The Most Overlooked Stitch Saver - Stitch Length

I find that using the stitch length setting is frequently a better solution. Just think about it – making each stitch in a fill area a bit longer results in fewer stitches and a fill stitch area that looks more lofty and lush.
 
When adjusting fill stitches to be longer, consider whether there will be lettering or details applied on top of the fill-stitched area. Test to be sure that the stitches aren’t too long for the details to appear crisp, and that they don’t pull the fill apart.
 
As an example, a typical stitch length value is 3 points, sometimes displayed as 0.3 or .30. Increase to 4 points (0.4 or .40) or more, depending on your design details, for a soft, beautiful fill with great coverage.

Deborah Jones is a regular contributor to the Gunold USA blog and also provides educational training at our events as well as online video resources.  Keep your eye out for continued articles like this from Deborah Jones.