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slip stitch

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.
Origin of slip stitch


[slip-stich] /ˈslɪpˌstɪtʃ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), Sewing.
to sew with slip stitches.
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Turn the bias over to the wrong side of the waist and slip stitch.

  • To decrease two; slip one, knit two together, pass the slip stitch over.

  • The silk is to be brought forward, then slip one, knit one, and bring the slip stitch over it.

  • A slip stitch, is made by passing it from one needle to another without knitting it.

  • The hem stitch and blind or slip stitch will be considered under hems.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Secondly, in the following way: slip one stitch, knit-one, pass the slip stitch over: this decreases one stitch.

  • Finish this round, like all the preceding, since the direction, with a slip stitch on the first stitch of the round.

  • A slip stitch is a long stitch on the wrong side and a blind stitch on the hem.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • slip stitch—Insert hook in next st, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.

  • Second round—slip one; knit one, pass the slip stitch over it.

    My Knitting Book Miss Lambert
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
(transitive) to join (two edges) using slip stitches
Word Origin
C19: from slip1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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