Params

Extensions > Ink/Stitch > English > Params opens the params dialog, where you can specify all the details for your stitches.

Stitch Types

Ink/Stitch can produce the following stitch types

Params Stitch Type Path Object
Stroke running stitch, manual stitch, zig-zag stitch, bean stitch Stroke
Satin satin column, e-stitch Two strokes (with optional rungs)
Fill fill stitch Closed path with a fill color

Stitch Types

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Stroke Params

Params Stroke

Settings Description
Satin stitch along paths Must be enabled for these settings to take effect.
Manual stitch placement Enable Manual Stitch Mode
Repeats ◦ Defines how many times to run down and back along the path
◦ Default: 1 (traveling once from the start to the end of the path)
◦ Odd number: stitches will end at the end of the path
◦ Even number: stitching will return to the start of the path
Bean stitch number of repeats ◦ Enable Bean Stitch Mode
◦ Backtrack each stitch this many times.
◦ A value of 1 would triple each stitch (forward, back, forward).
◦ A value of 2 would quintuple each stitch, etc.
◦ Only applies to running stitch.
Running stitch length Length of stitches in Running Stitch Mode
Zig-Zag spacing (peak-to-peak) ◦ Length of stitches in Zig-Zag Mode
◦ The Height is defined by the stroke width

Info: If an object consists of multiple paths, they will be stitched in order with a jump between each.

Satin Params

Params Satin Column.jpg

Settings Description
Custom satin column Must be enabled for these settings to take effect.
“E” stitch Enables “E” stitch instead of satin. Don’t forget to enlarge the zig-zag spacing for this stitch type.
Pull compensation Satin stitches pull the fabric together, resulting in a column narrower than you draw in Inkscape. This setting expands each pair of needle penetrations outward from the center of the satin column. You’ll have to determine experimentally how much compensation you need for your combination of fabric, thread, and stabilizer.
Zig-Zag spacing the peak-to-peak distance between zig-zags

Info: Ink/Stitch considers each pair of Bezier curves, one at a time. It picks the longest of the two and determines how many zig-zags will be necessary to satisfy the zig-zag spacing setting. This makes it so that the outside of a curve will never have sparse stitching like with simple satin.

However, this does mean that the inside of a curve will have a higher stitch density than you specified. Be careful how you design sharp curves, because stitching at too high a density may poke a hole in the fabric!

Satin Column Underlay

Satin Column also supports three kinds of underlay, of which you can use any or all simultaneously.

Center-Walk Underlay

This is a row of running stitch down the center of the column and back. This may be all you need for thin satin columns. You can also use it as a base for more elaborate underlay.

Params - Center-Walk Underlay Example

Params - Center-Walk Underlay

Settings Description
Stitch length Length of stitches (in mm)

Contour Underlay

This is a row of running stitch up one side of the column and back down the other. The rows are set in from the edge of the column by an amount you specify. For small or medium width satin, this may serve well enough by itself.

Params - Contour Underlay Example

Params - Contour Underlay

Settings Description
Contour underlay inset Inset to cover the underlay entirely by the top layer. Negative values are possible.
Stitch length Length of stitches (in mm)

Zig-Zag Underlay

This is essentially a lower-density satin stitch sewn to the end of the column and back to the start. Added with contour underlay, you get the “German Underlay” mentioned in the article linked above. For wide columns or challenging fabrics, you can use all three underlay types together.

Params - Zig-Zag Underlay Example

Params - Zig-Zag Underlay

Settings Description
Inset amount Inset to cover the underlay entirely by the top layer. Negative values are possible.
Zig-Zag spacing The peak-to-peak distance between zig-zags.

Auto Fill Params

Params AutoFill

Settings Description
Underlay Must be enabled for these settings to take effect.
Fill angle Defaults to 90 degrees angle to the top layer. It’s the best value for most cases. But sometimes you might want to change your underlay directions.
Inset Inset to cover the underlay entirely by the top layer. Negative values are possible (usefull for “knockdown” stitches).
Max stitch length Maximum stitch length. Stitches can be shortened at the start or the end of a row.
Row spacing Underlay row spacing. Defaults to 3x the spacing of the top layer.

Auto Fill Underlay

Params AutoFill

Settings Description
Underlay Must be enabled for these settings to take effect.
Fill angle Defaults to 90 degrees angle to the top layer. It’s the best value for most cases. But sometimes you might want to change your underlay directions.
Inset Inset to cover the underlay entirely by the top layer. Negative values are possible (usefull for “knockdown” stitches).
Max stitch length Maximum stitch length. Stitches can be shortened at the start or the end of a row.
Row spacing Underlay row spacing. Defaults to 3x the spacing of the top layer.

Manual Fill Params

Params Manual Fill

Settings Description
Manually routed fill stitching Must be enabled for these settings to take effect.
Angle of lines of stitches The angle of the rows of stitches, in degrees. 0 is horizontal, and the angle increases in a counter-clockwise direction. Negative angles are allowed.
Flip fill The flip option can help you with routing your stitch path. When you enable flip, stitching goes from right-to-left instead of left-to-right. Using flip and rotating 180 additional degrees (by adding or subtracting 180 from angle), you can cause fill stitching for a given shape to start from any of the four possible corners.
Maximum fill stitch length The length of each stitch in a row. “Max” is because a shorter stitch may be used at the start or end of a row.
Spacing between rows Distance between rows of stitches.
Stagger row this many times before repeating Stitches are staggered so that neighboring rows of stitches don’t all fall in the same column (which would create a distracting valley effect). Setting this dictates how many rows apart the stitches will be before they fall in the same column position.

Presets

You also have the possibility to save your preferred stitch settings and load them when needed.

Presets Dialog

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