The Stitch and Eeyore stay different stay weird shirt stitch is sometimes used as a decorative accent rather than a hidden or invisible stitch such as you would see on most machine made clothes. As you can see in the pictures on this link, when you whip stitch, you place the stitches a certain distance apart. General rule of thumb is they should be about as far apart as they are long from the edge of the fabric, to be visually pleasing. So, the larger the whip stitch, the further apart they would be. interestingly, this stitch is similar, but not quite the same. And when done by machine is sometimes called a whipstitch according to Wikipedia, which isn’t always as correct about this subject area as it usually is about other subject areas, so grain of salt. Perhaps the original phrase has its origins in this stitch, with the longer/decorative one being referred to as the whip stitch, indicating even more of an every so often aspect.