How to convert DST to the PES format

Updated April 17, 2017

Tajima embroidery machines traditionally use DST files to save sewing patterns. This makes it simple to use the same embroidery pattern across multiple Tajima machines or with other Tajima users. However, if you want to use the same pattern on another type of machine, you'll need a different type of file. In the case of Babylock, Bernina and Brother machines, you'll need a PES file. Luckily, there are conversion tools that can handle this task for you.

Online conversion

Create a free account at Embroidery Designs (see Resources) and log in.

Click "Embroidery Tools" then "Online Conversion Tool" in the menu on the left.

Click "Choose File" and double-click on your DST file to select it.

Click "Upload File."

Select "Babylock, Bernina, Brother / PES" from the drop-down field.

Click "Convert File."

Click on the download icon to down the newly-created PES file.

Offline conversion

Download and install Embird (see Resources). They offer a fully-functioning 30-day free trial.

Launch Embird.

Choose the folder your DST file is located in from the directory tree in the top right. Click once on the folder to highlight it.

Click on the name of your DST file in the "Files" box in the lower right.

Click "Right Panel," then "Convert Files" from the top menu.

Click the radio button (circle) to the left of "Babylock, Bernina, Brother .PES."

Click "OK." The new PES version of your file is now saved in the same directory as your DST.

Alternative method

Create a free Embroidery Startup account (see Resources). You need an account to download the free software.

Login to Embroidery Startup.

Download and install TrueSizer (see "Resource" section).

Launch Wilcom TrueSizer.

Select "Open" from the "File" menu at the top of the screen.

Double-click on your DST file. If you don't see it, choose "Tajima .DST" from the "Files of Type" drop-down field.

Choose "Save As" from the "File" menu.

Choose "Brother .PES" from the "Save as Type" drop-down field.

Click "Save."

Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author