Wilcom’s EmbroideryStudio e4.5 Designing

This is Wilcom’s top level embroidery software. Use it to create any type of embroidery design from a corporate logo to complex fashion piece.

Wilcom software is used by more professional digitisers than any other brand, and it’s never been more affordable.

  • Digitising Power 100% 100%
  • Editing Power 100% 100%
  • Lettering Power 100% 100%

The easiest way to own the world’s best Embroidery Software

Get your hands on e4.5 Designing, Wilcom’s flagship product for the price of digitising one logo per week!
  • FREE updates for life, you’ll always be up to date with the latest version
  • FREE dongle insurance. If your security device goes missing we’ll replace it
  • SAVE £100 on our 1:1 training rates
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Turn artwork into embroidery.

Digitise your own designs to produce better looking embroidery than your competitors.

Make more money

  • Prospect new businesses with an embroidered sample that you’ve digitised in-house.
  • React instantly to customer demand. Take on that last-minute rush order and charge extra for the privilege.
  • Make designs run more efficiently by reducing stitch counts and trims.

Includes CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X8

Auto Digitise embroidery with CorelDraw

CorelDraw and Wilcom work together within the same program. They sit back to back so you can switch effortlessly from one program to the other.

CorelDraw > Wilcom

Open an image in CorelDraw and the software will convert it to vector. Scale it to the required size and press the convert button to turn it into stitches.

Wilcom > CorelDraw

Open an embroidery file in Wilcom and set the colours. Select the whole design and press the convert button to turn it into vector artwork .

Hi quality embroidered lettering

  • Over 200 Ready to embroider fonts, including NEW 3D foam fonts
  • Specially designed fonts to stitch 4mm or less
  • Convert true type fonts and open type fonts to embroidery
  • Place text on arcs, circles or define your own baselines
  • Change the direction that letters are stitched such as centre out for caps

Quick Text Setup

How many hours have you spent moving letters left and right so they sit just right? Wilcom remembers how you like the letters to be positioned so you never have to do it again. This feature is called Update Kerning Values.

Ever had a font that needs modifying? Select the letter using the reshape tool and modify the outline. Save the changes under a new name and it will be available to use in the future. This feature is called User Refined Lettering.

Creative Stitch Styles

e4 Designing contains a huge selection of stitch styles.

  1. Manual and Triple Manual Run (each click forms a stitch)
  2. Run Stitch and Triple Run Stitch
  3. Sculpture Stitch (a mix of Run Stitch and Triple Run Stitch)
  4. Back Stitch
  5. Stem Stitch
  6. Satin and Raised Satin (uses multiple tours of satin to give a 3D look)
  7. Jagged Edge
  8. Zig Zag
  9. E Stitch
  10. Tatami Outline
  11. Program Split Outline (can be a mix of satin and tatami)
  12. Square Stitch
  13. Tatami
  14. Satin
  15. Radial Fill
  16. Motif Fill
  17. Square Fill
  18. Program Split Fill (can be a mix of satin and tatami)

Add even more stitch styles with Elements.

Create Realistic Mock-ups

 The NEW Improved Product Visualiser

Pick from a library of high resolution product images or upload your own. Position the embroidery design and print off a PDF approval sheet or Email it directly from within the software.

No more mistakes!

The product image is saved with the embroidery file, so next time the design is opened, your production staff will see exactly where to stitch it.

Get Creative with Freehand Digitising

Draw freehand embroidery with a mouse or tablet. Produce artistic looking embroidery designs and charge a premium.

Freehand was previously an add on Element. There are 6 more Elements included as standard on e4 Designing, saving you £2012.

  1. Kiosk = Easy text setup for machine operators or retail customers.
  2. Auto Digitise Bitmaps = Instantly turn graphics to stitches.
  3. Bling = Create rhinestone lettering and designs.
  4. Virtual Decoration = Convert embroidery previews to PNG at any dpi.
  5. Vector Drawing = Create vector art inside the Wilcom workspace.
  6. Shaping Tools = Reshaping existing embroidery objects using familiar graphic tools.

Productivity Features

Shaping Tools
Previously a £343 option and now standard in e4 Designing. The Shaping Tools feature is a necessity for production digitising.


Styles are a huge time saver. Store favourite stitch settings as a style and instantly apply them to other objects.

Make properties current / Apply current properties

Once you’ve used this feature, you’ll be lost without it!

Click on an object to record its stitch properties, such as underlay, connector settings, stitch type, spacing, pull compensation etc. Now you can apply those properties to another object with a single click.

Once recorded those settings can be used for all concurrent objects saving you a ton of time retyping their values.

Smooth Nodes

Auto-Converting graphics to embroidery objects often results in hundreds of unwanted nodes. This feature automatically cleans up the outlines and reduces the file size.


