Definition of backstitch in English:

backstitch

noun

  • Sewing with overlapping stitches.

    • ‘Catch each loop to the garment with a backstitch.’
    • ‘Mattress stitch instead of backstitch means that I can see what I'm doing as I'm attaching.’
    • ‘Don't stab the backstitches all the way through to the jacket right side; simply skim securely into the loft of the wool.’
    • ‘Begin and end each line of stitching with a backstitch.’
    • ‘For hand appliqué, outline the flowers and leaves with three strands of embroidery floss using a backstitch, running stitch or stem stitch.’
    • ‘A blind-hem catchstitch is an excellent choice if sewing by hand - each stitch is a backstitch, adding flexibility to the hem.’
    • ‘To edgestitch pockets on casual garments, begin and end with backstitches.’
    • ‘Like any real therapy, if one works hard at it, healing moves forward by circling backward, Repentance, turning, is a backstitch.’
    • ‘I always make a backstitch to begin.’
    • ‘Secure the gathering with backstitches, then join the gathered petals into a circle.’
    • ‘Normally I secure each seam with some backstitches, but I didn't want to do this with the applique, so I pulled the threads to the back side and secured them with some knots.’
    • ‘When a square contains a straight line or dotted lines that join two corners, a backstitch is required.’

verb

  • Sew using backstitches.

    [with object] ‘you can simply backstitch the edges’
    [no object] ‘this method avoids having to backstitch through open loops’
    • ‘To create a 1'' buttonhole, stitch the right upper and right lower front sections together, stopping 2'' from the center front edge and backstitch.’
    • ‘Topstitch 1/8'' in from the side edges, backstitching at the pocket corners.’
    • ‘As an alternative to backstitching, begin the stitching right at the dots and leave thread tails to tie off; overlap the stitching where it meets at the center back.’
    • ‘Remove pins as you reach them; backstitch at the beginning and end.’
    • ‘Stop stitching 3/8'' from the edge at the corner; backstitch.’
    • ‘Push the filler completely down to the bottom of the channel and sew across the channels, approximately 1 1/2'' from the first stitching; backstitch or tie the threads at the stitching line ends.’
    • ‘Don't backstitch to secure staystitching rows.’
    • ‘Stitch the seam with a normal stitch length below this mark, backstitching at the mark.’
    • ‘Be sure to sew across the perimeter stitching with each line of stitching, backstitching at the beginning and end.’
    • ‘Stitch in the ditch of the seam from the right side. Stitch across the ends over the cord and backstitch to secure.’
    • ‘The sweater ties at the back - there is a small slit in the right side for a tie to go through (duly backstitched and reinforced to prevent stretching).’
    • ‘At the narrow end, do not backstitch but instead take the last four or five stitches right along the fold of the fabric, then stitch off at the point.’
    • ‘The featured garment has groups of five rows of topstitching (backstitched at the beginning and end), spaced 5'' apart along the pintucked length.’
    • ‘Slipstitch the folds and then use the same strand of yarn to backstitch the loops.’
    • ‘Start sewing again 1/4'' below the 2 1/2'' mark, backstitch to the 2 1/2'' mark, and now continue sewing the seam all the way to the bottom edge.’

Pronunciation:

backstitch

/ˈbakˌstiCH/