from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A machine for sewing, often having additional attachments for special stitching.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any mechanical or electromechanical device used to stitch cloth or other material; normally uses two threads to form lock stitches
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a machine for sewing or stitching.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A machine for stitching fabrics, operated by foot or other power.
- n. In bookbinding, a machine used for sewing together the sections of a book.
- n. A small sewing machine operated by hand.
- n. In shoe manufacturing, a machine for sewing leather, built upon the general plan of the machine for sewing fabrics. It appears in a great variety of forms and under many different names, as fair-stitch machine, counter-stitcher, saddle-seam machine, wax-thread machine, out-sole stitcher, etc. The illustration shows a typical sole-sewing machine of the McKay type.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a textile machine used as a home appliance for sewing
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My late grandmother, Sadie Grant Cohen Carter, who taught me the value of a dollar and allowed me to use her sewing machine pre-drag.
Celeste’s sewing machine started to whir; upstairs, Stefan’s soldiers were still dinging his already cracked and dented bedroom door.
Bonnie was especially eager to become better acquainted with the second new teacher to arrive, Arlene Gustafson, a twice-divorced traditional quilter in her late fifties who looked as if she would be equally comfortable seated at a sewing machine or on a tractor.
Mary was accustomed to eating alone, although she occasionally was able to coax her cousin Loretha away from her sewing machine to go out for a quick meal.
With the speed of a sewing machine on steroids, Bernard and Rick rapid-fired dozens of staples into the middle of the lung, then like a Thanksgiving turkey, cleanly carved away the irreversibly damaged portion of lung.