[ hem-stich ]
/ ˈhɛmˌstɪtʃ /

verb (used with object)

to hem along a line from which threads have been drawn out, stitching the cross threads into a series of little groups.
to simulate hand hemstitching by piercing the material with a large machine needle and then stitching around the perforations.


the stitch used or the needlework done in hemstitching.

Origin of hemstitch

First recorded in 1830–40; hem1 + stitch

Related forms

hem·stitch·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hemstitch


/ (ˈhɛmˌstɪtʃ) /


a decorative edging stitch, usually for a hem, in which the cross threads are stitched in groups


to decorate (a hem, etc) with hemstitches

Derived Forms

hemstitcher, noun
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