Hi jadeseven

In version 3 RC2 or 3 (for windows) there is a little more on offer! In the Point Tools (WP) there is an option (N Points on Line) to specify how many points to place on a given line. So for example you could start off by drawing a horizontal line say 25mm long, then by using the "Points on line" tool you could place 5 no. reference points on your line -thus giving you 5 equal points (stitches if you like) along a your 1 inch line (25mm).

From here you could place "proper" circles of say 0.25 or 0.5mm radius on these equal "reference" points to represent your stitches.

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Note to change the line weight of entities like lines,circles etc. use the property editor > Menu > View > Tool bars and "tick" property editor. Do the same to view layer list and Blocks list, you can then "dock" these inside or on top of one another on the right hand side of your window! The command line can also be "docked" in this way too!

Then quite simply delete the original line and your points to leave 5 equally spaced holes in a 1 inch (25mm) line!

Next you could create a block from this line of holes and save it and insert and copy and paste as many as you need along your pattern.

The only thing is - this is OK for straight lines but for Arcs, curves circles etc, this would need some more working on.

Alternatively you could just place "Points" where you need them around the Arcs, curves etc -then copy/paste the circles around your pattern, but of course like you say this would take a while to do.

If you find you are using the same size shapes, curves, Arcs etc.. then creating blocks and inserting, copying/pasting them is the way to go.

Hope this helps you and prompts you in the right direction.

Anyways this may help you in the right direction