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buttonhole stitch

noun, Sewing.
a looped stitch used to strengthen the edge of material and keep it from raveling, as around a buttonhole.
Also called close stitch.
Origin of buttonhole stitch
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Insert the needle on the right side and take a stitch to the centre on a slant like a buttonhole stitch.

  • buttonhole stitch can be turned to account for this purpose.

  • This will make a stitch like that shown in Fig. 12 C—what sailors call a half hitch and mothers a buttonhole stitch.

  • It is worked from left to right, and the buttonhole stitch from right to left.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • The letters are worked in buttonhole stitch, each fresh line being taken into the heading of the last one.

  • Hold the string and ring firmly in the left hand while making the buttonhole stitch with the right.

    Hand-Loom Weaving Mattie Phipps Todd
  • This insertion is worked in raised satin stitch and buttonhole stitch.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • Do not cut this thread, as this is ready to begin the buttonhole stitch after the overcasting.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • A cluster of berries can be very prettily worked in buttonhole stitch in the way shown in fig. 55.

  • The smaller petals were partially filled in with buttonhole stitch and darning.

    Jacobean Embroidery Ada Wentworth Fitzwilliam and A. F. Morris Hands
British Dictionary definitions for buttonhole stitch

buttonhole stitch

a reinforcing looped stitch for the edge of material, such as around a buttonhole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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