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kettle stitch

noun, Bookbinding.
(in handsewing) a knot tied in the thread that links one section to the next.
Origin of kettle stitch
1810-20; part translation of German Kettelstich, equivalent to Kettel little chain (diminutive of Kette chain; Old High German ketīna < Latin catēna) + Stich stitch; cf. chain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • kettle stitch,” catch stitch formed in sewing at the head and tail.

  • The saw-cuts at the kettle stitch are less deep and quite narrow; they only mark the place where the thread is to pass in and out.

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