EmbroideryStudio e3 Lettering

Monogramming, Lettering software

Do you routinely embroider lettering for gifts, teams and work wear? Empower your business with the flexibility and reliability of in-house lettering provided by Wilcom EmbroideryStudio e3 Lettering.

“Wilcom has been doing lettering for 30 years, use their expertise. Simple, fast, productive, accurate, legible and fewer thread breaks.” - B. Singer, Barudan

Purchase EmbroideryStudio Lettering

  • Overview
  • Features
  • Why Update?
  • System Requirements
  • Machine Formats
  • Reviews


Wilcom EmbroideryStudio e3 Lettering has all the capabilities to create and fine-tune lettering and optimize production. If you’re in the business of personalization, or you outsource your digitizing this product is for you.
  • Create beautiful monograms
  • Team naming for sports and work wear
  • Adding lettering to outsourced or stock embroidery designs
  • Providing additional low cost embroidery software for admin and production staff

Key Features

150 embroidery fonts

We’ve got the fonts you need

Choose from over 165 professionally crafted embroidery fonts or convert any True Type font instantly. Adjust individual letters to adapt to customer logos or to improve production.

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Professional tools to fine-tune lettering

Get the look you are after by refining kerning, word spacing and even individual letters. Built-in intelligence remembers your changes for next time.


Create beautiful monograms and type layouts

Choose from several different type baselines from arc to circle or vertical, or get creative with enveloping. Wilcom’s Monogramming tool helps you to quickly and easily combine type styles, decorative motifs and borders to create personalized monograms for your customers.

Team Name

Speed up production of personalized team uniforms

Don’t mess around with manual handling of team names! This Mail-Merge type feature imports a list of names, auto-fits them to your baseline and outputs for either single or multi-head production.

Auto Fabric

Built-in editing for different fabric types

A design created for a towel can now be stitched on silk scarf with Auto Fabric Assistant. This tool automatically applies the most suitable underlay, pull compensation and stitch density settings for your chosen fabric.

Losest Join

Save time and money with fast, quality stitch results

Optimize your production with full control of underlay, pull compensation, connectors, tie ins/offs, trims, jump and stop machine functions. You can even edit individual stitches to address any problem areas.

Embroidery Machine

Send designs to your embroidery machine with ease

Stitch Manager, Machine Manager and Connection Manager give you all the options to make sending designs to production a snap! You can also edit machine format values to get the best results.

Why Update?

If you own Wilcom’s previous Lettering or Editing software products: Wilcom ES 21L there are lots of reasons to update:

Reliable technology for your business

Keeping up-to-date technology is important to ensure your business doesn't suffer when your old computer crashes. Not only that, but the latest Wilcom software is faster, runs on Windows 7 and Windows 8 and comes with support and training.

New features to help you work faster and improve your processes:

Embroidery Fonts

Now over 165 Embroidery Fonts

Wilcom is famous for quality lettering. Use any of the 165 pre-digitised fonts for speed, precision and no thread breaks! You can also convert any True Type fonts with ease.

Embroidery Monogram

Monogram Tool

With the Monogram Wizard you can quickly and easily create unique monograms with motifs and borders.

Auto Fabric

Auto Fabric Assistant – enhanced in e3!

Automatically applies underlay, pull compensation and stitch density settings based on your chosen fabric. Use best-practice default settings or apply your own combinations.

Product Visualizer

Product Visualizer & Approval PDFs

Over 50 product templates included to visualise your design on the garment. Save precious time and frustration by providing professional Approval PDFS to your customers.

Enhanced work environment – new to e3

Simpler and cleaner user interface, extra large multi-decoration TrueView thumbnails in Windows Explorer, extended tool tips and training videos

Multi-user Network Dongles

No need to worry about dongles going missing, if you have several operators using Wilcom software they can now be purchased and installed with just one Network security dongle.

Hoop It!

Hoop It!

Streamline production with automatic hoop selection and avoid those unnecessary frame crashes

PC specifications for Wilcom software

Check whether you have the right hardware to ensure the software runs at its best.
The following are the minimum and recommended system requirements for the Wilcom embroidery software. Wilcom e3 software is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8 10 operating systems.
If you prefer you can also run Wilcom software on a Mac. 

Minimum Requirements

  • Intel® Pentium® 4, AMD Athlon™ 64 or AMD Opteron™
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 (32-bit or 64-bit Editions), Microsoft® Windows® 8 (32-bit or 64-bit Editions), Microsoft® Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit Editions), Windows Vista® (32-bit or 64-bit Editions), or Windows® XP (32-bit) *, all with latest service packs installed.
  • 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) RAM
  • 40 GB hard disk space (at least 20GB free disk space after installation)
  • 17" at 1024 X 768
  • 32-bit color support
  • Dedicated USB port for a USB Dongle
  • Mouse or Tablet
  • DVD-ROM Drive for software installation (Dual Layer DVD-ROM for Extras DVD)
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7 or later
  • Sound Card required for multimedia training


  • 2 GHz + Latest Intel or AMD 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) multi core processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10, Microsoft® Windows® 8 or Microsoft® Windows® 7 all with latest service packs installed. (32-bit or 64-bit Editions)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard disk space or more (at least 40 GB free disk space after installation)
  • Graphics card:
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with:
  • WDDM Driver
  • 512MB or higher of graphics memory (non-integrated)
  • Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
  • 32 bits per pixel
  • Dual Monitor Capable
  • Dual Monitors capable of displaying 1280 X 1024 or higher
  • Dedicated USB port for a USB Dongle
  • Mouse or Tablet
  • DVD-ROM Drive for software installation (Dual Layer DVD-ROM for Extras DVD)
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 10.0 or later
  • Sound Card required for multimedia training
  • Backup Device - e.g. DVD Burner, Tape Backup, removable hard drive.

