from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Cotton thread made for plain sewing in white or printed cotton goods.


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  • The people had nearly all run out of sewing-cotton, so the supply just sent by friends has come in most usefully.

    Three Years in Tristan da Cunha

  • And the bars of darkness were broken, as a woman breaks the sewing-cotton at the end of the seam.

    Quiet Talks on John's Gospel

  • It has nine whorls, marked by small white lines, which look like fine white threads of sewing-cotton; and just below them are marks which look like very fine and very small stitches of white cotton.

    Hawthorne and His Circle

  • In a little shop, situated in a back street, I bought half a dozen reels of black sewing-cotton.

    The Uninhabited House

  • She had to purchase some sewing-cotton, and some other little things, and when she had bought them, she handed her bundle to the woman behind the counter, and asked her if she would not be so good as to have that wrapped up with the other things.

    Rudder Grange

  • This donation came most seasonably, as we had been mentioning repeatedly the need of calico and print in our prayers, and the sewing-cotton and the pair of boots came at once into use.

    The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller

  • The centre must be filled up with lacework, using fine sewing-cotton.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework

  • It is all very well for you conceited dwellers in the Old and New Worlds to laugh at us for making such a fuss about a projected hundred miles of railway -- you whose countries are made into dissected maps by the magic iron lines -- but for poor us, who have to drag every pound of sugar and reel of sewing-cotton over some sixty miles of vile road between this and Maritzburg, such a line, if it be ever finished, will be a boon and a blessing indeed.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 101, May, 1876


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