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kettle stitch

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noun Bookbinding.
  1. (in handsewing) a knot tied in the thread that links one section to the next.
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Origin of kettle stitch

1810–20; part translation of German Kettelstich, equivalent to Kettel little chain (diminutive of Kette chain; Old High German ketīna < Latin catēna) + Stich stitch; cf. chain
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Historical Examples

  • This is called the kettle-stitch, a word said to be a corruption of either catch-up stitch or chain stitch.

    Notes on Bookbinding for Libraries

    John Cotton Dana