When I first started designing, I found myself very rigid in the placement of those outlining stitches. I never skipped a hole, The backstitching went all the way around every edge. Sometimes it gave a piece a very hard edge, which, in some cases was alright.
If you look at Lenny here, one of my Snowballz from 2006, the backstitching doesn't miss a beat. Around each 'x' of the nose and scarf for example. Lenny is still one of my favorite designs from that first batch of snowmen, but I look at him now and wonder what he might have looked like if I had been backstitching with a looser, sketchier...needle.
Another example, one of the new Lil Flakes. I think some of his whimsical quality would have been lost if I tried to design the backstitching as I did in the past.
Just thinking about this as I watch cheesy sci-fi movies and stitch through my afternoon.