Ellen Wasbø © 2013

Control the stitch order

Here I try to collect different tools that can be used to control the path order and direction to get the stitch order right.

Use the extension Visualize Path - > Number Nodes to view the order of the nodes.

If you have a closed path you can select the node you would like to be the starting point and break the path at this node. This node will then become two nodes: the first and the last node.

Another option to visualize the direction of the path is to define the start/end marker on the stroke. These are only visible for paths that are not closed. In this figure we have the opened the closed path from last figure so it is now an open path and thus the start/end marker are visible.

The direction of a path can be reversed by Path -> Reverse.

The svg file is an xml file and I frequently use the XML Editor (Shift+Ctrl+X) to control the order of the paths. You can also use the Layers to control this, but if a layer contain several paths you might need this editor to control the order. The nice thing about layers is that you can hide selected layers. So a combination of layers and controling the paths in the xml editor give you a good overview. I often edit the ids for the paths to more easily reorder them in the xml editor.

This website has been out of order for some months. I'm sorry about that. The code is now updated to PHP 7.2.

About svg2embroidery Convert vector graphics to embroidery files and vise versa. The tutorials will give you some ideas on how to use Inkscape to design or edit your embroidery files.

I offer the code of this application under the GNU license. Run this website using the xampp apache server.

Tutorials - How to design your own embroideries using Inkscape and svg2embroidery

Get the size and dimensions right.
Converting fram raster image to vector graphics
How to trace a raster image to create vector grafics using Inkscape.
Path order and direction
Get the path order and direction right to minimize jump stitches. This tutorial demonstrates available tools in Inkscape to help you control this.
Regular zigzag
How to convert a path to a regular zigzag path using Inkscape.
How to create fill stitch using Inkscape.
Satin stitch
How to create satin stitch using Inkscape.

My results

Hot pad
Here is my first svg2embroidery test. This is going to be a hot pad or something like that.
Free Standing Lace
Create FSL (Free Standing Lace) by drawing the paths in Inkscape. The tutorial on automatically creating zigzags might be useful.
Baby hat
A cute little and simple embroidery suitable for baby clothes. More images here
Baby jacket
A little elephant for a little baby boy. Read more about creation of satin stitches here.

Some inspiration?

Scrapbooking stamps or brushes
Scrapbooking stamps or brushes can be sewn on fabric or on paper. This image is a freebie kit from Ziggle designs found at DigiScrapDepot.com
Convert hand embroidery patterns to machine embroidery. Could be nice on a blouse for example. This image is a free pattern from Needle'nThread