Contour Fill

What it is

Contour fill detail

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

How to Create

Create a closed path with a fill color.

Set Start and End Point

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


Run Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Params. Set fill method to Contour Fill and tweak the settings to your needs.

Settings   Description
Automatically routed fill stitching Must be enabled for these settings to take effect.
Fill method Contour Fill Contour Fill must be selected to sew spiral lines of the contour
Contour Fill Strategy Inner to Outer
Contour spirals
Inner to outer (default) is able to fill shapes with bottlenecks
Single spiral fills a shape with a single spiral from the outside to the inside
Double spiral fills a shape with a double spiral, starts and ends at the outside border of the shape.
Join Style Round, Mitered, Beveled Method to handle the edges when the size the contour is reduced for the inner spirals
Avoid self-crossing Avoid self crossing effect Wheter inner to outer is allowed to cross itself or not
Clockwise   Direction to move around the contour
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
Running Stitch tolerance Tolerance Sample All stitches must be within this distance of the path. A lower tolerance means stitches will be closer together. A higher tolerance means sharp corners 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 in the Ink/Stitch preferences.
Tack stitch   Chose your favorite style
Lock stitch   Chose your favorite style
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 Countour Fill doesn’t follow the contour, but uses the fill angle which can be defined in the fill underlay params.

Samples Files Including Contour Fill Stitches

Contour Fill

Sample file for contour fill

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Contour Fill Sunflower

Sample sunflower using contour fill

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