Definition of hemstitch in English:



  • 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.’


[with object]
  • Incorporate a hemstitch in the hem of (a piece of cloth or clothing)

    ‘we hemstitched all the tablecloths’
    • ‘Make sure the napkin has a well-stitched edge - a hemstitched napkin works best.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’