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  1. stitching or a stitch in which the thread is doubled back on the preceding stitch.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to sew by backstitch.

Origin of backstitch

First recorded in 1605–15; back2 + stitch
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Examples from the Web for backstitch

Historical Examples

  • 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</p>

    Gene Allen Martin

British Dictionary definitions for backstitch


  1. a strong sewing stitch made by starting the next stitch at the middle or beginning of the preceding one
  1. to sew using this stitch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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