I made this effect in Illustrator using the line tool, Zig Zag tool and then expanding the line to a path.

I want the top line of the 'E' to join perfectly with the line in the 't'.

I have almost got it but it looks weird still. I want it to look as smooth as possible.

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    Check how your curve compares to the bottom curve of the E. Though I would say: baselines is for whimps! Try to pull the t up, and make the stroke from the E horizontal.
    – benteh
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 16:27
  • there's no magic to it. Just keep dickering with the handles until the curve sweetens out. Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 16:46

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I'm guessing your points look something like this:

Vertical middle point

Two ways to improve this curve. First, angle the middle point so that the handles flow into the handles from the other points:

Angled middle point

Or, remove the middle point entirely. Less points = less opportunities to create jaggedness, if you can still get the look you want:

No middle point

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