pfaff 9mm DOS Stitch
PCM Mac Pfaff format Mac Stitch
PCQ Pfaff Maxi stitch DOS Stitch
PCS Pfaff 7570 DOS Stitch
PEC Bernina Deco, Babylock, Brother,
Simplicity (created when files saved from card to computer)
DOS Stitch
PEL Bernina Deco, Babylock, Brother,
Simplicity (Line drawing made in stage two of the Design Center)
DOS
PEM Bernina Deco, Babylock, Brother,
Simplicity (Map of stitching lines (both outlines and fills) created in
stages 3 & r of the Design Center)
DOS Object
PES Bernina Deco, Babylock, Brotherher,
Simplicity (format required for card or floppy)
DOS Stitch
PHC Machine format DOS
PMD* Mac Pfaff Mac Stitch
PMU Brother DOS Utility
SEW Janome, Elna, Kenmore, Simplicity DOS Stitch
SHV Viking Designer 1 & II, Platinum
Plus—special disk structure for machine
DOS Stitch
SPX 9mm & Maxi Pfaff C-V DOS Stitch
SSP Stitch Shop Pro DOS
VIP Pfaff 2140, 2144 & Viking Designer series DOS Stitch
VP3 Emnet DOS Stitch
XXX Singer XL 1000 & 5000 DOS Stitch

Cross Stitch Formats

Ext For Disk Format File Format
ARX Artista Cross stitch add-on DOS
CSE Win Stitch (Cross Stitch) DOS Stitch
ECF Cross stitch format DOS
KRZ Viking Cross Stitcher, Kreuz, Uli’s
Cross Stitcher
DOS Stitch
PAT PatternMaker Cross Stitch, PC-Stitch DOS Stitch
SCW Stitch Crafts Gold (Cross Stitch)ch) DOS Stitch
TBX Turbo Cross (Cross Stitch) DOS
WBX Easy Cross (Cross Stitch) DOS

Commercial Formats

Ext For Disk Format File Format
10O Toyota DOS
ASD Melco DOS Stitch
BDF BE-100 DOS Object
BRO Bits & Volts DOS Stitch
CND Melco DOS Object
DAT Barudan DOS Stitch
DS2 Barudan DOS Stitch (Beat 900)
DSB Tajima DOS Stitch
DST Tajima DOS Stitch
DSZ Tajima DOS Stitch
DSZ ZSK DOS
E01 Eltac DOS Stitch
~ E36 Eltac DOS Stitch
ELA Gemini DOS Stitch
EMB Wilcom DOS Object
EMT Wilcom template file DOS
EMX Wilcom Cross Stitch File DOS
ESD Wilcom (old) DOS
EXP Melco DOS Stitch
EXY Eltac DOS Stitch
F01 Fortron DOS Stitch
~ F36 Fortron DOS Stitch
FDR 1.44 Barudan DOS Stitch
FXY Fortron DOS Stitch
KSM Pfaff DOS Stitch
KWK Brother DOS Object
M3 Juki DOS Stitch
OFM Object format (Bernina Artista,
Melco, Wilcom)a)
DOS Object
PCH versions may vary for readabilityilty DOS Object
PDC Punto DOS & Mac Object
PMU Proel DOS Stitch
POF Pulse Signature outline file DOS Object
PSF Pulse Signature stitch file DOS Stitch
PUM Proel DOS Stitch
REF Compucon DOS Object
SST SWF DOS
STC Gunold APS DOS Stitch
STI Capitol Automation DOS Object
STX Data Stitch DOS Stitch
T01 Wilcom (old) DOS Stitch
T03 Wilcom (old) DOS Stitch
T0O Toyota DOS Stitch
TAP Happy DOS Stitch
WCN Pulse Signature art file DOS
XXX Compucon DOS Stitch

Non-DOS Formats (Requires special disk formatting software)

Ext For Disk Format File Format
CND Old Melco CND (non-DOS) Non-DOS Object
FDR Barudan CPM Stitch
FMC Barudan CPM Stitch

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