Embrilliance Essentials Embroidery Software to the Rescue

Have you heard of Embrilliance Essentials embroidery software for Mac? I hadn’t either. If you are a Mac owner, and have given any thought to exploring machine embroidery, you may or may not, realize that most embroidery sewing machine software is not compatible with Mac computers. When I first discovered this little-known fact, I felt immediately deflated, but I soon realized that Embroidery Software for Mac users actually does exist. It just took a little time and some researching on my part.

Embrilliance Embroidery Software for Mac and PC

I  sew and embroider with a Brother SE 400, which supports direct USB connection to any computer with a USB  port. That’s extremely convenient for loading designs directly to my machine, but doesn’t do much for altering, editing or creating. However, much to my delight, I did discover Embrilliance Essentials, embroidery software for those of us using Mac computers with our Embroidery Sewing Machines (also available for windows PC’s).

Since I have only delved into machine embroidery in the past 2 years, I do not pretend to understand, or know ALL there is to know about machine embroidery. I am learning new things everyday, and inviting our readers to join me, as I explore the world of machine embroidery.

Where Can I buy Embrilliance Essentials?

I purchased Embrilliance Essentials and downloaded it to my MacBook Computer.  The install was smooth (from disk).  You can purchase the disk from SewingMachinesPlus.com or many other online sewing specialty stores. The software is also available on Embrilliance.com as a download or from the Apple Store. I just prefer a disk.

Embrilliance Essentials: Great Features!

What Can I do with Embrilliance Essentials?

Now, as far as using the software, I have found it to be fairly easy to understand and learn, although there are still some things I am trying figure out. I am able to customize, resize designs, add multiple designs and fonts to create my own designs, change colors, and add special effects. It is not a digitizing software, so you can’t take a drawing and convert it to an embroidery design. It only works with existing embroidery designs and fonts that you already have in your collection.
Some Great Features:

  • Includes 12 fonts
  • Can read 28 different embroidery files and write 16 different files
  • Resize down to half, and up to 250%
  • Multi-line lettering
  • Group and Ungroup
  • Overlap designs, remove significant understitching
  • Change and alter colors
  • Run a simulator to visually see how your design will sew out
  • Affordable

Without digitizing, this embroidery software for Mac offers a great selection of customizing tools to make your designs YOUR own. Obviously, the original design creators hold the copyright, but you will be able to add your own touch of creativity with Embrilliance Essentials. For a closer look at some of the features and options available with Embrilliance Essentials Embroidery Software for Mac, check out this “sneak peek” video:

If you are looking for embroidery software that works with Mac computers, I would strongly suggest you consider the Embrilliance Essentials Software.

27 Responses to Embrilliance Essentials Embroidery Software to the Rescue

  1. Emily June 27, 2014 at 8:37 AM #

    Great, thanks for your reply! So If I had 3 separate files, I could bring them all into embrilliance separately, resize them individually, then group them as one?

  2. Emily June 26, 2014 at 6:12 PM #

    Hi Bonnie-
    I recently purchased a baby lock Sophia2 embroidery machine with a 4x4in hoop. I want to be able to do monogramming with it. I am going to buy alphabets in the monogram fonts I want, however those come as individual letters. With this software, would I be able to combine the 3 letters of a monogram together, resize the letters to the size I want, group it as one design, save it as a PES file, put it on a USB, and then pull the design up on my machine? I watched your video, I just want to confirm what this software will allow me to do :) Thanks! ~Emily

  3. Jini April 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM #

    When I asked if you could “lasso” a portion of a design and paste it on to another design I meant to be able to take a portion of an existing file and draw a ring around it-not necessarily splitting it where the color changes or there is a jump stitch.
    Let me know if this is still confusing.

    • Bonnie April 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM #

      Hi Jini
      Embrilliance now has a new add on, or stand alone software program called Enthusiast, that does have a lasso tool. I have not personally used it yet, so I can’t tell you too much about how it works. If you use any of our links on our website to Embrilliance it will lead you to further information regarding the software. :)

  4. Whitney January 8, 2014 at 8:01 PM #

    I have a Brother SE-400 and I just purchased Embrilliance Essentials for my Macbook Pro. I am able to design in Embrillance but I cannot send it to my machine. I save my design in Embrillance, then drag and drop in in the No Name device (USB), on the screen of the sewing machine it says Transmitting to USB but nothing shows up on the screen after that is finished. I don’t know what to do or what the problem is. Please help!! Thank…Whitney

    • Bonnie January 9, 2014 at 7:02 AM #

      Hi Whitney,
      I am not sure what could cause this issue. I would suggest that you are using a design that is the right size for your hoop, and that it’s saved in a PES format. Other than that, you could contact Embrilliance Support on their website or their facebook page. They are very willing to help.
      I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help.

  5. Tammy November 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM #

    I just got a new MacBook Pro when my older one died and will try to retrieve may 4D software and Fusion program/ Windows XP. I’m nervous that these older programs may not run on my new Mac and do NOT want to pay thousands of dollars for new software.
    I love that I can work in a Mac environment (so much less cumbersome to me), but would I have a way of retrieving all of the designs I have downloaded on-line and get therm to Embrilliance?
    Also, is Enthusiast a stand-alone program or add-on to Embrilliance?

    • Bonnie November 17, 2013 at 8:47 AM #

      Hi Tammy~Embrilliance supports most design formats, so you should be able to use them with embrilliance. I have not had a chance to actually work with Enthusiast yet, but it can be an add on for Embrilliance or as a stand alone.
      Here is the stand alone info for Enthusiast:
      • Merge existing embroidery files into your design.
      • Resizing is limited to 17% for merged designs
      • Includes 1 block font
      • Sew Simulator with stop
      • Change colors
      • Precision tools for design placement.
      • Repeat, Scatter, Carousel, & Mirror x4 designs for tiling, custom frames and artistic implementations
      I hope this helps :)

  6. Frances October 21, 2013 at 2:09 PM #

    Just bought Embrilliance essentials. How do I download my designs to the program.

