from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of sewing raw edges of material with long, overlying stitches to prevent raveling.
  • n. The stitching so done.
  • n. The stitch used to overcast.

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  • v. Present participle of overcast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bookbinders' method of oversewing, in hemstitch style, the edges of a section of single leaves. It is done to give the section the pliability of folded double leaves.
  • n. In sewing, oversewing two edges of a fabric by whipping them together.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a long whipstitch or overhand stitch overlying an edge to prevent raveling


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  • And the things that sergers can do well, such as overcasting raw edges, making blind hems, rolled, hems, and the like, a standard sewing machine can usually do, although it may take a bit more fiddling.

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  • There are three different stitches that can be used for securing the edge of eyelets or slits: the basic overcasting stitch whip stitch, blanket stitch and buttonhole stitch.

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  • In the first dawn of my manhood the old painters of Italy had taught me their dangerous worship of the beauty that is more than mortal, but those images all seemed shadowy now, and floated before me so dimly, the one overcasting the other, that they left me no one sweet idol on which I could look and look again and say,


  • Dr. Danvers, on the other hand, tranquil and solemn, and with, perhaps, some shade of awe overcasting the habitual sweetness of his countenance.

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  • To reinforce, you can stitch over the seam with an overcasting stitch or sew on a piece of twill ribbon.

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  • To gather, whip the rolled hem without hemming, making overcasting stitches towards you, even and not too fine.

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  • The bottom edge of the waist may be finished by overcasting.

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  • Trim off edges and finish with binding or close overcasting.

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  • Sew to the wire closely with an overcasting stitch or with a running stitch just inside of the wire.

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  • Turn the velvet over the edge one-fourth inch and sew down with an overcasting stitch.

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