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How do I convert a dst file to pxf?

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There is two file types commonly used, stitch files and outline files. Understanding the difference between the file types will help you understand how to better edit or create custom embroidery designs.




The outline file is the framework of a design, this file type defines the areas of the stitches, and you can view the stitch types broken down by segments and view the properties of these segments. You can also make changes to the segments such as adding underlay, adjusting the density and changing the pattern of the stitch segment. In addition, when you resize a design the stitch count will automatically adjust in proportion to the size of the embroidery design.

Some examples of outline files include: POF, PED, KWK and CND.




Stitch files retain the stitch information required by the machines to sew out the design properly. This file type does not contain any outline information so editing these file types will add limitations, for example when editing stitch segments you will notice the segments are grouped and there is no properties associated with the segments. In addition when resizing a stitch file the stitch count will not change in proportion to the design size.

Some examples of stitch files include: DST, EMB, PCH, PES, PSF and SEW.

The stitch file can be converted to an outline file either by selecting this option when opening the file or within the software by converting the design to outline format. Once you save the PXF file the outline information will be retained including color information.




The Tajima machine embroidery software now uses PXF files as the default outline file format that allows you to access both the outline and stitch file information.




1. Select file - Open

2. Select a stitch type (DST)

3. Select a file


Note. Option highlighted that normally would be set to "Open as stitch segments"


4. Change this option to convert stitches to outlines

5. Click open to open the design

The file will appear to look the same whether it is opened as a stitch file or as an outline file. When opened as an outline file you will notice you can access the properties of the design or if you view the sequence view (Shift T) you will see the design is broken into segments allowing you to edit the design or resize the design. I would recommend you try opening DST files as stitch segments and convert to outlines to see the differences. A good way to see the difference between stitch and outline files is to resize the same file in both stitch and outline format and you will notice the difference in stitch count. Also when resizing a stitch file you may see the quality of the design decline when resizing.

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