Original text by Marina Belova
It sometimes seems so strange to me when I hear questions the answers to which lie on the very surface. But then I realize that some newcomers might not be familiar it.
For instance, it always surprised me that every machine embroidery course teaches you to draw from scratch, explaining what exactly do you draw and how. Not everybody learns how to use graphics editing software before embarking upon creation of the machine embroidery designs.
So I won't discuss in a great detail precisely how and in what way the objects are created because it depends on the embroidery editor. Today I'll simply tell you what objects a user can draw. There only two types of such objects:
1. A line. A line can be open or closed.
The basic types of stitches that can be applied to the line:
- Running stitch
- Satin column
- Cross stitch
- Motif stitch (macros)
- Manual stitch
An area. An area is usually a closed object of a varying shape. Why usually? Because some editors permit filling the areas within the open outlines.
The basic types of stitches that can be applied to the area:
- Contour fill
- Spiral fill
- Radial fill
- Cross fill
To know more about stitch types, click here.
What stitch type to choose for any object in particular, depends on its size, shape, outlines, its intended purposes, the desired decorative effect, and, of course, a digitizer's experience. All of this should be taken into account before digitizing has even started.