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[feth -er-stich] /ˈfɛð ərˌstɪtʃ/
an embroidery stitch producing work in which a succession of branches extend alternately on each side of a central stem.
verb (used with object)
to ornament by featherstitch.
Origin of featherstitch
First recorded in 1825-35; feather + stitch Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sew the seams, then fell them and featherstitch the outside of the seams in colored linen.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • Would you like to make the chain stitch and the featherstitch?

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • The featherstitch is very beautiful, when made small and even (Fig. 71).

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • In practicing the featherstitch draw a pencil line on your cloth as a guide.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • The featherstitch is sometimes a straight stitch instead of slanting.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • It can be used instead of the chain or featherstitch, as decoration.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • featherstitch side hems, catching the pocket to hold securely.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Figure 76 shows some useful cases with decorations of featherstitch.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • As if a fiend from the pit had been trained to do featherstitch!

  • The cuts are made in featherstitch pattern, running from the base of the trunk to a great height48 thereon.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
British Dictionary definitions for featherstitch


a zigzag embroidery stitch
to decorate (cloth) with featherstitch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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