• synonyms

chain stitch

  1. a kind of ornamental hand stitching in which each stitch forms a loop through the forward end of the next.
  2. a basic crochet stitch in which yarn is pulled with the crochet hook through a loop on the hook to form a continuous strand of interlocking single loops.
  3. a machine stitch forming a chain on the underside of the fabric.
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Origin of chain stitch

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for chain stitch

Historical Examples of chain stitch

  • The machine with only one thread on top is called a chain-stitch machine.

    Clothing and Health

    Helen Kinne

  • Chain-stitch consists of loops simulating the links of a simple chain.

  • Well, I am thankful that I took off the pattern in chain-stitch.

  • Long close: long stitches, without any chain-stitch between.

  • The background is all worked in with silver thread in chain-stitch.

    English Embroidered Bookbindings

    Cyril James Humphries Davenport

British Dictionary definitions for chain stitch

chain stitch

  1. an ornamental looped embroidery stitch resembling the links of a chain
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verb chain-stitch
  1. to sew (something) with this stitch
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