*Although Windows XP (32bit) is supported, Wilcom highly recommend you consider updating to Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10

Machine Formats supported by Wilcom software

Wilcom works with all major embroidery machine brands

Wilcom software provides the brains to your machine. As the industry’s universal embroidery software, we offer support for all the major embroidery machines including Barudan, Tajima, Brother, SWF, Melco, Happy, ZSK and more.

Embroidery Machines

Machine Format Description
Barudan This format is used for many Barudan machines. It supports up to 9 needles. The Barudan format is suitable for paper tape, FMC disks, and the DSB file format.
Barudan Chenille This format is used only for the older BELM - A3C series of Barudan Chenille Machines with 5 Chenille colors. Newer models use Barudan FDR-II Chenille Combination.
Barudan FDR-II Chenille Combination This format is used for newer models of Barudan Chenille machines supporting 6 chenille colors such as the BEDYH and BEDSH. Using this format, you can digitize pure Chenille or even a combination of Chenille and Lockstitch in the one design.
Barudan FDR-II Lockstitch This format is currently used for BED* series lockstitch machines and is the standard for all new Barudan lockstitch machine models. It supports up to 15 needles and optional sequin attachments.
Barudan FDR-II Twin Sequin This is a Barudan twin sequin machine. The design needs to be digitized using this machine format for it to run on Barudan machine with a twin-sequin attachment.
Barudan FDR-II Twin Sequin Chenille Combination This is a Barudan twin sequin and Chenille combination machine. The design needs to be digitized using this machine format for it to run on Barudan machine with a twin-sequin and chenille attachment.
Barudan Z Series This format is used for Barudan Z series machines with 10 or more needles.
Brother / Babylock  
Inbro This format is used for main types of Inbro machines.
Laesser Laesser MST file format for schiffli
Melco This format is used for main types of Melco machines.
Melco Chenille This format is used for Melco-enabled Chenille machines.
Pfaff This format is used for main types of Pfaff machines.
Schiffli This format is used for Schiffli machines.
SWF This format is used for main types of SWF machines.
Tajima This format is used for main types of Tajima machines.
Tajima TBF This is used for Tajima needle addressing capable machines. TBF (Tajima Binary Format) file format is a more intelligent machine format which holds needle addressing information. The design needs to be digitized using this machine format for it to run on Tajima machines with a twin-sequin attachment.
Tajima TMCE-100 This format is used for Chenille-enabled Tajima machines.
Tajima TMCE-600 This format is used for Chenille-enabled Tajima machines.
Toyota This format is used for main types of Toyota machines.
Zangs This is the format for Zangs and Marco brand machines and pre-1988 ZSK machines without trimmers.
ZSK 1 This format is for ZSK machines that have 7 or fewer needles – generally those older than 1991.
ZSK 2 This format is for ZSK machines that have more than 7 needles and those characterized by a single-top thread trimmer.
ZSK TC This format is for ZSK machines that accept Transport Code Disks (DOS format disks).

Please note that some machine formats and file formats are tied to certain elements like schiffli and chenille.

Rhinestone Machines

Wilcom software can read and write .YNG file format for Yongnam GemMaster v2.9 machines. Bling files can be send directly to the CAMS machine.

How to connect my Wilcom software to my machine?

Helpful hints and tips on connecting your Wilcom software to your machine can be found in our Support website and in the User Manual provided with your software.

EmbroideryStudio software reviews

“I have just started using my new EMBROIDERY STUDIO software after finally updating my 10 year old software ( :P ) and I L-O-V-E it!!! Well done everyone @ Wilcom, you should be very proud of your product!”
Treefrog Studios - Jan 2013

“Firstly I have to say how great the new software is, it’s put the sparkle back into digitizing for me, there are some great new features even down to the production sheet and ease of thread chart matching ( how far behind were we !!!!! ), so thank you for your email promoting this software.”
- Ron, Jan 2013

Randy Fulk, owner of Country Homemade in Pine Hill, NC say this software has been a true asset at his monogram-heavy business. "The ability to adjust and manipulate text instantly makes EmbroideryStudio the best embroidery software for my business," he says. "You have access at your fingertips to instantly make adjustments." Fulk also likes that users can create their own ESA fonts. "This feature has kept our customers returning," he explains, "because if they get an item monogrammed with a font I designed and want something else with the same font, they return to us."
Randy Fulk - Stitches Magazine, Software Review - July 2012

“For the true artist in embroidery this is a must have… for those who need to save money this is your opportunity to do your OWN digitizing…” B. Tankson - May 2012

“I want to thank you so very very much for making the switch between metric and US measurements so accessible and easy to use. I use it with each and every design that I do and just had to tell you how much I have appreciated that little improvement. Sew... thanks and thanks again.”

Jackie Green, Green Bee Designs Inc. - Jan 2013

Beta Tester Review:
Barbara from Tex Design, Germany - Jan 2013

“The new arranged interface of e3 will make life easy for newcomers to EmbroideryStudio. Larger and much more self-explaining on-screen buttons, and logically arranged menus besides the given ability to customize the working area will speed up learning to get the most out of the new tool in very short time…” Read full review

Beta Tester Review:
Pascale Randolph, The Embroidered Touch, USA - Jan 2013

“…I really appreciate all of the great changes Wilcom has made with introduction of EmbroideryStudio e3… Adding fabric swatches to appliqué objects is now a BREEZE and another time saver.  This was not a task I enjoyed doing in previous versions, but now it is a simple click away!  This is super helpful for showing my customers what the design will actually look like.  Another favorite feature of mine! Thank you!...“ Read full review

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