buttonhole stitch

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noun Sewing.

a looped stitch used to strengthen the edge of material and keep it from raveling, as around a buttonhole.

Origin of buttonhole stitch

First recorded in 1885–90
Also called close stitch.
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buttonhole stitch


noun

a reinforcing looped stitch for the edge of material, such as around a buttonhole
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