Hemstitch
Hemstitch Hem"stitch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hemstitched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hemstitching}.] [Hem + stitch.] To ornament at the head of a broad hem by drawing out a few parallel threads, and fastening the cross threads in successive small clusters; as, to hemstitch a handkerchief. [1913 Webster]

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  • hemstitch — [hem′stich΄] n. 1. an ornamental stitch, used esp. at a hem, made by pulling out several parallel threads and tying the cross threads together into small, even bunches 2. decorative needlework done with this stitch vt. to put a hemstitch or… …   English World dictionary

  • hemstitch — (n.) also hem stitch, 1821, from HEM (Cf. hem) + STITCH (Cf. stitch). As a verb by 1839. Related: Hemstitched; hemstitching …   Etymology dictionary

  • hemstitch — I. transitive verb Date: 1839 to decorate (as a border) with hemstitch • hemstitcher noun II. noun Date: 1853 1. decorative needlework similar to drawnwork that is used especially on or next to the stitching line of hems 2. a stitch used in… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hemstitch — n. type of embroidery stitch v. sew using a hemstitch …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hemstitch — noun a decorative stitch used especially alongside a hem, in which several adjacent threads are pulled out and the crossing threads are tied into bunches, making a row of small openings. verb decorate the hem of (a garment) with hemstitch …   English new terms dictionary

  • hemstitch — hemstitcher, n. /hem stich /, v.t. 1. to hem along a line from which threads have been drawn out, stitching the cross threads into a series of little groups. 2. to simulate hand hemstitching by piercing the material with a large machine needle… …   Universalium

  • hemstitch — 1. noun An embroidery stitch in which parallel threads are drawn together in groups 2. verb To sew or embroider using this stitch …   Wiktionary

  • hemstitch — hem•stitch [[t]ˈhɛmˌstɪtʃ[/t]] v. clo the stitch used or the needlework done in hemstitching • Etymology: 1830–40 hem′stitch er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • hemstitch — /ˈhɛmstɪtʃ / (say hemstich) verb (t) 1. to hem along a line from which threads have been drawn out, stitching the cross threads into a series of little groups. –noun 2. the stitch used or the needlework done in hemstitching. {hem1 (noun) + stitch …   Australian English dictionary

  • hemstitch — n. & v. n. a decorative stitch used in sewing hems. v.tr. hem with this stitch …   Useful english dictionary

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