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 Since the pandemic began, Girl Scouts have played a role in helping others by hosting food drives, sewing masks and donating cookies to front-line workers. Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur,, "Girl Scouts launch cookie season with fresh strategies – and a new flavor," 12 Jan. 2021 People around the country brushed up on their sewing skills, making masks for people who need them most. Usa Today Staff, USA TODAY, "Good news in 2020? Yes, it's true! Here are 100 positive things that happened this year," 23 Dec. 2020 All men's suit pants have extra fabric in the back seam and can be let out two inches by most anyone who can use a sewing machine. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Don’t be a no-show," 21 Dec. 2020 Large companies down to individuals have dusted off the sewing machine, and went to work. James Barrett, Redbook, "Good News Report: Stories That Moved Us in 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 Julie Storbeck, president of the Northwest Indiana Chapter of National Organization for Women, presented a gift of 100 masks for the women and their children made by the Mask the Region sewing group of NOW. Karen Caffarini,, "Housing for women veterans breaks ground in Merrillville," 7 Dec. 2020 Concerned about her sewing skills, Ms. de Jong turned to a professional. New York Times, "Who Was the Star? In This Dance Film, It Was the Camera," 4 Dec. 2020 Finally, his parents gave him a sewing machine, and Duncan learned how to thread it and make stitches. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Native regalia reflects tribal cultures and histories: 'You remember where you come from'," 20 Nov. 2020 Kat Panchal had not yet learned how to use her sewing machine when the pandemic started. Matt Phillips And Gillian Friedman New York Times, Star Tribune, "Etsy sews up prominent place on Wall Street," 8 Dec. 2020

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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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26 Jan 2021

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“Sewing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 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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