sew·​ing | \ˈsō-iŋ \

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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Best known for manufacturing sewing machines, Singer produced a handful of .45s on the eve of World War II, and their guns were so good the U.S. Military asked the company to build more complicated equipment instead. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "When the Singer Sewing Machine Company Built the Best .45 Pistol Ever Made," 21 Sep. 2018 Vaughn was also known for sewing her own clothes and advocating for girls to study science. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Meteorologist Lisa Vaughn is no longer employed at Fox 26," 20 Apr. 2018 In her bedroom, an old black Singer sewing machine console served as her desk. Rob Haskell, WSJ, "In ‘Black Panther,’ Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter Found a Career-Defining Challenge," 1 Nov. 2018 Veterans are involved in design, sewing, management, and sales. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018 The curriculum focused primarily on design (aside from one sewing class), so Cutler had to watch YouTube tutorials to learn how to sew. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Meet the Folk Musician Who Moonlights as a Textile Designer," 11 Oct. 2018 The library is offering sewing classes for children this summer. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 10 July 2018 Weighting Comforts eventually partnered with Sew For Hope, a non-profit organization that provides sewing classes and machines for international refugees who relocate to Middle Tennessee. Southern Living, "This Southern Company Combats Anxiety & Champions Refugee Women," 7 June 2018 Additional space will allow for new and expanded programming like art, sewing and writing classes as well as gardening opportunities and cooking demonstrations. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Norcross Senior Center to undergo $1 million renovation," 28 June 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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