Definition of hemstitch in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛmstɪtʃ/


A decorative stitch used especially alongside a hem, in which several adjacent threads are pulled out and the crossing threads are tied into bunches, making a row of small openings.
Example sentences
  • A twin hemstitch needle is also available with one wing and one universal shaft.
  • Maria speaks flawless English and I always feel an old fashioned lady-of-the-house pride in sorting out with her flower and hemstitch patterns.


[with object]
Incorporate a hemstitch in the hem of (a piece of cloth or clothing): we hemstitched all the tablecloths
More example sentences
  • In its basic form, the classic cocktail napkin is a small, hemstitched square of linen or cotton.
  • It's as if 100 years later the profession had finally the opportunity to wrestle itself away from its association with ‘hemstitching’ work that isn't skillful, just plain old women's work.
  • Sharp's use of testimony attesting that library science be distinguished from hemstitching helps us understand attitudes about women's work in the nineteenth century.

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