Select a group of touching embroidery objects and apply Branching to resequence them without any trims.

Backtrack and Repeat

Save time punching an outline twice by using backtrack and repeat. It duplicates the outline and stitches it either clockwise or reverse.

Automatically Generate Appliqué files

Appliqué typically consists of five steps

  1. Run stitch outline to use as a guide for positioning the fabric
  2. Frame out so the fabric can be stuck in position
  3. Tack down outline to secure the fabric
  4. Underlay
  5. Satin border

The five steps have been automated into one function called Auto Appliqué. Simply draw the applique outline and the software will do the rest. It will even generate a preview so your customer can see exactly how their design is going to look.

e4 Designing Partial Appliqué

Appliqué satin borders look bulky where they overlap. Partial Appliqué will automatically remove the borders so they won’t be stitched.

Easy Colour Proofing

The Wilcom Colour Wheel

If you’ve ever had to proof designs in different colourways then you know how long it takes. We’ve made this quick in E4 Designing with the Colour Wheel function.

How it works

Open a design and rotate the arms on the colour wheel. The design changes colour in real time.

Once you’re happy with the result, click the “Match All Threads” button and the software will map the colours to your favourite thread chart.

Want to show variations based on the current colour palette?

You can do that with the “cycle used colours” feature. Each click rotates the colour order one at a time.

Power up e4.5 Designing with Elements.

Expand the functionality of e4 Designing by adding extra features (we call them Elements). Order Elements individually or in groups to save money.

There are 13 e4.5 Designing Elements to choose from. Click an icon for further info..

Questions about EmbroideryStudio e4.5 Designing?

Call 01297 300501 we'll be happy to help


Registered users receive free email and telephone support.


The software is delivered with a comprehensive PDF instruction manual covering all aspects of the program.

Technical Information

Wilcom can directly connect to modern machines such as Barudan, Brother, Happy and RiCOMA using their propriety connection software. In many cases older machines and other brands can be connected using the Wilcom Stitch and Connection Manager.

Operating System Compatibility

Operating System Compatibility

OS VersionWin8 32/64Win7 32/64VistaWinXPWin2000Win ME / 98 / 95
Wilcom E4YesYesNoNoNoNo
Wilcom E3YesYesYesSP3NoNo

Installing on a MAC

There are two ways that you can choose:

  1. Install in a Windows that is installed in the boot camp of MAC computer
  2. Install in a Windows that is installed in a virtual machine on MAC computer, such as Parallels or VMware.

Note: for Parallels, the “Coherence Mode” should be turned off to assure Wilcom software working fine in Windows.

We strongly suggest to use the first way. Although most users like to use the second way as it is more convenient than the first way, in some rare case, CorelDRAW software can have issue and no way for Corel Support to fix. Please keep it in mind when you make decision in which you would like to install Windows on a MAC computer.

System Requirements

PC specifications for Wilcom software

The following are the minimum and recommended system requirements for the Wilcom embroidery software. Wilcom e3 software is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. You can also run Wilcom software on a Mac.

Minimum Requirements

  • Intel® Pentium® 4, AMD Athlon™ 64 or AMD Opteron™
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8 (32-bit or 64-bit Editions), Microsoft® Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit Editions), Windows Vista® (32-bit or 64-bit Editions), or Windows® XP (32-bit) *, all with latest service packs installed.
  • 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) RAM
  • 40 GB hard disk space (at least 20GB free disk space after installation)
  • 17″ at 1024 X 768
  • 32-bit color support
  • Dedicated USB port for a USB Dongle
  • Mouse or Tablet
  • DVD-ROM Drive for software installation (Dual Layer DVD-ROM for Extras DVD)
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7 or later
  • Sound Card required for multimedia training


  • 2 GHz + Latest Intel or AMD 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) multi core processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8 or Microsoft® Windows® 7 all with latest service packs installed. (32-bit or 64-bit Editions)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard disk space or more (at least 40 GB free disk space after installation)
  • Graphics card: Support for DirectX 9 graphics with: WDDM Driver 512MB or higher of graphics memory (non-integrated) Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware 32 bits per pixel Dual Monitor Capable Dual Monitors capable of displaying 1280 X 1024 or higher
  • Dedicated USB port for a USB Dongle
  • Mouse or Tablet
  • DVD-ROM Drive for software installation (Dual Layer DVD-ROM for Extras DVD)
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 10.0 or later
  • Sound Card required for multimedia training
  • Backup Device – e.g. DVD Burner, Tape Backup, removable hard drive.

*Although Windows XP (32bit) is supported, Wilcom highly recommends you consider updating to Windows 7 or Windows 8

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