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Meaning of hemstitch

hem•stitch

Pronunciation: (hem'stich"), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to hem along a line from which threads have been drawn out, stitching the cross threads into a series of little groups.
  2. to simulate hand hemstitching by piercing the material with a large machine needle and then stitching around the perforations.
—n.
  1. the stitch used or the needlework done in hemstitching.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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