Definition of running stitch in US English:

running stitch


  • A simple needlework stitch consisting of a line of small even stitches that run in and out through the cloth without overlapping.

    ‘trousers with contrast running stitch’
    count noun ‘a quilt with motifs sketched in tiny running stitches’
    • ‘Measures are usually taken to stop the bleeding by packing the involved area tightly with gauze or suturing the artery with a running stitch.’
    • ‘The surgeon closes the patient's abdomen with a #1 polypropylene running stitch from superior and inferior aspects of the incision.’
    • ‘For hand appliqué, outline the flowers and leaves with three strands of embroidery floss using a backstitch, running stitch or stem stitch.’
    • ‘The stitches need some consideration and the contemporary ones were: stem-stitch, outline-stitch, threaded running-stitch, running stitch, split-stitch, chain-stitch, couching, and surface couching.’
    • ‘Leaving a long yarn tail at each end, use the tapestry needle, yarn and a 3/8' long running stitch to stitch the pillow front to the back 2' from the edges, leaving a 4' opening in one edge center.’


running stitch

/ˈrəniNG stiCH/