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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to sew or crochet using a chain stitch.
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Origin of chainstitch

First recorded in 1860–65; v. use of chain stitch
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of chainstitch

  • This was the first American patent for a chainstitch machine.

    The Invention of the Sewing Machine

    Grace Rogers Cooper

  • The machine (fig. 8) made a chainstitch by means of a barbed or hooked needle.

  • In short, the chainstitch is a crochet or knitting stitch, while the lockstitch is a weaving stitch.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • This machine made the chainstitch, using not one but many hooked needles that operated simultaneously.

  • Blake formed a chainstitch by using a hooked needle, which descended from above, to draw a thread through the supporting arm.