Definition of Hemstitch

1. Noun. A stitch in which parallel threads are drawn and exposed threads are caught together in groups.

Exact synonyms: Hemstitching
Generic synonyms: Embroidery Stitch, Sewing Stitch

2. Verb. Sew with hemstitches. "Hemstitch a sleeve"
Generic synonyms: Run Up, Sew, Sew Together, Stitch
Derivative terms: Hemstitching

3. Noun. Embroidery similar to drawnwork.
Generic synonyms: Embroidery, Fancywork

Definition of Hemstitch

1. v. t. 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.

Definition of Hemstitch

1. Noun. an embroidery stitch in which parallel threads are drawn together in groups ¹

2. Verb. to sew or embroider using this stitch ¹

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Definition of Hemstitch

1. [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hemstitch

hems and haws
hems in
hemstitch (current term)
hen's parties
hen's party
hen's teeth
hen's tooth
hen-cluck stertor

Literary usage of Hemstitch

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1. Clothing and Health: An Elementary Textbook of Home Making by Helen Kinne, Anna Maria Cooley (1916)
"LESSON 8 HOW TO MAKE THE hemstitch Do you know that some girls are often confused and call the hemstitch, the hemming stitch ? Barbara Oakes used to, ..."

2. Shelter and Clothing: A Textbook of the Household Arts by Helen Kinne, Anna Maria Cooley (1913)
"Then turn and hemstitch so no threads of wrong side show. Line with batiste of cream-color so that the seams ... Catch with hemming stitch to the hemstitch- ..."

3. Household Arts for Home and School by Anna Maria Cooley, Wilhelmina H. Spohr (1920)
"This is how the hemstitch and the catch stitch are made. FIG. 143. ... Do you know the difference between the hemstitch and the hemming stitch ? ..."

4. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by David Shephard Garland, John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie (1890)
""Now from linen cloth are made hemstitch pocket handkerchiefs. Testimony merely to the effect that these handkerchiefs were 'never bought and sold in the ..."

5. The Southland of North America: Rambles and Observations in Central America by George Palmer Putnam (1913)
"Waltzing up and down the coasts is a hemstitch affair of dotted lines that represent the course of the steamers which are scheduled to play between the ..."

6. Rural Education: A Complete Course of Study for Modern Rural Schools by Andrew Ezra Pickard (1915)
"11—Double hemstitch Towel. (Six Lessons.) Materials: Same as in Number 11, ... hemstitch along the other edge of the space where threads have been drawn. ..."

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