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EmbroideryStudio e3 Designing

Professional embroidery and apparel decoration design software

Bring your embroidery and multi-decoration designs to life with EmbroideryStudio e3. With CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X6 included, EmbroideryStudio is a design and production system without rival. That's why professional embroiderers and apparel decorators the world over have made it the industry standard for its features, for its simplicity, and for its quality.
Now you can Add as you grow with Elements.

“I have to say how great the new software is, it’s put the sparkle back into digitizing for me…”
, UK
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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Why Update?
  • System Requirements
  • Machine Formats
  • Reviews

If you’re serious about embroidery and multi-decoration, EmbroideryStudio e3 Designing is your answer. As Wilcom’s flagship product it provides all the tools a professional embroiderer would need and more. Harness the full power of Wilcom lettering, editing and embroidery digitizing software.  
Now integrated with CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X6, EmbroideryStudio e3 Designing is your all-in-one design solution not just for embroidery but DTG, screen print, rhinestones, appliqué and more.

It’s your business. Choose the Elements you need.
Add as you grow.

The EmbroideryStudio e3 Designing base product includes all the tools common to every digitizer. The optional Elements lets you add the specific functionality your business needs.
Add one, some or all of them. That way you only pay for what you need. When you need more specific capabilities, simply add Elements to EmbroideryStudio Designing for digitizing power tools, creative effects and different decoration processes.

Key Features

Edit your designs

Easy to Use

Just because EmbroideryStudio e3 Designing is our professional software, doesn’t mean it’s difficult to learn and use! We have designed our software to be intuitive, efficient and enjoyable to use. We are constantly consulting users to find out how we can continue to make EmbroideryStudio even easier for newcomers and professional users alike.

"Wilcom is by far the easiest and most intuitive to use, with many time-saving features."
- C.Straw.

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Renowned for quality

You need to know that the designs you create on screen will look as good on the finished garment. Wilcom is renowned for quality results and trusted by the world’s leading fashion brands for this reason.


Design software for all your decoration processes

Wilcom may be famous for embroidery, but we’re now your all-in-one design solution for every type of apparel decoration. One vector file can be set up for screen print, digital print, sublimation, engraving, embroidery, appliqué, rhinestones, sequins or multi-decoration combinations.
With CorelDRAW completely integrated with Wilcom software you can work fluidly between the different decoration techniques, visualize the finished results and keep it all in the one file for easy reference.

Embroidery Lettering

Perfect Embroidery Lettering

Lettering is a huge part of the everyday embroiderer’s work. Choose from over 165 professionally digitized embroidery fonts or convert any TrueType font. Wilcom provides easy-to-use tools to get the look you are after with easy-to-use tools to refine kerning, word and letter spacing and baselines. You can match your customer’s logo by editing individual letters and built-in intelligence remembers your changes for next time.
Wilcom’s Monogram tool is a powerful and fast way to create beautiful monograms with decorative motifs and borders.

powerful editing

Powerful Editing

Wilcom’s all-in-one .EMB file format is the recognized 'smart' embroidery file with object-based editing unparalleled in efficiency and control. Even stitch files such as DST are recognized as objects, giving you full, object based control and eliminating the need for stitch-by-stitch editing.
Editing a design is simple! Open your design and, using the Reshape or Stitch Edit tool, modify shapes or change stitch settings and effects options. 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 Digitizing

Embroidery Digitizing

EmbroideryStudio e3 Designing delivers a suite of sophisticated embroidery digitizing tools to create high quality and reliable embroidery designs. With a spectrum of different stitch types, easy input methods and precision control, Wilcom digitizing tools are built for demanding production and flexibility. Built upon 30 years of innovation, the tools work with intelligent workflows to streamline repetitive tasks and build robust design files that stitch flawlessly!

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6

Includes CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6

As part of your purchase of EmbroideryStudio Designing you receive the complete CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 including CorelDRAW® Corel PHOTO-PAINT™, PowerTRACE™, Corel Website Creator™, Corel CONNECT™, PhotoZoom Pro 2 and ConceptShare™. Your standard membership also provides access to 10,000 stock designs, 1000 OpenType® fonts, templates and more.

Built in intelligence

Built-in intelligence

A design created for a towel can now be stitched on silk scarf with Auto Fabrics. This tool automatically applies the most suitable underlay, pull compensation and stitch density settings for your chosen fabric.
You can even create your own Auto Fabric and Styles to suit your particular machines and garments, providing consistency and quality control.
Plus you can speed up the design creation process with automatic conversion from vector art to embroidery which you can then edit or embellish as desired.


Visualize and improve production

Save precious time and frustration by providing professional Approval PDFs to your customers with over 50 product templates included to visualize your design on the garment. And when it comes to production, Auto HoopIt will choose the most suitable hoop and visualize the design within the hoop for production.

Embroidery Machine

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.
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?

It’s faster, more intuitive to use, packed with new features and includes some powerful new algorithms for even greater stitch quality and graphics to stitch conversion.

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What new features will I get if I update?

If you are an existing Wilcom EmbroideryStudio customer, by updating to EmbroideryStudio e3 you will receive the features new to this release, as well all the features you previously had plus more! Find out what you are eligible for.

What’s new in Elements 3?

A revamped user interface provides easier and faster ways to work. This release brings even smoother workflows between graphic and embroidery files as well as a host of creative and productivity features. With a focus on all types of apparel decoration, Wilcom Elements 3 also features new Virtual Decoration, simulating embroidery through digital printing.

Here are some highlights...

TrueView Thumbnails

Big & Beautiful

Up to 30% larger design area on your screenwith improved UI configurations

Extra Large multi-decoration TrueView thumbnails in Windows Explorer and Corel Connect

Improved TrueView embroidery in CorelDRAW®

Bitmap to embroidery conversion

Even greater stitch quality

Higher quality vector to embroidery conversion

Higher quality Bitmap to embroidery conversion

Improved Auto Fabrics settings & processing

Slanted Double Zigzag underlay for more loft, less stitches, more coverage


Learn faster, work faster

Starts up 50% faster

Simpler and cleaner user interface

Training videos and extended tool tips in software

Digitizing time savers

Embroidery Outlines

More digitizing tools

Outlines and Offsets for sports logos and badges (Optional element)

Calligraphy stitching

Incredibly creative and natural Freehand embroidery tool (Optional element)

Duplicate with Step Repeat offsets

Backstitch and StemStitch in Stipple fills

CorelDRAW x6

Integrated with CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X6

Two software package updates in one! Includes CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X6

Smoother workflow between CorelDRAW® and the Wilcom software

Break a Part Embrdoidery Font

New embroidery lettering

15 new embroidery alphabets including popular logo fonts, Japanese, Russian, and run stitch

Multi-level Break Apart Lettering for editing

Lettering usability improvements

Virtual Decorations

New Virtual Decoration (option)

Digital print high resolution TrueView – Virtual Embroidery

Alternative to real embroidery, new creative effects


New Bling tools (optional Element)

Automatic re-sizable bling lettering

Convert any embroidery alphabet or TrueType font to Bling

For more details see our Release Notes.

The product naming has changed – what level am I eligible for?

We have retired the EmbroideryStudio product levels (Level 1/ES 21D, Level 2/ES45 and Level 3/ES 65) and opted for one base product from which you can add the functionality you need.

If you own any of the products listed above you will update to Wilcom EmbroideryStudio e3 Designing + you’ll automatically get the Elements to match the functionality you already have. See the product update map for details.


Please contact your local Wilcom distributor or Enquire here for pricing.

What's new in e3 slideshow

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 & Windows 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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