- a kind of ornamental hand stitching in which each stitch forms a loop through the forward end of the next.
- a basic crochet stitch in which yarn is pulled with the crochet hook through a loop on the hook to form a continuous strand of interlocking single loops.
- a machine stitch forming a chain on the underside of the fabric.
Origin of chain stitch
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for chain stitch
The machine with only one thread on top is called a chain-stitch machine.Clothing and Health
Chain-stitch consists of loops simulating the links of a simple chain.Arts and Crafts Essays
Well, I am thankful that I took off the pattern in chain-stitch.The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3
Long close: long stitches, without any chain-stitch between.
The background is all worked in with silver thread in chain-stitch.English Embroidered Bookbindings
Cyril James Humphries Davenport
- an ornamental looped embroidery stitch resembling the links of a chain
- to sew (something) with this stitch
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