What is an HUS File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert HUS Files

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A file with the HUS file extension is a Husqvarna Designer Embroidery Machine Format file used by Viking Husqvarna sewing machines. HUS files contain sewing instructions that can be read by various embroidering software.

This Swedish company was founded in 1872 and previously called Husqvarna Sewing Machines before changing to VSM Group. In 2006, VSM Group was purchased by Kohlberg & Co., the owner of the American sewing brand Singer.

VSM Group was then merged with Singer to create SVP Worldwide, which stands for the sewing brands it represents: Singer, Viking, and Pfaff.

How To Open an HUS File

HUS files can be opened using Basic Embird (with the Studio plugin), Pfaff 3D Creative Suite, Buzz Tools' BuzzXplore, and Design Gallery's StudioPlus.

I'm sure some of the software on Husqvarna's own website can open HUS files, too. If you received a CD with your sewing machine, the software can probably be found there as well.

SewWhat-Pro and a program called my editor are two other applications that may be able to open HUS files.

Note: HUM (OMSI Human Configuration), AHS, and HUH (HydroCAD Unit Hydrograph Definitions) files share some of the same letters as files with the .HUS extension, but don't confuse them with each other - each of them are completely different file formats that don't open in the same way.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the HUS file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open HUS files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert an HUS File

One way you can convert an HUS file is with Basic Embird. Just make sure you're using Manager mode, which can be toggled between Editor mode with the menu at the top of the program.

Data 7 Embroidery Conversion Tool is another option for converting an HUS file to another file format.

You can get a trial from the download page.

Use the File > Save as... menu in the Data 7 program to convert the HUS file to PES (Bernina/Brother/Babylock/Simplicity); VST (Virtual Stitch); Tajima's DST, DSB, or DSZ formats; Wilcom's T01, T03, T04, or T05 formats; Elna (EMD); Pfaff (PCS); Pfaff Mac (PCM), and several other similar sewing-related formats.

Wilcom's TrueSizer Web is another way to convert an HUS file. After you sign up for a free user account on that website, upload the file and then use the Convert Design button to save it to some of the same formats supported by Data 7 Embroidery Conversion Tool, as well as to ones like PEC, SEW, JEF, PCD, PCQ, CSD, and XXX.

Husqvarna has a plugin called Premier+ Explorer Plug-In that should be able to convert an HUS file to VP3.

Tip: You can normally convert a file using a free file converter if you're working with a more popular format like MP3, DOCX, or PDF. However, HUS files aren't supported in most of those types of converter tools, which is why you should use one of the programs I mentioned above.

More Help With HUS Files

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Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the HUS file and I'll see what I can do to help.