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Meander Fill

What it is

Meander fill has its origins in quilting techniques. A beautiful patterned effect results for machine embroidery. Large areas can be filled with relatively few stitches.

Meander stitch detail

How to Create

  • Create a closed path with a fill color. This shape may have holes.
  • Open the params dialog (Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Params) and select Meander Fill as the fill method. There are many meander fill patterns you can choose from. Influence the look by adapting scale, smoothness, stitch length and tolerance values.

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 Meander Fill Meander Fill must be selected.
Meander Pattern   Various patterns to choose from
Meander pattern scale   Scale the pattern (%)
Expand Expand example Expand the shape before stitching, to compensate for gaps between shapes.
Smoothness   Smooth the stitch path. Smoothness linits how far the smoothed stitch path is allowed to deviate from the original path. Try low numbers like 0.2. Hint: a lower running stitch tolerance may be needed too.
Running stitch length   For meander 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.
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.
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 Meander Fill Stitches