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1. A decorative stitch usually bordering a hem, as on a handkerchief, made by drawing out several parallel threads and catching together the cross threads in uniform groups.
2. Needlework in which this stitch is used.
tr.v. hem·stitched, hem·stitch·ing, hem·stitch·es
To ornament or embroider with hemstitches.

hem′stitch′er n.
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Noun1.hemstitching - a stitch in which parallel threads are drawn and exposed threads are caught together in groupshemstitching - a stitch in which parallel threads are drawn and exposed threads are caught together in groups
embroidery stitch, sewing stitch - a stitch made with thread and a threaded sewing needle through fabric or leather
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But speak-to-me-only-with-thine-eyes isn't a really reliable reason for embroidering doilies and hemstitching tablecloths.
I taught her hemstitching, and I helped her to cut and fit.
The "rich blacksmith's daughter" cast the thought of dotted Swiss behind her, and elected to follow Rebecca in cheesecloth as she had in higher matters; straightway devising costumes that included such drawing of threads, such hemstitching and pin-tucking, such insertions of fine thread tatting that, in order to be finished, Rebecca's dress was given out in sections,--the sash to Hannah, waist and sleeves to Mrs.
Use the presser foot to guide down the pleat center while hemstitching or draw a straight line down the center of each pleat.
Even though the comforter makers were primarily concerned with providing warmth for patients taking the air (an essential part of the "wilderness cure"), they enlivened the pieces with red hemstitching around the blocks.
The keen-eyed inventor's involvement in the textile industry led him to a realisation: hemstitching was quite simply laborious.
The blade sports the traditional McCann Industries machined Hemstitching process, with a full, thick tang.
It's all finished to the highest standard with classic cording or hemstitching and monogrammed with crests or initials if desired.
The ivory and blue sateen bed is crisp and clean with its detailed chair embroidery and hemstitching. It brings a sense of architecture into the bedroom by recalling Barry's furniture lines.
Harrington, who operated the Rocky Point resort from 1888 until his death in 1918, also "made a fortune hemstitching handkerchiefs in the Clyde section of Warwick" and "was a leader of Republican politics in Warwick for a number of years and a member of the Republican State Central Committee." (8)
A third sort of sketch at which Bogan excelled is based on one concerted twist of style, whether within the small circle of an urban mood-piece such as "Winter Morning" (tightly reined in by the frame of one long, solitary sentence) or in a more objective array of images of a tiny population engaged in self-denying busy-ness (she shows us, in "Art Embroidery," the many women in a department store, just as it opens, heading to the trays of aniline wools and samples of Italian hemstitching).