- 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
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Examples from the Web for sewing machine
From the work-room came the distant hum of a sewing-machine and the sound of voices.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Your walls are hung with photographs; your wife or daughter has a sewing-machine.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
When proceeding northward it has more the appearance of a sewing-machine.
For instance, she can contract for the purchase of a sewing-machine for her own use.
A small boy decided to surprise his mother by oiling her sewing-machine.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
- 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