Definition of sewing in US English:



  • 1The action or activity of sewing.

    • ‘Informally, women met to socialize and do needlework and sewing.’
    • ‘Kids who were initially intimidated by the thought of sewing soon came to realize how fun and fulfilling quilting together could be.’
    • ‘Some time during her earlier years, Ellen went to Alta to perfect her knowledge of the Norwegian language, and to learn home economics and sewing.’
    • ‘The schoolgirls were attending the first of two 10-day courses arranged by the firm to introduce the needlewoman of the future to the art of mechanical sewing.’
    • ‘She did a lot of knitting and sewing, volunteered in her church, and sang in the choir.’
    • ‘They made shoes, they cooked, and they did spinning, sewing and embroidery together.’
    • ‘Ann's marriage to Simon, apparently not a happy one, led her to find work in sewing or needlework.’
    • ‘It also boasts of a youth skills centre where youths are taught skills like woodwork, sewing and hairdressing.’
    • ‘The elderly take part in activities including sewing and knitting.’
    • ‘Needless to say, button sewing wasn't adventuresome enough for him, and he left me home alone to finish my task.’
    • ‘Australia is the world center of sewing and crafts, so we should be able to get some good thread from them.’
    • ‘She was doing her sewing and thinking about her fiancé Nathan.’
    • ‘Her teaching duties most likely also included sewing and embroidery.’
    • ‘Three other young sisters taught sewing or embroidery during the late 1830s and longer.’
    • ‘Charity, on the other hand, was far superior at stitching and all manner of sewing.’
    • ‘Activities like reading, driving and sewing are severely affected.’
    • ‘A few hours later, Marie stopped her sewing and frowned into the sunset from her window.’
    • ‘So I went to my room and worked on some sewing and embroidery, to pass the time.’
    • ‘They taught me everything girls needed to know, including sewing, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of children.’
    • ‘I use headphones on a daily basis as I do a lot of sewing on industrial-class machines and like to block out the mechanical noise as well as listen to the radio clearly.’
    1. 1.1 Work that is to be or is being sewn.
      ‘she put down her sewing’
      • ‘Aimee looked up from her sewing, and, seeing that it was Keira, practically launched herself at her best friend.’
      • ‘Leslie smiled and turned back to her sewing, moving what looked like a shirt sleeve along the jabbing threaded needle.’
      • ‘She wanted to see all of my sewing, and the things I had made.’
      • ‘So I sat myself on one of the window seats and took up my sewing.’
      • ‘I put down my sewing and go in and shut it off for him.’
      • ‘I picked up my sewing and began to stitch quickly.’
      • ‘Beth puts down her sewing more than once and stares off.’
      • ‘Elizabeth nodded and picked her sewing back up.’
      • ‘Frantically putting away her sewing, Althia had the courtesy to blurt out a farewell to her mother and sister before dashing off into the hallway.’
      • ‘She bent over her sewing so that she wouldn't look at him.’
      • ‘He stared at her sewing which she had taken up again.’
      • ‘Even on the night of Chun's funeral she returns to her sewing.’
      • ‘He looked up from his sewing surprised.’
      needlework, needlecraft, fancywork, stitching
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