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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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  • I must sell that sewing-machine again now, and get some of it back.

    Wanderers Knut Hamsun
  • We'll go to town to-morrow and pick out that sewing-machine!

    The Friendly Road (AKA David Grayson) Ray Stannard Baker
  • So we said nothing, and shall look for the English model from which the American sewing-machine was invented.

    Over the Ocean Curtis Guild
  • From the work-room came the distant hum of a sewing-machine and the sound of voices.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • And they were not all laborers who were forced to tread the sewing-machine, or roll cigars and fill cigarettes.

  • For instance, she can contract for the purchase of a sewing-machine for her own use.

  • All larger presents (of the motor-car, pianola and sewing-machine variety) to be sold by auction for the National Relief Fund.

  • You ought to be passing spools to a lady with a sewing-machine.

    The Flying Mercury Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Meg rested her hand on the handle of the sewing-machine, and the whirring noise stopped.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Thus it was that the idea of a sewing-machine first entered Howe's mind.

    Hidden Treasures Harry A. Lewis
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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