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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Tenzi started giving sewing lessons last year, teaching the class using old-fashioned treadle machines because City of Hope wasn’t on the electrical grid. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "This Young Woman Is Fighting Poverty in Tanzania by Teaching Women to Make Clothes," 8 Mar. 2019 Many people there have their clothing made-to-order by local tailors, so sewing skills are in high demand. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "This Young Woman Is Fighting Poverty in Tanzania by Teaching Women to Make Clothes," 8 Mar. 2019 Over the past decades, a U.S. manufacturing operation with 15 sewing factories, two plants making down for parkas and more than 3,500 workers whittled down to a skeleton crew of about 45 employees at the Pennsylvania mill. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "Weaving Magic Unravels in Woolrich, Pa.," 21 Dec. 2018 Greywind was killed after going to the couple's apartment to help with a sewing project. Fox News, "Latest: Woman: Police missed body, baby in searches," 25 Sep. 2018 The second floor is where most of your living happens thanks to a dining room and spacious front porch, living room with an original wood-burning fireplace, and a sewing or office room with a closet. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Cozy historic cottage with beamed ceilings asks $344K," 20 Sep. 2018 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

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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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