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running stitch



a sewing stitch made by passing the needle in and out repeatedly with short, even stitches.


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Nearby words

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Origin of running stitch

First recorded in 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for running stitch

  • The bias strip should be basted on and sewn with a running-stitch.

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  • The edge of the strap should be pinned, basted, and sewed to the right side of the bib with a running-stitch.

  • They should then put in the running-stitch and finish with the binding.

British Dictionary definitions for running stitch

running stitch


a simple form of hand stitching, consisting of small stitches that look the same on both sides of the fabric, usually used for gatheringSometimes called: gathering stitch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012