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


hem +‎ stitch (Wiktionary)



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