Definition of backstitch in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbakstɪtʃ/


[mass noun]
A method of sewing with overlapping stitches: proceed as for backstitch, but take needle in halfway along previous stitch [count noun]: a series of small backstitches
More example sentences
  • Mattress stitch instead of backstitch means that I can see what I'm doing as I'm attaching.
  • For hand appliqué, outline the flowers and leaves with three strands of embroidery floss using a backstitch, running stitch or stem stitch.
  • A blind-hem catchstitch is an excellent choice if sewing by hand - each stitch is a backstitch, adding flexibility to the hem.


[with object]
Sew using backstitch: you can simply backstitch the edges [no object]: this method avoids having to backstitch through open loops
More example sentences
  • The featured garment has groups of five rows of topstitching (backstitched at the beginning and end), spaced 5'' apart along the pintucked length.
  • Topstitch 1/8'' in from the side edges, backstitching at the pocket corners.
  • As an alternative to backstitching, begin the stitching right at the dots and leave thread tails to tie off; overlap the stitching where it meets at the center back.

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