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Tatami fill

What is a tatami fill?

A tatami fill is a dense stitch pattern (tatami stitch) used to create textured designs. It consists of short stitches (stitch length) and can be combined with longer satin stitches. The stitch angles and stitch direction determine the orientation within the fill pattern, while row spacing and forward rows control the spacing and progression of the stitches. Stitch lines are formed through needle penetrations, and the overall stitch type may include both tatami and satin stitches. The tatami underlay provides a base layer for the fill stitch.

What are the fill issues when switching from tatami stitch to a satin stitch?

Some common fill issues can arise when switching from tatami stitch to satin stitch. These include partition lines, where the fill sections are divided, and the need for edge run underlay to stabilize the edges of the design. Different stitch types may be required to achieve the desired effect, considering the object properties such as shape, size, and density. It’s important to address these issues to ensure a smooth transition between tatami fills and satin stitch areas.

What is the best embroidery stitch angle for a tatami fill?

The best embroidery stitch angle for tatami fill depends on several factors. Stitching several rows in the same direction is often recommended to achieve the desired pattern. By stitching in this manner, different types of stitching patterns can be created, resulting in a visually pleasing image. Horizontal stitching is commonly used, but other angles may be suitable depending on the width, objects, and desired offset. It’s important to experiment and find the angle that best suits the specific embroidery project.

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