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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a sewing machine
▪ Can I borrow your sewing machine to make some curtains?
sewing machine
▪ Dressmaking and sewing machines are totally foreign to many would-be kite flyers.
▪ If I do another cardigan in this way I shall do two or even three lines on the sewing machine.
▪ A single strand of technological evolution connects electronic sewing machines, electronic typewriters, and flexible electronic workstations.
▪ My father died among old sewing machines, echo of bridges and water in his hand.
▪ I find a zig-zag tends to pucker the fabric, but this may differ with makes of sewing machine.
▪ One of them provides income-earning assets to families: sewing machines, for example.
▪ When we moved we had one armchair and a sewing machine.
▪ She searched the attic, and found a hammer lying between a sewing machine and a stuffed bird.
sewing/quilting etc bee
▪ I don't mean sermons, or those awful sewing bees we used to have.
▪ The quilt was a truly beautiful piece of sewing.
▪ All of them can then double as a desk, homework table, sewing or drawing table.
▪ Dressmaking and sewing machines are totally foreign to many would-be kite flyers.
▪ I'd usually leave the washing until Sunday, also the sewing and mending.
▪ I taught on all makes of machine and have also worked in stores and at exhibitions, selling knitting and sewing machines.
▪ It was an evening when I knew Lily went to a weekly patriotic sewing and knitting circle in a near-by parish hall.
▪ She would have her hair nicely done and I might be doing a bit of sewing.
▪ The sewing industry in Saratov reported that its factories were closing in January through lack of demand for its products.
▪ The tent-pole bag was torn, so I put it on one side with the sewing kit.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sew \Sew\, v. t. [imp. Sewed; p. p. Sewed, rarely Sewn; p. pr. & vb. n. Sewing.] [OE. sewen, sowen, AS. si['o]wian, s[=i]wian; akin to OHG. siuwan, Icel. s?ja, Sw. sy, Dan. sye, Goth. siujan, Lith. siuti, Russ, shite, L. ssuere, Gr. ????, Skr. siv. [root]156. Cf. Seam a suture, Suture.]

  1. To unite or fasten together by stitches, as with a needle and thread.

    No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment.
    --Mark ii. 21.

  2. To close or stop by ssewing; -- often with up; as, to sew up a rip.

  3. To inclose by sewing; -- sometimes with up; as, to sew money in a bag.


Sewing \Sew"ing\, n.

  1. The act or occupation of one who sews.

  2. That which is sewed with the needle.

    Sewing horse (Harness making), a clamp, operated by the foot, for holding pieces of leather while being sewed.

    Sewing machine, a machine for sewing or stitching.

    Sewing press, or Sewing table (Bookbinding), a fixture or table having a frame in which are held the cords to which the back edges of folded sheets are sewed to form a book.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., "action of sewing;" c.1400, "sewn work," verbal noun from sew (v.). Sewing machine is attested from 1847.


n. 1 The action of the verb ''to sew''. 2 Something that is being or has been sewn. vb. (present participle of sew English)

  1. n. joining or attaching by stitches [syn: stitching]

  2. needlework that involves sewing; "she put her sewing back in the basket" [syn: stitchery]


Sewing is the craft of fastening or attaching objects using stitches made with a needle and thread. Sewing is one of the oldest of the textile arts, arising in the Paleolithic era. Before the invention of spinning yarn or weaving fabric, archaeologists believe Stone Age people across Europe and Asia sewed fur and skin clothing using bone, antler or ivory needles and "thread" made of various animal body parts including sinew, catgut, and veins.

For thousands of years, all sewing was done by hand. The invention of the sewing machine in the 19th century and the rise of computerization in the 20th century led to mass production and export of sewn objects, but hand sewing is still practised around the world. Fine hand sewing is a characteristic of high-quality tailoring, haute couture fashion, and custom dressmaking, and is pursued by both textile artists and hobbyists as a means of creative expression.

The first known use of the word sewing was in the 14th century.

Usage examples of "sewing".

So he went to his place and fell asleep and slept long, while the women went down to acre and meadow, or saw to the baking of bread or the sewing of garments, or went far afield to tend the neat and the sheep.

But if she would like to come here this afternoon with her sewing, the neighbors are coming too, and so is Ali Aga, to amuse us.

In the bowels of the caravanserai, young ladies who a year before had been hand-weaving cloth for clothing and hand sewing same were using computers to analyze voice intercepts, running satellite communications gear and managing one of the most advanced battlefield networks to be found in the world.

The dressmakers were hard at work, the mother cutting and the daughter sewing, but, as progress could not be too rapid, I told the mother that she would oblige us if she could procure another seamstress who spoke French.

The little experience she had had with Dodger satisfied her that she should enjoy teaching better than sewing or writing.

Alice chanced to be in the Godere home at the time and joined enthusiastically in the sewing.

Then he noticed a basket of sewing beside herand none of the garments were her own!

I thought it looked very becoming, but Ulaume snatched them out of his hands with a quick murmur about laundering and sewing.

It beckoned more and more with every wretched year that passed: the Kaiserstadt, the Imperial City - but I was seventeen before I got away and then I went like a foolish girl in an operetta, eloping with a young lieutenant stationed in the little town to which I went each day to work as a sewing maid in an orphanage.

Chiding herself for being a peagoose, she called them in and took up her sewing.

For the next month, she worked in secret, sewing Rashed an exquisite tunic.

Betty Raye had almost gone through the entire house when she opened the door to the little sewing room off the sunporch.

If Ronne had plenty of sewing, Nodtvedt had no less forging -- sledge-fittings, knives, pickaxes, bars and bolts, patent hooks by the hundred for dogs, chains, and so on to infinity.

In the meantime I had been able to pay for all the furniture, through my roomers and singing and sewing, but the large house was too much for me, with sewing until twelve at night, and I concluded to take a smaller house and called on Mr.

Sometimes it is easier to begin sewing the braid on at the very center of the top of the crown, or a few rows may be sewed to a small circle of crinoline before attaching to the top of the crown.