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 Suzanne Mancini, owner of The-Sew-Op cooperative sewing space, provided the Sunbrella material., 2 June 2021 Her mother shared sewing scissors with her; her father taught Ehlert how to paint, saw and pound nails. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 May 2021 Maggie Skovera, a volunteer with Mattie's Memory, works alongside Hazel crafting blankets and performing other sewing duties. Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 Alma Cortez for the last 10 years has been the go-to person for sewing names, numbers and patches on shirts, pants and jackets. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 May 2021 This set includes professional sewing scissors, 4.5″ small scissors, 3.6″ stork scissors, 4.6″ U-shape scissors, and a stylish box to keep them all in. Chris Hachey, BGR, 20 May 2021 His father, Ted, was a merchant who dealt in sewing notions, and his mother, Lena (Singer) Grodin, was a homemaker. New York Times, 18 May 2021 Halston was famous for cutting and sewing garments while his models were wearing them and for designing complicated patterns consisting of one continuous piece of fabric. Meg Donohue, Town & Country, 16 May 2021 There’s space for exercise and sewing, as well as a bridge table and pool table that are set up in front of a 1950s hutch that was built by Janice’s father. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 13 May 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Sewing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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