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[bak-stich] /ˈbækˌstɪtʃ/
stitching or a stitch in which the thread is doubled back on the preceding stitch.
verb (used with or without object)
to sew by backstitch.
Origin of backstitch
First recorded in 1605-15; back2 + stitch Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • backstitch across the bottom with a slanting line of stitches.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Here each little diamond is worked in simple outline stitch, and each square outlined with backstitch.

  • His machine was a short-thread model that made both the running stitch and the backstitch.

  • This is one of the few machines producing a backstitch or half backstitch to realize any commercial success.

  • Lap ends one-fourth inch and backstitch closely at each edge of flap.

    Make Your Own Hats

    Gene Allen Martin
  • Insert one thickness between the other two ends, and backstitch closely.

    Make Your Own Hats

    Gene Allen Martin
British Dictionary definitions for backstitch


a strong sewing stitch made by starting the next stitch at the middle or beginning of the preceding one
to sew using this stitch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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