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Get Involved

This section will provide information for developers, translators and documenters. Please visit the particular sections to get more information.

Developing Ink/Stitch

Ink/Stitch Organization The plugin code as well as the pyembroidery repository can be found within the Ink/Stitch organization on GitHub.

Manual Setup

En manuel installering giver dig mulighed for at redigere koden, mens du kører udvidelsen.

Windows Manual Setup

This describes the manual setup for those who want to debug Ink/Stitch extensions on Windows. A generic and more complete description for such debug environm...

Windows Manual Build

This is an instructional guide how to build Ink/Stitch without using the manual install.

Apple Silicon Manual Build

This is an instructional guide how to build Ink/Stitch locally. The manual install for developers is described in the manual setup section.

Debugging and Profiling

We’re excited that you’re interested in contributing to Ink/Stitch’s code! Thanks for reading this guide.


Pyembroidery is a python library for the reading and writing of embroidery files.


We want to describe every possible function with text, images, and/or videos. We also want to provide instructions about the installation process and give an...


The goal of the Ink/Stitch project is to put free, high-quality embroidery design tools in the hands of folks that might normally not have access to such too...

Download Statistics

Ink/Stitch v3.0.1 (2023-06-30) Linux (DEB | RPM | SH | TAR.XZ) macOS (Monterey + | Catalina +) Windows...

Ink/Stitch XML Namespace

This page contains a description of all metadata tags and embroidery attributes. See the namespace github discussion. Namespace Declaration <svg> a...


Basic Usage

Try the following steps in order to test the extension and to learn the basic functionality.

Stitch Library

Ink/Stitch stitch types can be roughly divided into three sections: stroke, satin and fill.

Manual Stitch

What it is In manual stitch mode Ink/Stitch will use each node of a path as a needle penetration point, exactly as you placed them.

Tack and Lock Stitches

Tack and lock stitches are small stitches at the beginning (tack) or the end (lock) of a color block or before and after jump stitches or trim commands. They...

Visual Commands

Visual commands can be used to specify additional information on how to embroider your design. They can be used e.g. to tell the machine to trim the thread a...


Cutwork in machine embroidery describes a technique, where specific needles are used to cut holes into the fabric. These needles come mostly in a set of four...

Font Tools

A collection of tools suitable for font creators or those who want to add additional fonts to the Ink/Stitch lettering tool.


The params dialog is one of the main features of Ink/Stitch. With this dialog you control how your elements will be stitched out. Along with many other detai...


The current version (v 2.2.0) does not have global settings.

Tools: Satin

Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Satin Tools include a number of useful helpers, making it easy to work with satin columns.

File Formats

Ink/Stitch supports many embroidery formats. It can import and export files to the formats listed below.


Ink/Stitch can apply custom threadlists to an embroidery design. This is especially useful, if you want to work on existing embroidery files which do not sup...


Ink/Stitch Lettering Tool Ink/Stitch comes with a lettering tool, which generates nicely routed embroidery text.

Inkscape Tips

Inkscape Basics These are the basics you should understand in order to use Ink/Stitch. If you have never used Inkscape before, we recommend following an Inks...

Machine Database

Note: As you can see, this database is just in planing. Don’t take the data serious at this point.


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Font Library

Abecedaire Abril En Fleur AGS AGS Γαραμου Amitaclo Amitaclo ...

Font Library

Abecedaire Abril En Fleur AGS AGS Γαραμου Amitaclo Apex Lake ...



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Applique example file

Life Flower

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Auto route running stitches


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Using Sashiko extension with autoroute runningstitch

Contour Fill

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Sample file for contour fill

Embroidering The Inkscape Logo

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This is a screencast showing how the inkscape-embroidery extension is used to create an embroidery design.


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Fringe example file

Hoop Template

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Template for multiple hoop sizes


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Puff example file

Ripple bird

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Sample file of ripple stitch and guided fill bird

Ripple Iris

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Sample file: Ripple Iris

Ripple Tinkerbell Woman

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Sample file: Tinkerbell Woman as sample of Pattern Stitch and Ripple Stitch


Sock Hoop

If you own a 3D printer or a laser cutter but your embroidery machine is not capable to embroider on socks, you will be very interested in this project.


Hoop Template Template for multiple hoop sizes ...