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hemstitch

[hem-stich] /ˈhɛmˌstɪtʃ/
verb (used with object)
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 and then stitching around the perforations.
noun
3.
the stitch used or the needlework done in hemstitching.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; hem1 + stitch1
Related forms
hemstitcher, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hemstitcher

hemstitch

/ˈhɛmˌstɪtʃ/
noun
1.
a decorative edging stitch, usually for a hem, in which the cross threads are stitched in groups
verb
2.
to decorate (a hem, etc) with hemstitches
Derived Forms
hemstitcher, noun
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Word Origin and History for hemstitcher

hemstitch

n.

also hem-stitch, 1821, from hem + stitch. As a verb by 1839. Related: Hemstitched; hemstitching.

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