Ellen Wasbø © 2013

Create regular zigzag

You can use Inkscape to convert any curve to a zigzagged curve. Start by drawing one zigzag and copy this to clipboard by Ctrl+C. Select the path that you want to convert to a zigzag path.

Shift+Ctrl+7 to go to the path effect editor. Add the 'Pattern Along Path' effect. Under 'Pattern source' press the 'Paste Path' button. Select 'Repeated, stretched' from 'Pattern copies'.

Scroll down to 'Fuse nearby ends' and increase the number from zero to f.x. 0.1 to make the copies of the zigzag pattern fuse to a continuous zigzag path.

Now the original path (the circle) is still a circle, but with an repeated pattern effect. Shift+Ctrl+C to convert the zigzag effect to a zigzag path.

The line elements are now probably defined as bezier curves. This will work fine, but I have a feeling that this will slow down the system so I use to convert all curves to straight lines. Ctrl+A to select all nodes. Convert to straight line elements by pressing the 'Make the selected segments lines'. Some extra nodes within the zigzag might occur. Delete these.

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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.

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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