When a needle pulls thread through fabric and into a loop, that's a stitch. Every quilt, no matter how elaborate, starts with a single stitch.

You can stitch a design on a pillow, or stitch up a hole in your jeans using stitches. Doctors sometimes stitch up patients' skin, too — if you cut yourself badly enough, you might need stitches. Another kind of stitch is a painful cramp in your stomach or side: "I stopped running when I got a stitch." If someone says, "I haven't got a stitch to wear," they're short on clothing. And being "in stitches" means laughing uncontrollably.

Definitions of stitch
  1. noun
    a link or loop or knot made by an implement in knitting, crocheting, embroidery, or sewing
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    crochet stitch
    any one of a number of stitches made by pulling a loop of yarn through another loop with a crochet needle
    knitting stitch
    a stitch taken in knitting
    embroidery stitch, sewing stitch
    a stitch made with thread and a threaded sewing needle through fabric or leather
    an overlapping stitch made by starting the next stitch at the middle of the preceding one
    bargello, flame stitch
    needlepoint embroidery stitch that produces zigzag lines
    baste, basting, basting stitch, tacking
    a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together
    blanket stitch
    a strong reinforcing stitch for edges of blanket and other thick material; similar to buttonhole stitch
    buttonhole stitch
    a reinforcing looped stitch for edges, as around a buttonhole
    chain stitch
    a looped stitch resembling the links of a chain; used in embroidery and in sewing
    chain stitch
    the most basic of all crochet stitches made by pulling a loop of yarn through another loop
    two stitches forming a cross or X
    double crochet, double stitch
    a kind of crochet stitch
    faggot stitch, fagot stitch
    the stitch that ties a group of parallel threads together in fagoting
    French knot
    a stitch made by looping the thread several times around the needle before inserting it into the fabric
    garter stitch
    a knitting stitch that results in a pattern of horizontal ridges formed by knitting both sides (instead of purling one side)
    gros point
    a needlepoint stitch covering two horizontal and two vertical threads
    a stitch used in sewing hems on skirts and dresses
    hemstitch, hemstitching
    a stitch in which parallel threads are drawn and exposed threads are caught together in groups
    knit, knit stitch, plain, plain stitch
    a basic knitting stitch
    machine stitch, sewing-machine stitch
    a sewing stitch made by a sewing machine, sometimes using more than one thread
    overhand stitch
    a stitch passing over an edge vertically
    petit point, tent stitch
    a small diagonal needlepoint stitch
    an edging of small loops, as on lace or ribbon
    purl, purl stitch
    a basic knitting stitch
    stitching through layers of fabric and a filling so as to create a design
    running stitch
    small, even, hand stitches run in and out
    saddle stitch
    a decorative overcast or running stitch, especially in a contrasting color
    satin stitch
    flat stitches worked so closely as to resemble satin
    shell stitch
    a crochet stitch
    single crochet, single stitch
    a crochet stitch
    slip stitch
    a loose stitch catching only a thread or two of fabric; designed to be invisible from the right side
    stockinette stitch
    knitting stitch having alternate rows of knit stitches and purl stitches, producing a fabric as for stockings
    tailor's tack
    a loose, looped, sewing stitch used to transfer marking for darts, etc., from a pattern to material
    whipping, whipstitch, whipstitching
    a sewing stitch passing over an edge diagonally
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    sewing, stitchery
    needlework on which you are working with needle and thread
  2. noun
    a seam used in surgery
    synonyms: surgical seam, suture
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    joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces
  3. verb
    fasten by sewing; do needlework
    synonyms: run up, sew, sew together
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    fold over and sew together to provide with a hem
    sew again
    sew with an overcast stitch from one section to the next
    sew over the edge of with long slanting wide stitches
    do backstitches
    gather, pucker, tuck
    draw together into folds or puckers
    sew together very finely
    sew a seam by folding the edges
    baste, tack
    sew together loosely, with large stitches
    sew with hemstitches
    retick, tick
    cast on
    make the first row of stitches when knitting
    cast off
    make the last row of stitches when knitting
    sew (two edges) with close stitches that pass over them both
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    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  4. verb
    join with a suture
    synonyms: suture
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    put together with a seam
  5. noun
    a sharp spasm of pain in the side resulting from running
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    hurting, pain
    a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder
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