A bean stitch is a standard option within most digitizing software.
It is a straight or line stitch that repeats itself three or more times at the same points before moving on to the next stitch. It can be used for outlines and for providing texture. You can achieve a bolder look with any type of thread, whether you use the standard 40-weight, a thinner 60- or 75-weight thread, or a super bold look with the thicker 30- and 12-weight threads. The bean stitch can offer a hand-embroidered look, as well.
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