StitchBuddy HD 4+

Editor for Machine Embroidery

Matthias Arndt

    • 4.2 • 249 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Manage and edit multiple embroidery designs in parallel - even directly on USB pen drives.

Have your machine embroidery designs always at hand, wherever you are! Enjoy beautiful previews on your iPhone and iPad, manage and modify designs down to stitch level, and stay in sync with your computer.


• Rotate, flip, move, resize, 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 the 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.
• File management with folders and design previews.
• Print detail sheets via AirPrint.
• Share design files, detail sheets, or real-size templates (PDF).
• Multiple levels of Undo while editing.
• Convert designs to other embroidery file formats.
• Synchronization between different devices via iCloud.
• Supports various storage locations including USB sticks.
• Open designs in other applications or share by AirDrop.

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 HD with all functions for free (saving designs is limited to 1,000 stitches). Unlock this limitation via In-App purchase if you like StitchBuddy HD 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.

NOTE: StitchBuddy HD does not digitize embroidery designs.

What’s New

Version 3.3.3

• „Clipboard“ menu was missing under iOS 15 - fixed

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
249 Ratings

249 Ratings

NicPapScott ,

Best embroidery software for Mac users!

I love StitchBuddy and have it installed on all my Mac devices - iMac, iPad and even iPhone. The ease for which you can edit and create embroidery designs while lounging with your iPad is amazing! It keeps a thumbnail image of all your purchased files organized and easy to find when creating new monograms or whatever you embroider. It has a simple and intuitive way to edit files that saves as you go. To top it all off, StitchBuddy is reasonably priced compared to other embroidery software and has the ability to try it before you buy it (you can’t save regular sized files before purchasing). There isn’t much out there for Mac users, but StitchBuddy can be used on all your Mac devices!

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much 😊

CollinsMS ,

Excellent Storage Management

I’m a hobbyist but have used an embroidery machine since 2003. I have played with multiple applications to help manage and view my inventory of .pes files and nothing worked good until StitchBuddy. I love this app and how it ties into the file system. So existing files or newly downloaded files show up with a correct thumbnail before you add them to the app. Plus the ability to nest files into folder is amazing. Don’t get me wrong I also use the other options in the app such as merging and manipulation. For me letting someone look through my files using my iPhone and choosing what to embroider is priceless.

Developer Response ,

It's just great to get so wonderful reviews! Thank you! 😀

wholelottacrazydogs4119 ,

Don’t rely on the reviews!

Make sure you carefully read the description! The reviews seem to indicate a usability that does NOT exist. You CANNOT create with this. If you can change colors of portions of it without changing the rest I can’t figure it out (for example changing a solid colored word PRIDE to individual letters being different colors). Changing colors in general is very difficult because it’s hard to see exactly which stitches you’re changing. Maybe if you have a simple design it’s not bad but if you’re looking at an in the hoop design good luck figuring out which layer you’re on. And if you want to select something that’s not in a box or a continuous stitch it ain’t gonna happen. It’s basically useless. Even reordering colors is out unless you have a really good understanding of the color names in the pattern ( you know how embroidery files go - peacock blue could be grey or could be purple!) because it doesn’t highlight the stitches when you tap a color.

Developer Response ,

Please watch some of the video tutorials at to learn e.g. how to split a solid colored part into individual ones, or how to select parts of a design for modifications. And of course take reviews with a grain of salt and use the free trial to build your own opinion ... too bad you are rewarding this opportunity with a one-star review.

App Privacy

The developer, Matthias Arndt, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


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