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Cutwork in machine embroidery describes a technique, where specific needles are used to cut holes into the fabric. These needles come mostly in a set of four. Each needle is capable to cut in a specific angle range. Therefore it is necessary to split an element into the angle sections of your needles.


Ink/Stitch comes with a tool that will help you to split your elements according to the needle angles.

  • Select one or more stroke objects
  • Open Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Cutwork segmentation Cutwork segmentation window
  • Set the angles and colors as you need them for your specific needle kit
  • Apply

A circle cut into pieces by cutwork segmentation

Sometimes it will be necessary to leave gaps in the border of the hole, so that the cutout fabric stays connected to the main piece. This will prevent that the machine pulls in small cutout pieces of fabric.

Attention: Do not rotate your design after applying this feature.

Common needle setups

Needle Angle Start End
| 90° 67 113
/ 45° 112 157
158 23
\ 135° 22 68
Brand #1 #2 #3 #4
Bernina | / \
Pfaff, Husqvarna Viking, Inspira Red / Yellow Green \ Blue |
Brother, Babylock Blue / Purple Green \ Orange |
Janome Red Blue / Black | Green \