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backstitch

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noun back·stitch \-ˌstich\

Definition of backstitch

  1. :  a stitch sewn one stitch length backward on the front side and two stitch lengths forward on the reverse side to form a solid line of stitching on both sides

backstitch verb


1611

First Known Use of backstitch

1611


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