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

Examples of backstitch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This adaptive, personalized approach is a backstitch in the collaborative masterpiece. Kate Vitasek, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 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, 8 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backstitch was in 1611

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“Backstitch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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