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a length of thread cut for use in a needle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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  • I have a needle stuck in my dress now, with a needleful of thread.

    Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
  • Take two or three threads from a strand of filoselle in your needle at once, and do not take too long a needleful.

  • When a needleful of worsted is finished leave the end hanging and start another.

  • Old Mis' Meade, translating this, held her breath and waited; but Amarita only sighed and took a needleful of thread.

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  • "I didn't ask you," said Jane, biting off a needleful of thread as she had always been strictly forbidden to do.

  • The needleful should not be lengthy lest it gets worn before it is all worked in.

  • The neatest way to finish these holes is to sew the edges over and over with a needleful of sewing silk.

  • With a needleful of red worsted let the child sew upon this card three straight candles in stitches one inch long.

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