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.
Recent Examples on the Web To date, no machine is capable of matching a human’s hands at a sewing machine, guiding individual seams past a needle. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 The Singer 7258 is an extremely versatile sewing machine that’s available for a reasonable price. Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 1 Aug. 2022 American sewing machine heiress Winnaretta Singer, who headed a very influential salon, commissioned many now-famous musical works. Beth Woodcontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 July 2022 Mementos from the Duran family scatter throughout the space, from the sewing machine gifted by their neighbor to their mother’s homemade candles. Jessica Benda, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 But sometimes there's nothing better than pulling out the sewing machine or even power tools and tackling a DIY project. Ellen Sturm Niz, Country Living, 18 July 2022 The firm also orchestrated Jay Mart’s 2015 acquisition of a 25% stake in Singer Thailand, the local unit of the storied American company whose founder invented the sewing machine in 1850. Naazneen Karmali, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Reece, a supersoldier who can also rock a sewing machine, is the only survivor of a covert operation in the Middle East gone wrong. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2022 After snipping the tattered threads along the edge of Old Glory, Trey Oates carefully folds over a few inches of the red and white striped cloth and then eases the yards of cumbersome material through an industrial-grade sewing machine. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sewing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Aug 2022

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“Sewing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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