Computerized Machine Embroidery Resources and Supplies


Depending on your project’s needs, the supplies required will vary. Below is a list of resources that will be stable for most projects:

  • Embroidery Needles Size 75/11 (Amazon)
  • Nonstick Needles Size 80/12 (Amazon)

General Resources


Some embroidery machines will come with software to digitize images for stitching. The Singer Futura XL-400 does not currently have that capability.

Image Digitization

If you have an image that you would like to stitch, you will first need to digitize it prior to bringing it into the Singer Futura embroidery software. As the Singer XL-400 software does not digitize images, you will need to do so using InkStitch.

  • SVG files will allow for an easier process of digitizing.
  • If your original image is hand-drawn or a raster file, you must convert it to vector before creating the stitch paths.
  • Adobe Illustrator can be used to create the file but be sure to save your image as an SVG and not a .ai file.
  • Applicable Ink/Stitch File Exports for Singer Futura: PEC, PES, JEF, EXP, DST

Coded (Generative) Embroidery

The following are just two examples of software that will allow you to generate images for embroidery using code.

Note: Singer Futura XL-400 reads XXX, PSW, HUS, DST, CHE, EXP, PCS, PEC, SHV, PES, VIP, SEW, and JEF. The first 4 formats listed are the preferred formats of Futura embroidery machines.