- to sew by backstitch.
Origin of backstitch
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Examples from the Web for back-stitch
You must be careful to take a back-stitch constantly, as you proceed.The Ladies' Work-Table Book
In making up flannel, back-stitch and run the seams, and then cross-stitch them open.A Treatise on Domestic Economy
Catherine Esther Beecher
Hem around the ends of the tape and back-stitch across the tape just at the edge of the towel.Handicraft for Girls
The next stitch to learn is the combination-stitch, which is made up of both the running and the back-stitch (Figure 12).
Use the combination stitch of one running stitch and one back-stitch just below the basting.
- a strong sewing stitch made by starting the next stitch at the middle or beginning of the preceding one
- to sew using this stitch
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Word Origin and History for back-stitch
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