from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In sewing-machine work, a method of sewing with a two-needle machine in which a stay or tape is sewed down over a seam to strengthen it: used in staying gaiters, corsets, etc. The machine feeds the stay to the fabric or leather and sews both edges down at the same time. Stay-stitching is also done with a special two-needle machine, without the use of a stay or reinforcing tape, by making a flat stay-stitch across the seam.
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