Developer: Matthias Arndt

Current Version: 2.13.0

Last Updated: 5 months ago

Download Size: 2.3 MB - Download


Are you using an embroidery machine and looking for a way to work on existing designs without paying an arm and a leg? And without requiring a Windows PC? With StitchBuddy you can organize, preview, modify, convert, and combine embroidery designs on your Mac.


• Rotate, flip, move, or delete selected parts or the entire design
• Resize selected parts or the entire design (without adjusting the stitch count)
• Copy and paste to duplicate parts, or to combine different designs
• Center a design in its hoop
• Add basting stitches to fix the underlay
• Change individual thread colors, or replace the entire palette
• Select from several different manufacturer thread charts
• Reorder threads and delete color changes
• Display options incl. zooming, 3D stitch display, or stitch structure
• Supports millimeters or inches as measurement units
• Extensive printer options including actual size templates
• Easy export of designs to USB media
• Copy designs to the clipboard or drag them to other applications as graphics or text
• Multiple levels of Undo while editing
• Convert designs between different embroidery formats
• Display embroidery files in the Finder, Mail and other apps with Quick Look support
• Search with Spotlight for embroideries based on size, number of stitches or colors
• iCloud Drive support

Supported import formats (read):

• Janome JEF, JEF+, JPX, SEW
• Brother PES, PEC
• Melco EXP
• Tajima DST
• Pfaff VP3, KSM, PCS, PCQ, PCD

Supported export formats (write)

• Janome JEF
• Brother PES v1.0 (130 x 180 mm), PEC
• Melco EXP
• Tajima DST
• Pfaff PCS

You can test StitchBuddy with all functions for free (saving designs is limited to 1,000 stitches). Unlock this limitation via In-App purchase if you like StitchBuddy and want to support its development ... and please share your experience with others by leaving a rating or review!

Additional information, FAQs and video tutorials can be found at StitchBuddy's website.


Release Notes:

• iCloud support
• Only supported hoops listed in menu
• Hoops added for PES v1.0 (only for alignment)
• PES v1.0 supports 30,000 / 50,000 stitches (hoop M / L)
• Import of PES v10.0 files
• Fixed PES / PEC export with Umlaute in file names
• Janome hoop RE18 support

Please update your rating / review to support StitchBuddy's development!


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 2.12.1
Review by DenLo

StitchBuddy is awesome! - I purchased the new Janome MC500E embroidery machine this past spring. There was no mention on the outside of the box or in the literature about the machine that indicated that it was NOT compatible with the Apple IOS computer system. I called the shop where I purchased the machine and they verified that it was only compatible with a PC (windows environment). I then went online to research if there was a program that would enable me to use my Apple computer with embroidery designs. I discovered StitchBuddy and decided to use the trial program which allows for 50 login uses. I fell in love with the program. VERY easy to use and if at anytime I have a question, a simple email to the designer, Matthias Arndt, I would receive an email in return within an hour or so giving me explicit instructions on how to accomplish whatever I was trying to do. I have recommended this program to the quilt shop where I purchased the machine and I have recommended this program to many embroidery friends, especially those working with the Apple computer. Give it a try and see how easy it is to change thread color, work with designs and then place them via a smart disk into your embroidery machine. It is a wonderful tool. Thank you Mathias for your hard work at designing a great tool. Fishers, Indiana

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.13.0
Review by 5u coach

Great for MAC embroiderers and Excellent Service - I love this app. It’s affordable and the owner is always responsive to any questions I have. As a MAC user, it can be very frustrating to find apps that help customize and edit my designs. This APP does exactly what I need.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 2.13.0
Review by ctznjne

Need one more piece to get a 5 star rating - I check periodically to see if there is anything new on my Mac that will help me with embroidery. I have a PC that I keep just to do big lettering. I have figured out that I can buy designs and save them on my Mac which is very nice. Then I can put them on a thumb drive for the sewing machine. I can’t open them though. I can just see a thumb nail, which is Ok because I can see it. I have a Husqvarna Ruby. The format that it uses is VP3. So today in my looking I find Stitch buddy, which was a free download…I couldn’t imagine. Well it was free and now when I click on a design it actually opens in Stitch buddy…So cool. I know I can only save up to 1000 stitiches until I pay which is also fine. then I can see if I like it. The only problem is that I can’t save it in VP3? When will that be available. I will give it 5 stars then and probably buy the full version if it works like I hope. Thank you for giving us an affordable emboidery software.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people