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

n 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

n a sharp spasm of pain in the side resulting from running

Type of:
hurting, pain
a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

v fasten by sewing; do needlework

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

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