slip stitch

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noun Sewing.
a loose stitch taken between two layers of fabric, as on a facing or hem, so as to be invisible on the right side or outside surface, used in stoating.
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Origin of slip stitch

First recorded in 1880–85

Other definitions for slip stitch (2 of 2)

[ slip-stich ]
/ ˈslɪpˌstɪtʃ /

verb (used with or without object) Sewing.
to sew with slip stitches.

Origin of slip-stitch

First recorded in 1895–1900
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British Dictionary definitions for slip stitch

slip stitch

a sewing stitch for securing hems, etc, in which only two or three threads of the material are caught up by the needle each time, so that the stitches are nearly invisible from the right side
(tr) to join (two edges) using slip stitches

Word Origin for slip stitch

C19: from slip 1
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