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Embossed fills

Embossed fill is a decorative fill stitch used to fill wide and large areas with patterned stitching while keeping the appearance of a solid field. The pattern is repeated along a grid. You can change grid settings for greater variation.

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Elastic Embossed Fill is a decorative effect where the pattern follows the stitch angle and may be scaled to fit the width of the object. You can apply Elastic Embossed Fill to a variety of object and stitch types. See also Curved fills.

Use Object Properties > Fill > Embossed to create decorative patterns of needle penetrations while keeping the appearance of solid stitching. Choose from a pattern library.

Use Digitize > Digitize Closed Shape to create closed shapes using either outline or fill stitching. Left-click for corner points, right-click for curves.

Apply embossed fill

To preset Embossed fill, open the Object Properties docker with no objects selected. Any closed line digitizing tool is available for use. Double-click to edit existing objects. The Object Properties > Fill tab opens. Select Embossed Fill. You can choose from many patterns.

Default settings apply. These can be adjusted according to your product level. Not all settings are available in all levels of product.


Embossed fill settings

Embossed fill settings can be controlled in a similar way to Motif fill settings, both via the Object Properties docker and interactively on screen. The docker allows you to control pattern size, spacing, and orientation by the same settings as motif fill. It also allows you to control the stitch density via Stitch values. See also Motif stitch.

Embossed fills are used to fill wide and large areas with patterned decorative stitching while keeping the appearance of a solid field. The pattern is repeated along a grid. You can change the grid settings for greater variation. Click the thumbnail to read more or right-click to open the link in a new tab...


Pattern size

You can change pattern size to obtain less densely patterned effects. The Size setting doesn't affect spacing between patterns.

Pattern spacing

The Spacing setting determines distance between patterns. You have independent control over horizontal (X) and vertical (Y) spacings. The Spacing field does not affect pattern size.


Pattern orientation

You can change pattern orientation for different effects. Try different angles in the Rotation Angle field.


Pattern layout

In addition to object properties, you can adjust pattern layouts interactively. Lay out patterns on-screen by using ‘guide motifs’ to scale, space, transform and offset the entire pattern.

Click Layout. Sample and guide patterns appear in the design workspace. There are three blue guide patterns. Other sample patterns appear in yellow. Each guide pattern lets you change different elements of the layout:

  • Use the left guide pattern like any object to move, rotate, and skew patterns. Click twice to access rotation handles.
  • Use the top guide pattern to change row spacing and row offset.
  • Use the right guide pattern to change column spacing.
  • All guide patterns can be used to adjust pattern scale by dragging sizing handles.
  • Press <Enter> to confirm changes. All patterns in the fill change accordingly.
  • Zoom in and adjust selected guides to achieve the effect you require.

Use Select > Reshape to reshape an object shape, edit stitch angles, adjust entry and exit points, or customize envelopes.

Use Edit Objects / Digitize > Add Stitch Angles to add stitch angles to selected closed objects with or without holes.

Grid orientation

As an alternative to using the layout guides to control grid orientation, you can use stitch angle to control pattern orientation.

Where this feature really comes into its own, however, is in combination with multiple stitch angles. When activated, the grid adjusts to orientate itself to the stitch angles defined within the object.

The difference is that embossed fills can be applied to objects with turning stitches creating three dimensional, turning pattern effects which can’t be achieved by embossed fill alone.

If the object you are working with does not contain turning stitches, you can generally add them with the Add Stitch Angles tool. See also Stitch angles.

Curved embossed fills

Embossed fills can be combined with stitch effects to contour patterns around curved lines. See also Curved fills.

I was fortunate to collaborate with the beautiful Catherine Noel again, an amazing graphics artist from the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. You might still remember the Seahorse machine embroidery design I wrote a blog article on a while back. Catherine generously allowed me then to use her drawing as the base artwork for my embroidery design. Click the thumbnail to read more or right-click to open the link in a new tab...