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.
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 Fillas 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.
Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Params to tweak the settings to your needs.
|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 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.|
|Clip path||Constrain stitching to the shape. Useful when smoothing and expand are used.|
|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.|
|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.
◦ It is possible to define a repeat pattern by entering multiple values separated by a space.
|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 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 Guided Fill doesn’t follow the guide line, but uses the fill angle which can be defined in the underlay params.