Developer: Matthias Arndt

Current Version: 2.12.1

Last Updated: 6 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

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:

Bugfix: Quick Look preview corrected.

Please support StitchBuddy with a rating / review!


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 3 out of 3 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.12.1
Review by siandidad

Great Value with Great Support - This reasonably priced program has the exact features I need for my machine embroidery hobby. The developer, Matthias, responds in record time to any questions or need for support. I highly recommend this application for anyone who is looking for an affordable, user-friendly, simple, and straightforward tool to help achieve beautiful embroidery results.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 2.12.1
Review by Great_sewing_day

StitchBuddy - I’ve been using StitchBuddy for years. For a long time, this was the only software I could find that would work on a Mac and allow you to see your design. I still use it as my default app for looking at the various elements of the design and converting to different formats. Now, StitchBuddy has some editing capability too which is handy. It’s just an easy to open and fast too use program when I don’t want to use full editing program. As a side note, Matthias is always very responsive to my queries—even on weekends! Give it a try—it’s well worth it!

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 2.12.1
Review by sreichs

Lots of use - I’ve used StitchBuddy for about 3-4 years now. As a hobby sewist, I started with an embroidery machine that was only capable of 4"x4” designs, but have since upgraded to a much larger machine. I’ve enjoyed this software for both machines. As a Mac-only owner, this software has given me the ability to customize embroidery files. I can create monograms, add names/words, adjust design sizes … I’ve created hundreds of items now, and only recall having two design flaws (design too big by just a few stitches for my smallest hoop size.) I’ve pushed this software and my smaller machine to the limits! I wouldn’t have been able to create custom designs without this program or without having to buy a new computer system and MUCH more expensive design program. Works great for me as a hobby, and have really enjoyed using it.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 2.12.1
Review by Ngeorge654390643

Disappointed - After much research, I decided to give Stich Buddy Pro a try. Paid the 50$. Turns out it won’t save anything over 30,000 stitches (which is NOT mentioned on this page ANYWHERE) and as such it is no longer of much use for me. Had I known it wouldn’t save anything of 30K I wouldn’t have purchased it. Very Disappointing. . . . . EDIT: Customer service was excellent from the designer. For that I bump up my rating to 4 stars,

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 2.12.1
Review by scoopace

Best Basic Machine Embroidery Program for the Mac! - Stitch Buddy is an entry level machine embroidery program that fills a niche for those mac users not wanting to spend $100’s of dollars to make simple edits to embroidery designs. It is a basic machine embroidery program. It will not allow you to digitize or create your own designs. It will however allow you to accomplish simple things such combine fonts for monograms, simple combination and edits to files and view thumbnails of files without opening them. You can also change file formats (jef to pes etc.) and resize files. I have a background in graphic design and publishing and found the interface to be easy to use. I have used Stitch Buddy since version 1 (before it was on the App Store) and even though I have now invested in other more sophisticated machine embroidery software that is now available for the Mac, I still find myself using Stitch Buddy to do simple edits and to preview files. Over the years, I have had need to contact Mr. Arndt, the developer, with questions and have found him to be very responsive and helpful. I recommend this program to any beginning machine embroiderist on a budget who just wants to combine a few designs or font, resize files or change formats. I would also recommend Stitch Buddy to advanced users who have need to view thumbnails of their files.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people