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chain stitch

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • By this, the first thread is firmly drawn as a chain stitch into the headband now beginning.

  • chain stitch is universal, and one of the most ancient of stitches.

  • The arabesque patterns between those formed of four ovals are worked in chain stitch with silk of two shades of brown.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • Would you like to make the chain stitch and the featherstitch?

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • The petals of the lower flower are worked similarly, and the centre is carried out in chain stitch and French knots.

  • You will find your labor facilitated by sewing a piece of tape at the beginning and the end of the foundation-row of chain stitch.

  • The case is crossed by two rows of chain stitch in blue silk, and edged all round with button-hole stitch, also blue.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • For the corn-flowers use blue silk, and work them in chain stitch.

  • A chain stitch will have been formed with the thread that was looped under the needle.

  • The chain stitch when perfectly done should look like the stitch made by a single-thread machine.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
British Dictionary definitions for chain stitch

chain stitch

an ornamental looped embroidery stitch resembling the links of a chain
to sew (something) with this stitch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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