Definition of saddle stitch in English:

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saddle stitch


1A stitch of thread or a wire staple passed through the fold of a magazine or booklet.
Example sentences
  • Another popular method of binding is the saddle stitch booklet.
  • Saddle-stitch is generally less expensive and may be used to bind smaller books, up to a maximum of ninety-six pages.
  • Volumes 3 and 4 were put out as saddle-stitched booklets.
1.1(In needlework) a decorative stitch made with long stitches on the upper side of the cloth alternated with short stitches on the underside.
Example sentences
  • The seams of shoes were sewn in a variety of methods with either a single needle or two needles at the opposite ends of the same thread - a stitch known as ‘saddle stitch’.


(saddle-stitch) [with object]
Sew with a saddle stitch.
Example sentences
  • Classic craftsman-ship and saddle-stitching - Tod's autumn/winter collection for 2003-04 mixes the designer's great sense of tradition with modern and sophisticated elements.
  • Zalman King's Delta of Venus and its irredeemably adolescent auteur are hereby sentenced to six months saddle-stitching - by hand, with an ivory needle - leather-bound volumes of Lady Chatterley's Lover, which this wants to be, but isn't.

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Syllabification: sad·dle stitch

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