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buttonhole stitch

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

First recorded in 1885–90
Also called close stitch.
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Examples from the Web for buttonhole stitch

Historical Examples of 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.

    Art in Needlework

    Lewis F. Day

  • The sewing-over may be in chain-stitch, satin-stitch (as in Illustration 65), or in buttonhole-stitch—which last is strongest.

    Art in Needlework

    Lewis F. Day

  • In finishing, you run them at the back of the stuff; for greater security still, one may end with a buttonhole-stitch.

    Art in Needlework

    Lewis F. Day

  • Cut work, such as that on Illustration 65, is strengthened by outlining it in buttonhole-stitch.

    Art in Needlework

    Lewis F. Day


British Dictionary definitions for buttonhole stitch

buttonhole stitch

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