Although EQStitch was designed for the beginner level using auto digitizing, it can indeed create some pretty amazing works of art with just the simplest tools.

1.  Launch your EQStitch program

2.  Click on the ‘stitch worktable’ icon at the top of the screen

3.  Click on STITCHING>New Design>Embroidery

 

 4.  On the toolbar at the left side of the screen, click on the little black arrow at the bottom.

In the pop up menu box, click on the words ‘add/remove buttons’

Place a check mark in front of all the tools by clicking on them.

         Click anywhere on a white space of the screen to close the box

 5.  Click on the ‘drawing board options’ box on the object properties bar at the top of the screen.

In the drawing board options box under the ‘stitch’ heading, set the embroidery edge stitches to ‘no stitch’ and the embroidery fill setting to a ‘smooth’ fill stitch.

     

 Be sure to click on the ‘OK’ at the bottom of the box to set the drawing properties.

6.  Click on the ‘brush stroke’ tool to select it.

 7.  On the stroke properties bar at the top of the screen, click on the down arrow next to contour and end cap to select the style of stroke you want to create.

   

 

8.  Move the cursor over to the drawing board and click/hold/drag/release to create a few squiggle lines on one side of the worktable only.

 9.  Click on EDIT>Select All

 This selects all the lines you drew and groups them as one object.

 10.  With lines all selected, click on the ‘clone selected objects’ icon on the multiple select property bar at the top of the screen.

A second copy of the design will appear on the worktable.

 11.  Click on the ‘flip left and right’ icon on the multiple select property bar.

12.  Click on the ‘pick tool’ to select it.  Move the cursor over the crosshairs on the cloned copy and click/hold/drag it to the opposite side of the worktable aligning it with the first image.

 

13.  Click on EDIT>Select All

Click on the ‘center selected objects’ icon on the multiple select property bar at the top of the screen.

The entire object will now be centered on the worktable.

   Add to sketchbook

14.  Click on the ‘stitch tab’ at the bottom of the screen.  The design is filled automatically with the smooth stitches and no outline that we set as the properties in the drawing board options box.

15.  Click on the ‘set thread’ icon on the toolbar at the right to see the color palette.

       Click on any color to select it.  Move the cursor over to the stitch design and click once to set the new colors.

   Add to sketchbook

16.   Click on STITCHING>Export Stitching File

 

Name your file and select your file extension for your own embroidery machine.

  Click on ‘SAVE’

 17.  Send the files to your machine and stitch the design.  Here is what I created using the squiggle designs.  This is my entry into the silent auction for the Houston Quilt Festival 2015.