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 Mariah is known in her family for competing in just about everything the fair has to offer, including crochet, sewing, baking and livestock shows with pigs, sheep and cows. Samantha Hendrickson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "She postponed her childhood dream to help her little brother. Now she's Waukesha's Fairest of the Fair.," 27 June 2020 In a federal wire fraud indictment, a Mount Vernon woman is accused of posing as a healthcare worker to get free protective masks from a volunteer sewing group in order to sell them. Lawrence Specker |, al, "Woman accused of fraud in plan to resell free masks," 26 June 2020 When Mason painstakingly pulls a loop of sewing thread out of a dead baby’s eye socket, the look on Rhys’s face underlines how obscene the moment feels to the viewer. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Conundrum of a New Perry Mason," 25 June 2020 Companies have helped in ways from sewing face masks, manufacturing personal protective equipment and delivering meals to front-line workers. USA TODAY, "Tattoos, masks, telemedicine, Yellowstone: News from around our 50 states," 23 June 2020 Birdwell, a California surfwear brand, has pivoted from making board shorts to sewing masks. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Where to get a face mask if you're not a medical worker," 16 June 2020 Some mornings, customers tap on the door at 8:30 a.m. even though the shop doesn't officially open until 10 a.m. People are dragging old sewing machines out of closets to make masks., "'Let it not be Miami': Pulling together as a pandemic rages beyond a small Arizona town," 5 June 2020 Many of them were previously activated to assist with Covid-19 relief, which included sewing, disinfecting and testing. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "The National Guard has a long history of being called out during protests - but not in numbers like this," 3 June 2020 The Czech Republic was one of the first European nations to make masks mandatory, sparking a sewing frenzy. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Face masks unleash creativity: ‘You can be part of the bigger story’," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of sewing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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30 Jun 2020

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“Sewing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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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