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buttonhole stitch

noun, Sewing.
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
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Cut work, such as that on Illustration 65, is strengthened by outlining it in buttonhole-stitch.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • The stitch of the vine is a modification of buttonhole-stitch.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy Catherine Esther Beecher
  • The sewing-over may be in chain-stitch, satin-stitch (as in Illustration 65), or in buttonhole-stitch—which last is strongest.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • "Ties" of buttonhole-stitch, or what not, are not necessary, provided the designer knows how to plan a fret pattern.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • In finishing, you run them at the back of the stuff; for greater security still, one may end with a buttonhole-stitch.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • Couching is best done in a frame; but it may be done in the hand by means of buttonhole-stitch.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
British Dictionary definitions for buttonhole-stitch

buttonhole stitch

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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