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sewing machine

any of various foot-operated or electric machines for sewing or making stitches, ranging from machines with a shuttle for a spool of thread and a needle for sewing garments to industrial machines for sewing leather, book pages together, etc.
Origin of sewing machine
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for sewing machine
Contemporary Examples
  • His best-loved character was “as beautiful as the fortuitous encounter on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella.”

Historical Examples
  • Perhaps the invention that did as much as any one thing to make life easier was the sewing machine.

  • It might picture, for instance, a factory girl at a sewing machine.

  • Less than a hundred years ago a furious rabble smashed Thimonier's invention, the sewing machine.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • With what sewing machine are you most familiar, and what are its peculiarities?

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Mr. Stark's overalls had ripped, and the sewing machine was being repaired.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • They have a piano here that plays itself like a sewing machine.

    Turn About Eleanor Ethel M. Kelley
  • She had a twenty-foot launch, equal to fourteen knots, that made no more noise than a sewing machine.

    The President Alfred Henry Lewis
  • And now, when you want a sewing machine, if you do not get the best it will be your own fault.

    Up Terrapin River Opie P. Read
  • This produced the heel-and-toe action treadle, a familiar part of the sewing machine until its replacement by the electric motor.

British Dictionary definitions for sewing machine

sewing machine

any machine designed to sew material. It is now usually driven by electric motor but is sometimes operated by a foot treadle or by hand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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