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hemstitch

[hem-stich]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to hem along a line from which threads have been drawn out, stitching the cross threads into a series of little groups.
  2. to simulate hand hemstitching by piercing the material with a large machine needle and then stitching around the perforations.
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noun
  1. the stitch used or the needlework done in hemstitching.
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Origin of hemstitch

First recorded in 1830–40; hem1 + stitch
Related formshem·stitch·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for hemstitch

Historical Examples

  • Do you know that some girls are often confused and call the hemstitch, the hemming stitch?

    Clothing and Health

    Helen Kinne

  • Now that you know the hemstitch, you can use it in many places.

  • You have learned the hemming stitch; now you will try the hemstitch.

  • Both are used at the top of the hem to hold it in place, but often the hemstitch is used in other places, too.

  • See if you can discover the difference between the hemming stitch and the hemstitch?


British Dictionary definitions for hemstitch

hemstitch

noun
  1. a decorative edging stitch, usually for a hem, in which the cross threads are stitched in groups
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verb
  1. to decorate (a hem, etc) with hemstitches
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Derived Formshemstitcher, noun
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Word Origin and History for hemstitch

n.

also hem-stitch, 1821, from hem + stitch. As a verb by 1839. Related: Hemstitched; hemstitching.

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