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sewing silk

finely twisted silk thread used for sewing, embroidery, etc.
Origin of sewing silk
First recorded in 1470-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In waist repairing, the sewing silk should match the material.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • My poor wits, in these days, are like bits of sewing silk wound on a card.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • It may be likened to a two-foot length of sewing silk swimming round and round an oval sixty feet in circumference.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • No sewing silk is fine enough to use without separating the thread and using one of the strands.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • It consisted of a round disc of card suspended between two pieces of sewing silk.

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • "Many a true word is spoken in jest," muttered Daffy, as she waxed the end of a bit of sewing silk, behind the counter.

    Rose Clark Fanny Fern
  • Start by threading a fine needle with a piece of sewing silk the colour of the bag.

  • This is how it is done: Thread a No. 11 needle with sewing silk the colour of the chamois.

  • Sometimes scent satchets and jewelled caskets are found fitted with quaint reels for sewing silk and curious needle holders.

    Chats on Household Curios Fred W. Burgess
  • "I have to go down to the Pettah, to get some sewing silk to match this;" and she drew out a small fragment of yellow silk.

    The Tiger of Mysore

    G. A. Henty

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