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[hem-stich] /ˈhɛmˌstɪtʃ/

verb (used with object)
to hem along a line from which threads have been drawn out, stitching the cross threads into a series of little groups.
to simulate hand hemstitching by piercing the material with a large machine needle and then stitching around the perforations.
the stitch used or the needlework done in hemstitching.
a decorative edging stitch, usually for a hem, in which the cross threads are stitched in groups
to decorate (a hem, etc) with hemstitches

also hem-stitch, 1821, from hem + stitch. As a verb by 1839. Related: Hemstitched; hemstitching.


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