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 His sartorial sightseeing continued the next year, with a tour of Turnbull & Asser’s Gloucester shirt factory where the prince gamely manned a sewing machine to practice his stitching skills. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2022 Only an umbrella and a sewing machine will ever know. Lori Waxman, Chicago Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 In this picture taken on May 18, 2019, Pakistani woman Hajra Bibi makes a sanitary pad with a sewing machine at her home in Booni village in Chitral. Time, 15 Sep. 2022 Ralph Lauren shared a behind-the-scenes video Tuesday, giving fans a glimpse into the process of hand-sewing gems into the fabric. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2022 Everyone can be their favorite flavor with this sweet and easy DIY, which requires no sewing, and can be created for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 18 Aug. 2022 Hand sewing helps children develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, self-confidence, patience and focus, skills used in reading and writing. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 5 July 2022 Lucy attempts to make some concessions, leading to some tragic home dress-sewing and hair-perming. Lillian Brown, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 While quick fixes with those products can prove invaluable in a pinch, the repair options on this list, however, offer longer-lasting solutions to fixing your equipment that require no sewing or special skills. Ebony Roberts, Outside Online, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sewing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Sep 2022

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“Sewing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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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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