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hemstitch

[ hem-stich ]
/ ˈhɛmˌstɪtʃ /
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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.
noun
the stitch used or the needlework done in hemstitching.
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Origin of hemstitch

First recorded in 1830–40; hem1 + stitch

OTHER WORDS FROM hemstitch

hemstitcher, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hemstitch

hemstitch
/ (ˈhɛmˌstɪtʃ) /

noun
a decorative edging stitch, usually for a hem, in which the cross threads are stitched in groups
verb
to decorate (a hem, etc) with hemstitches

Derived forms of hemstitch

hemstitcher, noun
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