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===INK/STITCH (Inkscape Extension)===
This is a free and open source way to create embroidery designs. It also gives the user more control and detailing from imported pictures, however it is more complicated to use. You can find the extension on their website at inkstitch.org [https://inkstitch.org/] along with information on how to download and install it. They provide tutorials for different functionalities too.
#Create a new document on Inkscape.
====SATIN STITCHING IN INK/STITCH====
There is a wonderful tutorial on using Ink/Stitch to make satin stitching on edutechwiki.unige.ch [https://edutechwiki.unige.ch/en/InkStitch_-_satin_columns] from the University of Geneva.
NOTE: If you are making a satin stitch from a few lines on the same path, occasionally the default parameter will be to satin stitch the individual lines separately with very loose zig-zag pattern despite following all the steps in the wiki above. Uncheck "Lines to Satin" to solve this problem.
*The machine is threaded properly and the thread is through the needle
*The bobbin is not emptythreaded with bobbin thread
*The foot is down
#Insert the spool of thread into the long pin.
#Before threading, make sure the needle is in its highest position. If not you will have to adjust , press the height round button with a picture of a needle with a horizontal line through it that is underneath the knob show Brother logo on the right side front of the machine. If the needle goes down instead of up, press that button once more.  Note: It is advised that you use thread meant for embroidery. It would say embroidery on the spool, this yields higher quality results.  '''Now we are using the steps that are on the machine.'''##Bring the string through the metal hook.##Continue bringing it underneath the plastic piece. You can also see the visual guide on how to do this that is on the machine.##Pull the thread down the side of the machine into the slot. Now take the thread and wrap it around the thin plastic U shaped part, pulling it all the way up.##Keep pulling the thread up and then pull it toward the machine.##Then pull the thread down, you will notice that it will latch onto the metal piece on the inside.'''Note:''' If the thread does not latch onto the metal piece, try again until it does.##Make sure the needle is in the highest position, then pull down the thread and latch it to the hook above the need labelled##Finally pull the string from the needle and cut off the excess length. (Leave about 10cm) That’s it for threading the machine!
'''Note:''' Do not pull the string out of the needle, only the excess part to cut it off
A sewing machine needs a feed of thread from the bottom too. Otherwise the thread wouldn’t stay onto what you’re sewing on. You can see in the demonstration on the side how the bobbin role is important when it comes to sewing.
The bobbin is found in the bottom of the machine and needs to be refilled every time it runs out, otherwise the machine will not sew, and an error message will pop up on the machine's screen.
If the bobbin is empty, you must follow the steps on rewinding the thread onto the bobbin.
#Take the lid off the bobbin cover as the diagram shows, then take out the spool of thread bobbin and remove any remaining thread from it. Place the bobbin in the bobbin winding tool as shown on the machine.#Turn on the machine and place the '''bobbin thread''' spool in the thread holder of the machine. If the bobbin thread spool does not fit on the top of , use the large spool holder near the machine as shownstation.
#Pass the thread under the hook then around the metal cylindrical part as shown.
#Then wrap the thread around the spool bobbin several times so it doesn’t come off or get loose. Make sure it is in this direction.
#The start button (The one with the arrow) should now be yellow, press it and it will start winding the thread around the spool. Once it’s nearly full, press the yellow button again to stop it.
#Push the bobbin the other way as show and take it off the winder. Your bobbin is now refilled!
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