Definition of sewing in US English:



  • 1The action or activity of sewing.

    • ‘Her teaching duties most likely also included sewing and embroidery.’
    • ‘Informally, women met to socialize and do needlework and sewing.’
    • ‘The elderly take part in activities including sewing and knitting.’
    • ‘She was doing her sewing and thinking about her fiancé Nathan.’
    • ‘So I went to my room and worked on some sewing and embroidery, to pass the time.’
    • ‘Australia is the world center of sewing and crafts, so we should be able to get some good thread from them.’
    • ‘Kids who were initially intimidated by the thought of sewing soon came to realize how fun and fulfilling quilting together could be.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A few hours later, Marie stopped her sewing and frowned into the sunset from her window.’
    • ‘Ann's marriage to Simon, apparently not a happy one, led her to find work in sewing or needlework.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Charity, on the other hand, was far superior at stitching and all manner of sewing.’
    • ‘Needless to say, button sewing wasn't adventuresome enough for him, and he left me home alone to finish my task.’
    • ‘She did a lot of knitting and sewing, volunteered in her church, and sang in the choir.’
    • ‘It also boasts of a youth skills centre where youths are taught skills like woodwork, sewing and hairdressing.’
    • ‘They made shoes, they cooked, and they did spinning, sewing and embroidery together.’
    • ‘Activities like reading, driving and sewing are severely affected.’
    • ‘They taught me everything girls needed to know, including sewing, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of children.’
    • ‘Three other young sisters taught sewing or embroidery during the late 1830s and longer.’
    1. 1.1 Work that is to be or is being sewn.
      ‘she put down her sewing’
      • ‘Elizabeth nodded and picked her sewing back up.’
      • ‘I put down my sewing and go in and shut it off for him.’
      • ‘Even on the night of Chun's funeral she returns to her sewing.’
      • ‘He stared at her sewing which she had taken up again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She bent over her sewing so that she wouldn't look at him.’
      • ‘Aimee looked up from her sewing, and, seeing that it was Keira, practically launched herself at her best friend.’
      • ‘So I sat myself on one of the window seats and took up my sewing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I picked up my sewing and began to stitch quickly.’
      • ‘Beth puts down her sewing more than once and stares off.’
      • ‘He looked up from his sewing surprised.’
      needlework, needlecraft, fancywork, stitching
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