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  • v. Present participle of hemstitch.

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  • n. a stitch in which parallel threads are drawn and exposed threads are caught together in groups


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  • He had been finely striped from nape to knees with something like a coachwhip, the weals crisscrossing neatly like hemstitching.

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  • Female academies, devoted to teaching the arts of hemstitching, needlework, and refined manners, were also founded by religious bodies, though attended by all who could find time and tuition.


  • No, there were only, as I recall, five or six girls sitting around a table in one room — they were hemstitching — and I was measuring linen. [unknown] And we were not permitted to go into the rest of the place, but I could hear and see a few other girls weaving.

    Oral History Interview with Harriette Arnow, April, 1976. Interview G-0006. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • I spent a jolly hour unsticking the Alice bandages from my leg and admiring the hemstitching.

    In The Frame

  • Peggy heaved a mighty sigh as she worked her needle in and out of the handkerchief she was hemstitching.


  • "All but about an inch of hemstitching done on this handkerchief."

    Tabitha at Ivy Hall

  • A specialty of machine work was their fine hemstitching.

    Final Report of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Commission

  • Trade Work: Ribbon run on webbing for suspenders, infants 'dresses -- eight different styles, children's aprons -- two different styles, hemstitching and embroidery for yokes, ruffling -- hem and hemstitched, faggoting.

    The Making of a Trade School

  • Buttonholes; tucking; two-needle work; hemstitching; Bonnaz

    The Making of a Trade School

  • Special Machines -- (seasonal to year round work, depending on kind and demand, wages good): Lace stitch, hemstitching, buttonhole, embroidery (hand and Bonnaz), and scalloping.

    The Making of a Trade School


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