What it is
Running stitch produces a series of small stitches following a line or curve.
How to Create
Running stitch is created by a path with a stroke color.
The stitch direction can be influenced by the path direction. If you want to swap the starting and ending point of your running stitch run
Path > Reverse.
If an object consists of multiple paths, they will be stitched in order with a jump between each.
Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Params to change parameters to your needs.
|Running stitch along paths||Must be enabled for these settings to take effect.|
|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.
|Running stitch length||Length of stitches|
|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.|
|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.|
For a better stitch routing try the extension
Autoroute Running Stitch in the stroke tools.
Patterned Running Stitch
Read the tutorial how to easily create a patterned running stitch.
Sample Files Including Running Stitch
Using Tiling LPE, clipping path and autorouting to achieve Pattern Fill
Ink/Stitch logo as SVG file, digitized version and branding guide.
Auto-route running stitch Unicorn