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Zig-Zag Stitch (Simple Satin)

What it is

Zig-Zag stitches are a very basic option to create a simple zig-zag line.

How to Create

Zig-Zag stitches can be created by using a continuous line (without dashes).

Ink/Stitch will create stitches along the path using the stroke width you specified.

Zig-Zag stitches

Running Stitch Dashes Go to Object > Fill and Stroke... and set the desired stroke width in the Stroke style tab.


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 This setting has no effect on zigzag stitches
Running stitch length This setting has no effect on zigzag stitches
Running stitch tolerance This setting has no effect on zigzag stitches
Zig-Zag spacing (peak-to-peak) Distance between zigzag stitches. The height is defined by the stroke width.
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 prefreneces.
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.


Satin Column: A Better Option

It is not recommended to use the Zig-Zag Stitch Mode to create a satin border, use Satin Column instead.

Ink/Stitch will plot zig-zags to the left and right of the line from start to end, but it won’t do anything special around curves and corners. Sharper curves and corners will result in sparse stitching around the outside of the curve and dense stitching around the inside. This won’t look good and may even poke holes in the insides of corners.

Compare zig-zag and satin column