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buttonhole stitch

noun, Sewing.
1.
a looped stitch used to strengthen the edge of material and keep it from raveling, as around a buttonhole.
Also called close stitch.
Origin of buttonhole stitch
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • Insert the needle on the right side and take a stitch to the centre on a slant like a buttonhole stitch.

  • buttonhole stitch can be turned to account for this purpose.

  • This will make a stitch like that shown in Fig. 12 C—what sailors call a half hitch and mothers a buttonhole stitch.

  • It is worked from left to right, and the buttonhole stitch from right to left.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • The letters are worked in buttonhole stitch, each fresh line being taken into the heading of the last one.

  • Do not cut this thread, as this is ready to begin the buttonhole stitch after the overcasting.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • This insertion is worked in raised satin stitch and buttonhole stitch.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • Hold the string and ring firmly in the left hand while making the buttonhole stitch with the right.

    Hand-Loom Weaving Mattie Phipps Todd
  • A cluster of berries can be very prettily worked in buttonhole stitch in the way shown in fig. 55.

  • The smaller petals were partially filled in with buttonhole stitch and darning.

    Jacobean Embroidery Ada Wentworth Fitzwilliam and A. F. Morris Hands
British Dictionary definitions for buttonhole stitch

buttonhole stitch

noun
1.
a reinforcing looped stitch for the edge of material, such as around a buttonhole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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