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A decorative stitch used especially alongside a hem, in which several adjacent threads are pulled out and the crossing threads are tied into bunches, making a row of small openings.
- ‘A twin hemstitch needle is also available with one wing and one universal shaft.’
- ‘Maria speaks flawless English and I always feel an old fashioned lady-of-the-house pride in sorting out with her flower and hemstitch patterns.’
Incorporate a hemstitch in the hem of (a piece of cloth or clothing)‘we hemstitched all the tablecloths’
- ‘Sharp's use of testimony attesting that library science be distinguished from hemstitching helps us understand attitudes about women's work in the nineteenth century.’
- ‘In its basic form, the classic cocktail napkin is a small, hemstitched square of linen or cotton.’
- ‘Make sure the napkin has a well-stitched edge - a hemstitched napkin works best.’
- ‘It's as if 100 years later the profession had finally the opportunity to wrestle itself away from its association with ‘hemstitching’ work that isn't skillful, just plain old women's work.’
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