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
Related formshem·stitch·er, noun
First recorded in 1830–40; hem1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for hemstitch
Historical Examples of hemstitch
Do you know that some girls are often confused and call the hemstitch, the hemming stitch?
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
a decorative edging stitch, usually for a hem, in which the cross threads are stitched in groups
Derived Formshemstitcher, noun
to decorate (a hem, etc) with hemstitches
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Word Origin and History for hemstitch
also hem-stitch, 1821, from hem + stitch. As a verb by 1839. Related: Hemstitched; hemstitching.
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