Paragraph 109. Overhanding consists of very small stitches whipped over and over edges of material, not for the mere function of preventing raveling, as is the case with overcasting, but to bind the two edges firmly together.
To make this stitch, begin by concealing the knot in a fold of the material or by sewing over 1/4" of the thread along the edges of the material. Insert the needle at the back of the edge and bring it through, pointing directly toward you. See Figure 10. Insert again at the back about 1/8" to the left of the first stitch and bring it through again. Continue this process barely catching the edge of the material each stitch. This stitch will slant across the top edge of the goods, but the needle should be put through straight across. The stitches should be very shallow so the work may be pressed with thumb and finger without leaving a ridge. Finish by sewing over the last stitch two or three times to fasten the thread.
Overhanding is used in sewing lace on the edge of material and in fastening two selvage edges together in a seam, or two folded edges as in the bottom of pillow cases; it is also used in making a French hem (Par. 111).