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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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 Inside, a half-dozen women are hard at work, sewing and ironing. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Local charity needs a new place to sew – for $250 a month," 7 June 2018 She was employed over the years by Royal Typewriter, East Hartford Convalescent Home and Sears Roebuck and Co. She enjoyed cooking and sewing, but her greatest joy was the love of her family. Hartford Courant,, "Santina Amenta," 6 July 2018 The group of architects has mostly financed The ORB itself, including the costs of 30 tons of steel and the 2,500 hours of welding and sewing. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "This Burning Man orb by Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange seeks your crowdfunding dollars," 5 July 2018 The shirt’s final cutting and sewing happens 40 miles from his farm. Debbie Carlson,, "'Grown and sewn in the U.S.': It’s getting easier to buy completely American-made clothing and home goods," 25 June 2018 Colby has always been crafty and is able to hone her sewing skills with the Preppy Pony. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Farmington, Avon Businesses Partner For New Line Of Products," 19 June 2018 Some 30 women are learning gardening, and another 80 are participating in weaving and sewing workshops. Hannifah Sawadogo, The Christian Science Monitor, "In rural West Africa, gardening offers women a way out of poverty," 14 June 2018 After making their own Ikea slipcover (self taught with sewing lessons via YouTube), the pair launched a full-fledged company that ships around the world. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "5 Companies That Will Make Your Ikea Furniture Seem Custom-Made," 13 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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