Let's stitch! A step-by-step tutorial

Last modified by vesna on 2020/08/05 12:59

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Goal: In this tutorial you will get to know how to design your own embroidery patterns.

But what is Code'n'Stitch?


The embroidery extension of pocket code or create@school  (only available for android devices) will let you program your own embroidery templates. No borders are set to your fantasy!

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Check out the code’n’stitch instagram page for more pics and videos.

Let's stitch!

Task: Setup and a first sample.

01. Activate the embroidery extension. 

(not necessary for Embroidery Designer App)

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You now have new bricks:

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02. Create a new, empty project.

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03. Add a new embroidery object.

Embroidery objects represent a layer of the needle. That's how we control the embroidery machine.

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04. Switch to the scripts of your object and build this script.

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Hint: Use the color to find the bricks.

Start the program and check it out!

*If you want to see all of your stitches, use the "hide"-brick (look category).

05. Expand your script:

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Start your program again.

You now programed a corner. So to stitch lines you only have to activate the running stitch and move the needle.

06. Try to stitch a square by adapting your program on your own!

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Are there many blue bricks in your script?
You can shorten your script by using a loop! Try it. You'll find a solution at the end of the page.

07. If you want to move your square, use the "place at"-brick (motion category).

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DONE! Okay, it's not very spectacular yet, but no one is born a master emoticon_wink
There's more to explore to enhance your programming skills, let's do it!

I'm absolutely going crazy! Or is it relatively?

Goal: You will learn how to navigate the embroidery machine.

We used the "turn left"-brick to control the needle. This brick navigates the needle from a first-person perspective

We call this a relative change of direction.

But you could also navigate the needle in an absolute fashion. Use this brick to do so:

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You can always use this crosshair to find out in which direction the needle will point. So in which will it do?

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Did you guess it? It points downwards.

Task: Print this template and cut it. You could also just draw it yourself. Put it next to your phone to always have the possibility to have a sneak at it.

Use the cross-hair to find out which line this script will produce:

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You'll find the solution at the end of the page.

Colours, Layers & Objects

Task: Expand your first program with a new object and pattern.

01. Add another embroidery object.

A series of embroidery objects results in a series of layers of your needle. This enables us to stitch in different colours because the embroidery will stop after each object, so you can switch threads.

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02. Switch to the scripts of your new object and add these bricks:

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Start the program and see what happens:

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03. If you want to stitch a smaller circle, alter the "89" in all bricks to a smaller number. To get a bigger circle, choose a bigger value.

Try it!

04. Looking at a full circle, "360" always remains the same. But, you could change it to "180" to get a semi-circle. Change the value and have a look!

To receive a quarter circle, change it to "90" and so on...

05. At the end, we stitch one more time to finish the circle.

Tutorials, Tips & Ideas

Goal: Explore the patterns to get familiar how these work or try to program some examples and change them however you like emoticon_smile

There are a lot more embroidery bricks to explore. Especially worth exploring is the "zigzag stitch". It lets you stitch thicker lines because the needle jumps back and forth. Test it yourself!

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Here is an explanation of every embroidery brick.

Walk your first steps with code'n'stitch:


Check out our Video Tutorials!

You can find many embroidery patterns in our wiki. Here you'll find a heart, harry potter or a spiral pattern. Or just download them as PDF.

Designing my own super cool embroidery pattern

Goal: Develop your own pattern and program it.

01. At first you'll need... an idea!

Just think of simple patterns and shapes, maybe logos or your name.

02. Fetch yourself graph paper or print this template: graph paper

03. Transfer your idea to paper.

This will help to shape your idea and will make completion easier. Here's an example:

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04. Implementation time! Split your pattern into several embroidery objects.

At first think of easier patterns to not be disappointed because it turns out more difficult than expected.

This is how the implantation basically works:

  • start a running or a zigzag stitch

  • move the needle

  • point in another direction (use your crosshair!)

  • and move again

You will often start the program, check if it's good, adapt and start all over again. But that's how all programmers work emoticon_wink

Make it durable: Sew up

If the embroidery machine jumps, you have to sew up before and after every jump. Otherwise, the thread will become loose.

This happens, e.g. if you use a "place at"-brick and the current stitch was stopped.

Here is a tutorial on how to sew up.

Attention: At the beginning and at the end of every object the machine sews up automatically!

Preview & Export

To see your pattern as a real embroidery pattern, you can download the Stitch Pro App in Google Play Store.

Here is how you can start the preview:

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And here is how you can save or send your file:

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Solutions

Here is the solution for the square using a loop:

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Here is the solution for the direction of the line:

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Created by dvd48 on 2020/05/13 13:57
Translated into en by dvd48 on 2020/05/13 13:57