sew

Definitions

  • Sewing by Lamplight
    Sewing by Lamplight
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sew fasten by sewing; do needlework
    • v sew create (clothes) with cloth "Can the seamstress sew me a suit by next week?"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sewing Table in Plain Oak Sewing Table in Plain Oak
Detail of the Sewing Table Detail of the Sewing Table
Sewing the quarter Sewing the quarter
Sewing Sewing
Howe's sewing machine Howe's sewing machine
Wilson's sewing machine Wilson's sewing machine
Shoe sewing machine Shoe sewing machine
sewing basket sewing basket

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pepper was sold as individual grains during the Elizabethan times. The guards at the London docks had to sew up their pockets so they would not steal any of the pepper
    • n Sew Juice; gravy; a seasoned dish; a delicacy. "I will not tell of their strange sewes ."
    • Sew To close or stop by ssewing; -- often with up; as, to sew up a rip.
    • v. t Sew To drain, as a pond, for taking the fish.
    • v. t Sew To follow; to pursue; to sue.
    • Sew To inclose by sewing; -- sometimes with up; as, to sew money in a bag.
    • v. i Sew To practice sewing; to work with needle and thread.
    • Sew To unite or fasten together by stitches, as with a needle and thread. "No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Early sewing machines were destroyed by mobs or workers who felt their jobs were threatened by automation
    • sew To unite, join, or attach by means of a thread, twine, wire, or other flexible material, with or without the aid of a needle, awl, or other tool.
    • sew To put together or construct, or to repair, as a garment, by means of a needle and thread.
    • n sew Juice; broth; gravy; hence, a pottage; a made dish.
    • sew To drain dry, as land; drain off, as water.
    • sew In falconry, to wipe: said of a hawk that cleans its beak.
    • sew To ooze out.
    • n sew A drain; a sewer.
    • sew To serve at table, as by carving, tasting, etc.
    • sew An obsolete spelling of sue.
    • sew An obsolete or dialectal preterit of sow.
    • sew In bookbinding, to pass the thread separately through the creased fold of each section of (an unbound book).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sewing machine was patented on August 12, 1851, by Isaac Singer of Pittstown, New York.
    • v.t Sew to join or fasten together with a needle and thread
    • v.i Sew to practise sewing
    • v.t Sew (Spens.) to follow, to solicit.
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Quotations

  • Marcel Pagnol
    Marcel Pagnol
    “My advice is to look out for engineers. They begin with sewing machines and end up with nuclear bombs.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sewen, sowen, AS. siówian, sīwian,; akin to OHG. siuwan, Icel. sja, Sw. sy, Dan. sye, Goth. siujan, Lith. siuti, Russ, shite, L. ssuere, Gr. , Skr. siv,. √156. Cf. Seam a suture, Suture
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sue.

Usage

In literature:

The Beginners' Class gives most of its time to hand sewing, the Intermediate Class emphasizes machine sewing.
"The Making of a Trade School" by Mary Schenck Woolman
Sewing was always soothing to Margaret.
"Margaret Montfort" by Laura E. Richards
Dorinda sewed hard and pursed up her red lips determinedly.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Member of a select sewing circle!
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
She should practise sewing, either by hand or machine.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
They sat and sewed while a mistress read a book aloud to them.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
I sew right on just as good with the rav'lin's as if it was thread.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
However, I'm through with 'white work,' and I've sewed my last sew on a machine.
"Patty's Success" by Carolyn Wells
She no longer cared to sew now, but when Tanqueray's mending was done, she would sit for hours with her hands before her, dreaming.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
A mode of sewing in sail-making.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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In poetry:

There sat they, all the damsels,
And sewed full craftily;
But ever the King’s son Hafbur
With nail in mouth sat he.
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
And then we said a Sewing Club,
But thought we'd better not;
'Cause none of us knows how to sew--
Not me nor Bub nor Dot.
"Our Club" by Carolyn Wells
Then out her doting mother came,
And soothed her daughter then;
"Grieve not, my darling, I will sew
Your dolly up again!"
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field
Thank God that there are solid folk
Who water flowers and roll the lawn,
And sit and sew and talk and smoke,
And snore all through the summer dawn.
"In Praise Of Solid People" by C S Lewis
I strode to where I saw him stand
So solitary in the sun -
Nothing! just empty sew and land,
no smallest sign of anyone.
While down below I heard the roar
Of waves, five hundred feet or more.
"My Suicide" by Robert W Service
I weep because I sit alone
Betwixt these walls of lime and stone.
Fair folk are in my father’s hall,
But for me he built this guarded wall.
And here the gold on the green I sew
Nor tidings of my true-love know.
"The Raven And The King's Daughter" by William Morris

In news:

Less than 30 miles from BRAIN's California office, a small warehouse in Garden Grove hums with the sound of sewing machines.
For decades, Big Chief Victor Harris of the Spirit of FiYiYi sewed his Mardi Gras Indian suits with the help of a roomful of people -- his "committee," he called them.
Klimek is aware his sewing prowess is not something most grandfathers possess, but he is thrilled to stitch formals on deadline.
As they sew the pieces into a whole, so they stitch themselves into the patchwork of a community.
A small group of women cut, stitch and sew at Zede's sewing shop in Columbia.
Fun tips for sewing with Taffeta .
Pursel spent a large part of the Fourth of July sewing the cover from a roll of nylon and velcro fasteners.
Sewing needles that are used in this magic trick.
At the RARE booth, we received such an overwhelming response to the "sew-up" technique we featured onstage—putting up hair with a needle and thread —that I wanted to share the technique with you here.
It wasn't that terribly so many years ago when welding may have been a skill that 4-H leaders taught young men while girls learned canning and sewing.
Seven tips for sewing with Tulle .
DTC Sews Up Its Season with Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
How to Sew with Water Resistant and Water Proof Fabric.
Before we get into how to sew with these fabrics, let's answer the question: What's the difference between water resistant and water proof.
Arleeta Fulton, 85, a doll fashion designer, sews clothing for a doll at her Broken Arrow home on Thursday.
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In science:

G is the Fermi constant, M is the appropriate kaon mass, and SEW is a universal short-distance electroweak correction .
KLOE results on kaon decays and summary status of Vus
FIG. 3: The partition function Z is obtained by sewing together the top and bottom edges of the world sheet in Fig. 2, that is by identifying the fields and integrating them.
Entanglement Entropy in Extended Quantum Systems
For positive integer n, this is given by taking n copies of Fig. 4 and sewing the edges along A in a cyclic fashion, as shown in Fig. 5.
Entanglement Entropy in Extended Quantum Systems
This is found by sewing together only those parts of the upper and lower edges corresponding to the region B (Fig. 4).
Entanglement Entropy in Extended Quantum Systems
FIG. 4: The reduced density matrix is obtained by sewing together the top and bottom edges of the world sheet in Fig. 2, along only the parts corresponding to region B.
Entanglement Entropy in Extended Quantum Systems
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