Stitch Library

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


Stroke stitches can be used for: outlines, line art embroidery or to add details into your design.

Running Stitch

Running stitch produces a series of small stitches following a line or curve.

Running Stitch Detail

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Bean Stitch

Bean stitch describes a repetition of running stitches back and forth. This would result in thicker threading.

Bean Stitch Detail

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Manual Stitch

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

Manual Stitch Detail

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Ripple Stitch

Ripple stitch is a versatile stitch type that stretches over a surface in spirals, rows of lines or even grids.

Ripple Stitch

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Zig-Zag Stitch

Zig-Zag stitches are a very basic option to create a simple zig-zag line. We recommend to use them only for straight lines, because they will not stitch nicely around edges. In most cases, you would prefer a satin column instead.

Zigzag Stitch Detail

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Satin Column

Satin stitch is mostly used for borders, letters or small fill areas.

Ink/Stitch will draw zig-zags back and forth between two lines, while you can vary the thickness of the column as you like.

Satin Column Detail

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The biggest purpose for E-stitch is a simple but strong cover stitch for applique items. Mainly for baby cloths as their skin tends to be more sensitive.

E-Stitch Detail

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“S-Stitch” is a satin column that looks like a curvy fill.

S-Stitch sample

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Zigzag Satin

“Zigzag “ is a satin column that looks like a better version of the zigzag stitch (stroke).

Zizag Sample

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Fill Stitch

Fill stitch is used to fill big areas with a color.

Fill stitch realistic

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Circular Fill

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

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Contour Stitch

Contour fill covers areas with stitches following the contour of an object.

Contour stitch

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Guided Fill

Create guide lines to generate a curved fill.

Guided fill

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Linear Gradient Fill

This feature will be part of an upcoming Ink/Stitch release. It is not yet integrated in Ink/Stitch.

Linear gradient fill uses Inkscapes linear gradient color to create seamless gradients with a consistent stitch positioning.

Gradient sample

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Meander Fill

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 fill

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Tartan Fill

This feature will be part of an upcoming Ink/Stitch release. It is not yet integrated in Ink/Stitch.

Tartan is a patterned fabric with colored horizontal and vertical stripes. It is typically known from scottish kilts. The embroidery stitch type tries to mimic the typical pattern.

Tartan sample

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Legacy Fill

In legacy fill, the extension will still break up the shape into sections, each of which can be embroidered in one go. Then these sections will be fill-stitched one at a time, jumping directly between sections.

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