First things first

You don’t need experience to start using your software. You can simply open a design and send it to machine for ‘stitchout’. And this is the best place to start. As you gain experience, you will be able to ‘read’ designs and identify which are good and which may cause problems.

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Use Standard > Open Design to open an existing embroidery design.

Use Customize Design / Standard / Layout > Insert Design to insert another embroidery design into the current design. Design palettes are merged. This tool is also available via File menu.

Sample designs & artwork

Your software contains many ready-to-stitch designs, samples and projects. The most valuable thing when starting out as a new user, is to spend some time exploring these designs and getting to know what’s available.

Use Manage Designs > Open Selected to open design(s) selected in the embroidery library.

Use Manage Designs > New From Selected to create new designs based on designs selected in the embroidery library.

Open designs from Design Library

Using Design Library, you have the option of opening one or more selected designs in their own design tabs. Simply select a design or designs by holding down <Ctrl> as you click, and then click Open Selected. This command opens the original file. Alternatively, click New From Selected. The only difference for practical purposes is that New From Selected creates a copy which opens in a new design tab, thus preserving the original design file. See Browse designs.

Use Artwork / Auto-Digitize / Standard > Insert Artwork to import graphic files - both bitmap and vector - for use as digitizing backdrops or for auto-digitizing. This tool is also available via File menu.

There are also artwork files for use as digitizing backdrops. These are installed to your Pictures folder. See also Import images.

Use Switch and Convert > Switch to Graphics Mode to import, edit or create artwork as a backdrop for embroidery digitizing, manual or automatic.

Corel clipart

CorelDRAW® SE is packaged with a selection of clipart which can be accessed via your Windows program group. Make sure you get familiar with the many clipart samples. Many can be adapted for use with embroidery design, either as digitizing backdrops or direct conversion.


Included artwork (clipart) and embroidery designs are only available for personal use – i.e. they cannot be commercially sold in any form.


Other sources

There are many other sources of ready-made embroidery designs which you can purchase online and adapt as you wish. Just be aware of any copyright issues that may be attached to designs you find on the web.