from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A decorative stitch usually bordering a hem, as on a handkerchief, made by drawing out several parallel threads and catching together the cross threads in uniform groups.
- n. Needlework in which this stitch is used.
- transitive v. To ornament or embroider with hemstitches.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an embroidery stitch in which parallel threads are drawn together in groups
- v. to sew or embroider using this stitch
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ornamental heading for a hem in linen or cotton fabrics, produced by drawing out a few threads running parallel to the hem and catching together in groups those running the other way.
- To ornament with a hemstitch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. sew with hemstitches
- n. a stitch in which parallel threads are drawn and exposed threads are caught together in groups
- n. embroidery similar to drawnwork
hem + stitch (Wiktionary)