- an ornamental stitch, used esp. at a hem, made by pulling out several parallel threads and tying the cross threads together into small, even bunches
- decorative needlework done with this stitch
- A decorative stitch usually bordering a hem, as on a handkerchief, made by drawing out several parallel threads and catching together the cross threads in uniform groups.
- Needlework in which this stitch is used.
transitive verbhem·stitched, hem·stitch·ing, hem·stitch·es
(third-person singular simple present hemstitches, present participle hemstitching, simple past and past participle hemstitched)