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Running Stitch

What it is

Running Stitch Butterfly

Running stitch produces a series of small stitches following a line or curve.

Running Stitch Detail

How to Create

Running stitch can be created by setting a dashed stroke on a path. Any type of dashes will do the job, and the stroke width is irrelevant.

Running Stitch Dashes Select the stroke and go to Object > Fill and Stroke... and choose one of the dashed lines in the Stroke style tab.

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.

Info: In order to avoid rounding corners, an extra stitch will be added at the point of any sharp corners.


Open Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Params to change parameters to your needs.

Settings Description
Running stitch along paths Must be enabled for these settings to take effect.
Method Choose running stitch for the running stitch type
Manual stitch placement Enable Manual Stitch Mode
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.
Zig-Zag spacing (peak-to-peak) Not relevant for running stitch
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.
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.

patterned running stitch

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