sew·​ing | \ ˈsō-iŋ How to pronounce sewing (audio) \

Definition of sewing

1 : the act, method, or occupation of one that sews
2 : material that has been or is to be sewed

Examples of sewing in a Sentence

She left her sewing in the living room.

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There's one tailored specifically to sewing, for example, and the MiniBox, which is basically a short, compact version of the DreamBox, among others. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Makers, This Storage Unit Is The Hidden Craft Room You Absolutely Need," 14 Jan. 2019 Experience in garment production, millinery or patternmaking will be among the qualifications needed for a sewing specialist job at Disney, where positions for garment cutters and costume-cam specialists also are posted. Bill Zimmerman,, "Orlando jobs at theme parks can be fun, strange or both," 18 June 2018 By 1936 nearly 100,000 women worked as seamstresses for local factories or led their own home delivery sewing businesses. Frances Solá-santiago, Glamour, "This Female-Founded Start-up Wants to Rebuild Puerto Rico's Fashion Industry," 16 Aug. 2018 Claire taught sewing at the Singer Sewing Machine Store in Levittown, wrote for the Lynbrook Leader, assisted in the publication of the Hofstra review, was active in the Temple Beth El sisterhood and played golf at the Mill River Country Club., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/9," 9 July 2018 This year, the size of the sewing club has grown to 20 students, and there’s even a waiting list to get in. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "Sewing club at Waukegan elementary school gives students 'a sense of pride'," 17 May 2018 This sewing sensation provides on-the-spot nameplate replacements for professional sports jerseys. Shirley Macfarland,, "Recycle outdated sports jerseys with Stitch N Switch sew-on-the-go replacement nameplates: Strong Points," 4 May 2018 Combining two historical buildings—the former T.B. Rayl Co. department store and a Singer sewing machine store—with three new ones, the 129-room Shinola will open in January 2019. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2019," 29 Dec. 2018 Beside the trappings of a normal village home—blue-and-orange floral throw pillows, a Singer sewing machine, a bare bulb powered by a car battery—the searchers found more nefarious items. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of sewing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sewing

: the act or process of using a needle and thread to make or repair something (such as a piece of clothing)
: things that are used for sewing or that are being sewn


sew·​ing | \ ˈsō-iŋ\

Kids Definition of sewing

1 : the act, method, or occupation of someone or something that works with needle and thread
2 : material being or to be worked with needle and thread

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