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

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

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • Hold the string and ring firmly in the left hand while making the buttonhole stitch with the right.

    Hand-Loom Weaving

    Mattie Phipps Todd
  • Do not cut this thread, as this is ready to begin the buttonhole stitch after the overcasting.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • A large eyelet may be cut out and worked around with the buttonhole stitch.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • The smaller petals were partially filled in with buttonhole stitch and darning.

    Jacobean Embroidery

    Ada Wentworth Fitzwilliam and A. F. Morris Hands
  • Contour in stem stitch, filled in lightly with buttonhole stitch, and darning and long-and-short stitch.

    Jacobean Embroidery

    Ada Wentworth Fitzwilliam and A. F. Morris Hands
  • The Leavers lace machine does not make either a buttonhole stitch or a plait.

  • A cluster of berries can be very prettily worked in buttonhole stitch in the way shown in fig. 55.

  • The coats, encircling the stave and a thread of warp, are fixed to this string by a kind of buttonhole stitch (see fig. 179).

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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