Customize Ink/Stitch

Shortcut Keys

You can speed up your work with Ink/Stitch, if you assign shortcut keys.

Go to: Edit > Preferences > Interface > Keyboard Shortcuts and enter your desired key combinations. More information

The following list was suggested by lexelby:

Shortcut Keys Effect
ctrl+shift+O Objects panel (Object menu -> Objects)
ctrl+shift+P Params extension, without inkscape’s extension preferences dialog
ctrl+shift+L Simulate (mnemonic: Live simulation)
ctrl+shift+E Embroider extension, without inkscape’s extension preferences dialog
PageUp “Stack Up” (Inkscape version >= 0.92.2)*
PageDown “Stack Down” (Inkscape version >= 0.92.2)*
ctrl+R Reverse the direction of a path.**

*A new feature in Inkscape 0.92.2 that allows you to move an object up or down in the stacking order, even if they don’t overlap. Stack Up and Stack Down give precise control over the order that objects are stitch in. Very useful in combination with the Objects panel (Objects > Objects ...). The stacking order defines, in which order elements are stitched out (from bottom to top).

**For satins and running stitch, this changes the direction the stitches go in. Use this with the Inkscape preference in the Node tool settings, Show path direction on outlines. If you select just one vertex using the node editor and press Ctrl+R, Inkscape will reverse just one path in an object. This way you can make sure that both rails in a satin point the same direction.

Simulation Shortcut Keys

Ink/Stitch simulation already comes with shortcut keys included.


To align your vector-shapes properly, you might want to make use of the grid functionality of Inkscape. Go to View and enable Page Grid. In Snap Controls Bar make sure Snap to grids is enabled. It is also possible to adjust spacing and origin of your grids in File > Document Properties > Grids.


Enabling Path Outlines & Direction

Knowing path directions is important working with Ink/Stitch. Therefore we recommend to enable the checkboxes Show path direction on outlines and Show temporary outline for selected paths in Edit > Preferences > Tools > Node.

Make sure that also Show path outline is enabled in Tool Controls Bar as you can see in the image below.

Path outlines & directions

Working with Templates

If you decided to use Ink/Stitch more frequently for your embroidery work, you might get tired of setting up the whole scene over and over again. In this case you are ready to create a template for your basic embroidery setup. Once you organised everything as desired, simply save your file in your templates folder. You can now access it by File > New from template.

Operating system Template Folder
Linux ~/.config/inkscape/templates
Windows C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\inkscape\templates

You should confirm the user folder in your inkscape preferences see the FAQ.

Tip: Get predefined templates from our tutorial section.

Install Thread Color Palettes

Ink/Stitch comes with a lot of thread manufacturer color palettes which can be installed into Inkscape. This allows to build the designs with the correct colors in mind. Colors will appear in the PDF-Output and will also be included into your embroidery file, if your file format supports it.

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