Ink/Stitch Features

Noticeable Features

  • Digitize machine embroidery designs using Inkscape (SVG)
  • Cross Platform
    • all code libraries built in, no need to install anything else!
  • User interface translated to several languages (translation help appreciated!)
  • Import and Export many popular machine embroidery formats
    • including batch export
  • Add Trims and Stops
  • Edit Stitch Order
  • Set custom origin point as (0, 0) in the design file
  • Animated stitch-out preview
    • including live-preview as you adjust settings like row spacing underlay, etc.
  • Print to PDF
    • realistic rendering
      • line-drawing mode available as well
    • embroidery machine operator layout with color blocks, thread names, stitch counts, and custom notes
    • client-oriented layout designed for you to send to your customer
    • highly customizable through your web browser
  • Thread manufacturer palettes (over 60 manufacturers included)
    • automated installation of Inkscape palettes for use in your designs
    • thread names and catalog numbers included in PDF printouts
  • Lettering

Supported Stitch Types

Fill Stitch

  • automatically fill arbitrary shapes with stitches
  • adjust the stitch length, row spacing, and row angle
  • underlay

Satin Stitch

  • custom-design your satin column with varying width
  • automatic routing (with underpathing running stitch if needed)
  • mix and match 3 kinds of underlay
    • center-walk
    • contour
    • zig-zag
  • e stitch

Stroke Type Stitches

  • running stitch
  • bean stitch
  • manual stitch
    • each stitch exactly where you want it

Supported File Formats

Writing

CSV, DST, EXP, JEF, PEC, PES, SVG, TXT (G-CODE), U01, VP3

Reading

100, 10o, BRO, DAT, DSB, DST, DSZ, EMD, EXP, EXY, FXY, GT, INB, JEF, JPX, KSM, MAX, MIT, NEW, PCD, PCM, PCQ, PCS, PEC, PES, PHB, PHC, SEW, SHV, STC, STX, TAP, TBF, TXT (G-CODE), U01, VP3, XXX, ZXY

Roadmap

Here are features we’re hoping to add, though not necessarily in this order:

  • Gradient Fill (already realised as a hidden feature)
  • Pattern fill #33
  • Multi-Decoration Support #371
  • Automatic splitting of designs for small machines #182
  • Multiple Underlay for Fill #110
  • Split satins #77
  • Running Stitch Autoroute #373
  • 32-bit Linux support (build engineers needed!)