Inkscape to Embroidery Machine




Introduction: Inkscape to Embroidery Machine

This instructable will help you get from Inkscape to your Embroidery machine.

Step 1: Install New Features

First Open Inkscape :)

(If you have NOT installed the new features do this step)
*Go to the extension tab and look for Ink/Stich -> English -> Click Install add-ons for Inkscape
*A black screen will appear and wait until a little box to appear and click install
* Close Inkscape overall and reopen it (This restarts it)

Step 2: Design and Commandments

Import and start a new design

Start adding commands ( Wich will tell the program what you want outlines and filled in or ignored)
Look for Ink/Stich -> English -> Commands -> Attach commands to select object

A little screen will appear with all the boxes necessary
Check off the boxes that you want to apply to your design (Make sure you have an object chosen or nothing will happen)

Step 3: Start, Pause, Stop, Cut

These little extensions will appear and they show you where the stitch will Start, where it is going to be Cut, where it is going to stop, and finally where it will stop overall.

*You can move around to change were these different places will be placed.

Step 4: Simulation

Click Ink/Stich -> English -> Simulate

A little screen will pop out and show you a video of how the machine will sew in a virtual world
( Make sure it all looks good to you)

Step 5: Download

When you download a file download it as a Pes.

Export it to a flash drive and take it to the machine.

Step 6: Embroidery Machine

Based on the machine you have followed the instructions to insert clothes and be ready to sew.

Make sure you have the right hoop size.
To check hoop size click the circled icon that's on the machine's screen.
Before starting check all the threads and make sure you have enough.

Insert USB to Embroider machine. (Designer Topaz TM 40, Husqvarna, VIKING)

Step 7: Insert USB File

On the matchine to import a design look for the File Manager Icon. (It is a little Folder)

File Manager -> a screen will pop out empty and ontop a box that says File -> Click it and USB will appear -> Click USB and look for your design (Press and Hold) to import the file.

Step 8: On Screen Edits

Once on screen, move around the design in the desired place and edit it if you wish.

Click on ALT.

Rotate-> It will rotate design 90 degrees
Position -> It will move you design in small increments
Scale -> It will make your design bigger or smaller in scale
Zoom Option Pan -> How close the design should be

Step 9: GO!

Once everything is done press GO! which will appear on the bottom left corner of the screen

Step 10: Press Start

Follow any instruction the machine gives you (For Example: Take hoop on and off )

Press Start and watch your design come to life ( Stop it if anything seem to be wrong)

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    Question 7 months ago on Introduction

    I wish to find an Extention to generate a G-code for robotic tufting machines
    Any help,I am ready to buy it


    8 months ago

    Hello I am New to ink scape. I have an image that I downloaded to my computer I am having trouble understanding how to get it so I can embroider it on my brother machine. Do you have a video where are you imported a picture and then explain how in the steps to take to transfer it to your machine? Thanks


    2 years ago

    This link is a good place to start. It has video tutorials at the top of the page to get you started. Like stated in above comments, the extension that you need for your computer needs to be downloaded and then the "Zip" file needs to be Extracted. Check the website above to see more directions for installing the plugin into Inkscape.


    Question 2 years ago on Introduction

    Where do i find the new features to install, the stich options is not showing yet


    Answer 2 years ago

    Look back at step 2 I added another foto showing the little box that will appear when you add commands and one of them is on a stitch option.


    Reply 2 years ago

    I don't know if you are still interested in this or if you worked it out, I am not very tech savy, being a plug and play kinda guy, and it was obvious from the answers that the author AM and Ysabeau were much more so than I. so it took me a while, and my daughters help to work it out.

    First I went to this web site: , as noted below and hunted for the InkStitch embroidery extension.

    I downloaded the one I needed for my computer, it offered up linux, Mac (-osx-), and Windows (-win32-). in German (de), French (fr) and English (en).

    I used the windows and just downloaded the Zip file to my download folder.

    I then unzipped the file to my document folder.

    I went to the file explorer program and loaded in the information as presented below by Ysabeau: For Windows: C:\Users\Miguel\AppData\Roaming\inkscape\extensions, that I had gotten from inkscape at edit>preferences>user extensions....Copy and paste to file explorer. Getting the path from inkscape guarantee's your name and info on your computer

    I hit magic reload key. lo, and behold, a file opened up and told me it was empty.

    I opened went to my documents, opened up the extracted file, copied everything in it and pasted it to the empty file.

    As stated, I am not very tech savy and I kept trying to paste the whole extracted file to the extension file. Didn't work. Daughter Pointed out I had to open file and copy the material and paste it all to the extension file.

    I did, closed the file, closed Inkscape, reopened Inkscape and it was all there.
    I really look forward to using this particular technique to create machine embroidery pattern as the damn husqvarna viking diamond pro program is really complicated (for this curmudgeon anyhow) to use. So Thanks to AM for the instructable.


    Reply 2 years ago

    AindreaB, it is because it is not the extension InkStitch. First, and that is not in this instructable, you mus install the extension. Download it, unzip and copy-paste in your profile.

    For Linux: home/<username>/.config/Inkscape
    For Macintosh, somewhere in a directory of: users/<username>/Library
    For Windows: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Inkscape

    <username> is the name of the user (obvious) so for example, if your username is "carrot", the profile should be, for Linux, in home/carrot/.config/Inkscape.

    More information here:

    JessyInk is another extension.


    Answer 2 years ago

    Yes , you can do so everyone should know how to use this

    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    2 years ago

    That's really neat!
    Do you have any pictures of finished embroidery projects you have done this way?


    Reply 2 years ago

    Not entierly I have done some things but just as test runs to figure how to use the matchine.