    • Bonnie October 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM #

      You can just open them into the program, or if you have a Mac you can drag and drop them. Have you watched our videos? Intro to Features and Options on our YouTube Channel might be helpful. http://youtu.be/niOAwznnD_0
      I hope this helps. Thanks for visiting our website. :)

  7. Gloria Glenn August 14, 2013 at 7:16 PM #

    I have a Brother Quattro 2 sewing machine, and the trial version of Embird running on Windows 7. With a USB stick I can download designs from the computer to my sewing machine. I am looking at Embrilliance because it has more lettering capability than the basic Embird software, but I would want to use the USB stick as I do now to get designs to my machine. Can I do that with the Windows version of Embrilliance?

    • Bonnie August 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM #

      I would think that you would be able use the Embrilliance to create the design then save it on your USB stick, and transfer to machine. If you want to be sure, you can contact Embrilliance. They are very good about answering questions on their website or on their FB page. Good luck, and thanks for visiting us. :)

  8. Aunt Martha Loves Fortran February 19, 2013 at 7:42 PM #

    I have a Viking #1+ with System 5 that writes .hus files and 3D that writes .vp3 files Will Embrilliance create these formats so I can send to my card writer?

    • Bonnie February 20, 2013 at 6:32 AM #

      Both hus and vp3 are available choices in the Embrilliance file options. I have not personally worked with either of those files. If you need more clarity regarding your machine, and Embrilliance, I suggest contacting Embrilliance via their FB page or website. Thanks for your comment. :)

  9. Jini Karelitz February 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM #

    Can you select a portion of a design, copy it and create a new design? Similar to the looping tool in Embird.

    • Bonnie February 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM #

      Hi Jeni
      I am not familiar with Embird, and I don’t believe that Embrilliance has that capability. I know they are coming out with some new things soon, so maybe that will be included. I’m sorry I can’t be more help, but you can always contact Embrilliance for further assistance. Thank you for visiting our blog. :)

      • Gram April 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM #

        Jini, if all you are doing is cutting a portion of a design and then pasting it you should be able to duplicate what you cut and continue to paste it until you have what will fit in your selected hoop. This would be similar to borders in endless designs. I’ve worked with Embird and have the trial of this. I think it will work.

    • Bonnie February 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM #

      Hi Jeni
      After playing around with my Embrilliance, there may be a way to take parts of designs and merge them with other designs to create a new design. I pulled a very simple design into my Embrilliance program, and I was able to ungroup the components, and copy and past them into a new design. I don’t know if it works with all designs, and I didn’t try to actually stitch it out, but ran it on stitch simulator that in the program. I would just be concerned about altering copyrighted designs. (Some allow this and others don’t) I hope this helps.

  10. Katie Campbell January 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM #

    I have the same issue as the previous comment. I have a Brother SE-400 and I just purchased Embrilliance Essentials for my Macbook Pro. I am able to design whatever and download appliqué designs but I do not know how to send it to my machine to actually stitch. I have tried everything I could think of but I am stuck. If you could please help me with this I would greatly appreciate it.


    • Bonnie January 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM #

      If you are connected by usb, you open your machine file that shows up on your computer desktop. Then go to your design file, and drag and drop it into your machine file. Then go to your sewing machine screen and select the computer icon, and on the next screen is the download icon, select that and your design should show up on the machine. I hope this helps, and thanks for your comment.

      • Katie Campbell January 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM #

        Thank you so much!! This worked. I have looked EVERYWHERE online and found no help. You are my altime favorite online helper person!!

        Happy Sewing!!

        Thanks, Katie

      • Bonnie January 23, 2013 at 8:59 AM #

        You’re very welcome, Katie — glad to help!

      • Tammy Delfosse February 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM #

        If it helps, the Brother SE-400 does have the capability to read either a PES 1 or DST (DST only when sending via the USB cable)

        I too just recently purchased Embrilliance Essentials from Nancy’s Notions, so I too need to learn more into this program.

        If it helps, I have at least 20 years of machine embroidery experience from both the comercial and home perspectives.

  11. silver account July 21, 2012 at 4:29 AM #

    I received a wonderful email yesterday from a lady who told me that there was embroidery software program for all of us Mac people. I downloaded it today and after a few user error glitches I have it working!! Thank you Kathie!

  12. Carolyn Miller July 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM #

    I have a Bernina Artista 180. Have you heard of anyone that has a Bernina downloading from a MAC using the Embriliance software? At present, I have to use my pc laptop and connect to my Bernina via usb cable to my machine. Would love to try the Embriliance program if I were sure it would work.

  13. gail irving June 2, 2012 at 7:02 PM #

    How do you send designs to your sewing machine. I have a Pfaff 2170. In the software I do not see any where that I select ‘send to machine’. I am searching for a USB to serial port adapter. I presently have a Belkin F5U103 but there are no drivers for that adapter for a MAC. If you can help I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks, Gail Irving

    • bonnie@tlcinspirations.com June 3, 2012 at 8:35 AM #

      Hi Gail
      To be honest, I am not familiar with the Pfaff machines, but from what I searched out, it appears that they are not compatible with Mac computers. Although I came across 2 forum posts that mentioned a new software by Pfaff for embroidery with Mac. The name of it was “TruEmbroidery” by Pfaff. I would suggest that you contact Pfaff regarding this new software.
      I don’t know if it has been released yet. You can also directly contact Embrilliance Essentials, as they are much more familiar with the issues regarding the different sewing machines. I’m sorry I couldn’t be of much help. Good luck! :)

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