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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
1840-50, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sewing machine
  • His firm has devised a solar-powered sewing machine, for example.
  • The artisans who make this jacket create the pattern freehand as they guide the garment through a treadle-operated sewing machine.
  • Use a sewing machine to hem the edges of your material to prevent fraying.
  • Yes, a sewing machine or a refrigerator will help make an entrepreneur's ideas come alive.
  • The family had two horses, and they sold one to buy her a sewing machine.
  • Some had brought with them good clothes, occasionally a sewing machine or other possessions.
  • He found work as a baker and then as a sewing machine operator in a sweat shop.
  • His first job was as a sewing machine operator, in which he repaired and made boat covers and duffel bags.
  • The introduction and development of the sewing machine made construction of dresses with intricate patterns possible.
  • May operate sewing machine to seam cushions and join various sections of covering materials.
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
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