- to sew with stitches passing successively over an edge, especially closely, so as to cover the edge or make a firm seam.
Origin of oversew
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Examples from the Web for over-sewing
The bedspread is worked in small diamonds, which are joined together by over-sewing.
Overcasting, over-sewing the back edges of single leaves or weak sections.Bookbinding, and the Care of Books
The lid is next attached to the back of the top edge with over-sewing, which must be neat and yet strong.
- to sew (two edges) with close stitches that pass over them both
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