Obviously I forgot to hit "submit" when I wrote my answer 2 days ago! I had said that the problem was solved. I found another embroiderer with XP and when she opened the file, it was empty. If Windows8 had opened it I could have save a lot of time. But I did find that I had already opened it and converted it and saved it to the Win8 desktop and really did have the design after all. Ain't Senior Moments grand? Thanks to everyone who stopped by and gave me a flower, and to those who responded. What would we do without our lovely cuties?
In windows 8.1 you can RIGHT click on the ZIP file. You get a menu and one choice is to EXTRACT ALL. Be sure where you extract to.
I had extracted before I wrote Cuties and it still wouldn't open. I was so frustrated. Now I know that the design wasn't in there (see above) but it would have been so much easier if Windows 8 had opened it. Thanks so much for your suggestion.