Sewing is the craft of stitching things using a needle and thread. If you enjoy sewing, your elaborate, hand-stitched Halloween costumes might be the envy of all your friends.

Before the invention of the sewing machine in the 1800s, sewing was done by hand. This kind of sewing involves threading a needle and taking repeated stitches through fabric, to attach several pieces to each other. The sewing that goes into a modern, mass-produced piece of clothing requires speedy, electric-powered sewing machines doing all the stitching. You can also use this word for a stitching project: "Have you seen my sewing? I thought I left it on the coffee table."

Definitions of sewing

n joining or attaching by stitches

blind stitching
stitching that is not easily seen or noticed
surgical joining of two surfaces
Type of:
a craft that requires skillful hands

n needlework on which you are working with needle and thread

“she put her sewing back in the basket”
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a decorative design made of one material sewn over another
strip sewn over or along an edge for reinforcement or decoration
gather, gathering
sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching
darn, mend, patch
sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)
sewing consisting of pieces of different materials sewn together in a pattern
a link or loop or knot made by an implement in knitting, crocheting, embroidery, or sewing
crochet stitch
any one of a number of stitches made by pulling a loop of yarn through another loop with a crochet needle
knitting stitch
a stitch taken in knitting
embroidery stitch, sewing stitch
a stitch made with thread and a threaded sewing needle through fabric or leather
Type of:
needlecraft, needlework
a creation created or assembled by needle and thread

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