verb (used with object)

  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.


  1. the stitch used or the needlework done in hemstitching.


  1. a decorative edging stitch, usually for a hem, in which the cross threads are stitched in groups


  1. to decorate (a hem, etc) with hemstitches

also hem-stitch, 1821, from hem + stitch. As a verb by 1839. Related: Hemstitched; hemstitching.

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