I am not a stitching expert, but according to my research it seems like people stitch a wound differently from a split in clothes.

To stitch a split in clothes, we just need 1 long stitch and wind it around the split into a spiral shape.

Can we say "my T-shirt has a stitch in its sleeve"?

To stitch a wound, we may use many small stitches separately as the below picture.

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Suppose that we stitch a wound just like stitching a clothes split.

Is it correct to say "he has a stitch in his head"?

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Almost right, but each time the thread goes between the two pieces of fabric or skin that we wish to join, it's a stitch. We use the number of stitches as an indicator of the severity of the wound. To describe your photograph, you would say

He had to have 13 stitches in his head.

  • is it a long stitch with 13 rounds or are they 13 separated stitches?
    – Tom
    Sep 29, 2020 at 8:13
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    'A stitch' refers to each time the needle passes in and out of the fabric. In sewing, we don't speak of 'one stitch with 13 rounds', but '13 stitches'. Sep 29, 2020 at 9:03

When stitching 'suturing' a wound, the thread is usually carried through itself in a knot, each of these is one stitch.

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