Here is a very quick trick to create a stitched text effect using strokes in the Appearance Palette. First, type your text and go to the appearance window. Set the Fill to white and Stoke to green. Drag your Stroke properties below the Fill. Open up your Stroke Palette and set weight to 2pt and remember to tick Dashed Line to create the dotted effect. Next, set the dash to 2.
Now, we will add another thick stroke around the dotted lines. Click the options in the Appearance window (the triangle at top right corner). Select Add Stroke. Drag it under the dashed stroke you have created just now. Set the Stroke to 8 and change it to grey color. And now you will get the stitched text effect as shown above. Have fun!
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