Developer: Matthias Arndt

Current Version: 2.14.0

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 3.5 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
• Automator actions to convert designs, change thread palettes, and create PDF files
• 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:

• Automator actions to convert design formats, change thread palette, and create PDFs
• New mode to select all stitches of one thread
• Template printouts with a second page for design details / thread colors
• Madeira Rayon colors added (#1422, #1469)
• Janome hoop ASQ18b added

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 7 out of 7 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.14.0
Review by RichH_in_NFPA

Perfect solution to my dilemma - StitchBuddy has been the perfect tool for me to use. I’m just getting started in the world of embroidery and, at this stage, have no need to create my own designs. What I do need, however, is a way to combine and/or modify existing designs. I also want to do that on a Mac. StitchBuddy provides exactly what I need at a reasonable cost. Program support has been fantastic. I was attempting to combine 3 layers of appliqués and delete stitches that would be under one or more layers. What I was doing wasn’t working so I emailed the developer and got an almost immediate response. He asked for screen shots and the design file I was attempting to modify so I sent them then went to bed. When I got up this morning (Christmas Eve!) I found an email explaining why what I was attempting wasn’t working as well as the modified design file — a delightful early Christmas present. I highly recommend StitchBuddy for combining and modifying existing embroidery designs. I felt comfortable with the GUI and was able to learn what I needed for the task at hand. Support from the developer could not be better. Thanks, Matthias and Fröhliche Weihnachten.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 2.14.0
Review by K.Newt

Awesome software for Mac - I have been using this software for years and have been very happy with it. It’s simple, easy, and works on my Mac, which for some reason is hard to find! Matthias is lightning quick at responding to emails and is a pleasure to work with. The only thing that could make this software better is the ability to use bx files, but for me at this point it’s not worth docking a star for. I highly recomend this software :)

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people