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Circular Fill

What it is

Circular fill fills a shape with an embroidered spiral. The center of the spiral is positioned at the center of the shape. A target point can be used to define a custom spiral center.

Meander stitch detail

How to Create

  • Create a closed path with a fill color. The shape may have holes.
  • Open the params dialog (Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Params) and select Circular Fill as the fill method. Set the params as you like wish and Apply.

Set spiral center

Set Start and End Point

Set start and end points for autofill objects with Visual commands.


Run Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Params to tweak the settings to your needs.

Settings   Description
Automatically routed fill stitching Must be enabled for these settings to take effect.
Fill method Circular Fill Circular Fill must be selected.
Expand Expand example Expand the shape before stitching, to compensate for gaps between shapes.
Running stitch length   For circular fill this is the overall stitch length.
Running stitch tolerance   All stitches must be within this distance from a path. A lower tolerance means stitches will be closer together. A higher tolerance means sharp corner may be rounded.
Underpath Unterpath example Must be enabled to let running stitches travel inside shape instead of around the border when moving from section to section
Allow lock stitches   Enables lock stitches in only desired positions
Force lock stitches   Sew lock stitches after sewing this element, even if the distance to the next object is smaller than defined in the collapse length value value in the Ink/Stitch prefreneces.
Tack stitch   Select tack stitch type (start).
Lock stitch   Select lock stitch type (end).
Trim After   Trim the thread after sewing this object.
Stop After   Stop the machine after sewing this object. Before stopping it will jump to the stop position (frame out) if defined.


Underlay in Guided Fill doesn’t follow the guide line, but uses the fill angle which can be defined in the underlay params.

Samples Files Including Circular Fill Stitches