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
- To ornament with a hemstitch.
- 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.
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
Priced at £26.00 - the apron is made of 100% thick plain white cotton, with adjustable neck/waist tie and hemstitch detail on the double pockets.
Run waxed twine through the holes of some classic hemstitch napkins.
She knew all sorts of things, and was a genius at hemstitch and crochet, wonderful fine work she could do on linen or canvas.
As she did she noticed a white handkerchief lying on the floor beneath the bench, a delicate hemstitch round the edges.
I measured and cut the linen for the girls to hemstitch.
When the handle is turned, it stitches and travels over the edges, uniting them faster and more securely than six hand sewers; and several others, representative of the family type of sewing machine, besides Wheeler & Wilson's hemstitch machine, the working of which is of much interest.
Nearly every child had regular tasks; they were taught to use their hands as well as their eyes and thoughts, and Ruth was very proud that she could hemstitch nicely, and "set the heel" of a stocking, and finish off its toe.
I 've spent so much time sitting by mommie when she 's asleep, and I get tired of reading all the time, so a nurse in this ward – mommie has a room to herself of course, but not a special nurse, because I can do a lot of the little things – well, the nurse taught me how to hemstitch.
"Well, it's certainly a beautiful place, so it is likely she will find a purchaser," said Anne, absently, wondering whether she should hemstitch or feather-stitch little Jem's "short" dresses.
There was an old-fashioned work-basket always full of stockings that never were mended, and a crumpled dresser scarf which Jean had begun to hemstitch more than a year ago in a brief spasm of domesticity.