top·​stitch ˈtäp-ˌstich How to pronounce topstitch (audio)
topstitched; topstitching; topstitches

transitive verb

: to make a line of stitching on the outside of (a garment) close to a seam

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To finish the sponge, topstitch around the perimeter with a 1/2-inch seam allowance—when you're done, the sponge is ready to use! Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Sep. 2022 Topstitch the right-hand edge of the ribbon around the case, then topstitch left side. Sonja Carmon, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of topstitch was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Topstitch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


top·​stitch -ˌstich How to pronounce topstitch (audio)
: to make a line of stitches on the outside of a garment near a seam
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