sewing machine

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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. sewerage,
  2. sewin,
  3. sewing,
  4. sewing circle,
  5. sewing cotton,
  6. sewing needle,
  7. sewing silk,
  8. sewing table,
  9. sewn,
  10. sewn binding

Origin of sewing machine

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

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British Dictionary definitions for sewing machine

sewing machine

noun

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
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