from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In bookbinding, a platform with upright rods at each end, connected by a top crosspiece, on which strings are fastened, and to which the different sections of an intended book are successively sewed.
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It is then put through the slit in the bed of the sewing-press, with the prongs away from the front.
Strange to remark, everything in the room -- the sewing-press, the tressel-table, the empty chair in front of it, the shelves piled with books, and even the shaving-mirror hung upon the latch -- was on a diminutive scale, adapted to the height and reach of a child of twelve years old.