back·​stitch | \ ˈbak-ˌstich How to pronounce backstitch (audio) \

Definition of backstitch

: 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

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backstitch verb

Examples of backstitch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Begin the backstitch about a quarter-inch below where the tear starts, and work your way to the end using small stitches. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Basic Sewing Skills Everyone Should Know," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of backstitch

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Backstitch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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