- 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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Examples from the Web for buttonhole stitch
The stitch of the vine is a modification of buttonhole-stitch.A Treatise on Domestic Economy
Catherine Esther Beecher
"Ties" of buttonhole-stitch, or what not, are not necessary, provided the designer knows how to plan a fret pattern.
The sewing-over may be in chain-stitch, satin-stitch (as in Illustration 65), or in buttonhole-stitch—which last is strongest.
In finishing, you run them at the back of the stuff; for greater security still, one may end with a buttonhole-stitch.
Cut work, such as that on Illustration 65, is strengthened by outlining it in buttonhole-stitch.
- a reinforcing looped stitch for the edge of material, such as around a buttonhole
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