from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Silk thread made for tailors and dressmakers, and also for knitting, embroidery, or other work.


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  • And to make the gift complete, buy linen for the body-lining; stiff, glazed muslin for the facings, buttons, sewing-silk, and whatever else may be wanted.

    December 2008

  • I picked up the vest, and in doing so unrolled the same, when lining, sewing-silk and padding were all disengaged, so that the nimble fingers of the poor child picked up, and brushed, and packed them together again with scrupulous care; and tying them firmly, she gave me a sweet smile and bounded along.

    Choice Readings for the Home Circle

  • If a shade of sewing-silk were wanting, or a choice button, or a bit of braid or tape, Aunt Esther cheerfully volunteered something from her well-kept stores, not regarding the trouble she made herself in seeking the key, unlocking the drawer, and searching out in bag or parcel just the treasure demanded.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866

  • For example, Jane needs a spool of blue sewing-silk and a yard of elastic; so two little girls, intrusted with a silver quarter, trot hand in hand to Mr. Meeker's.

    Dear Enemy

  • On cloaks she did better, receiving from fifty to seventy-five cents apiece, she furnishing her own sewing-silk and cotton.

    White Slaves; or, the Oppression of the Worthy Poor

  • Everything about the town is the same, even to Miss Gidding's old shop, which is as disorderly as ever, presenting the same medley of tracts, sewing-silk, darning-cotton, and unimaginable old bonnets, which existed there of yore.

    The Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Seeing the waiter making signs to him, the Duke then made a profound bow and, stroking his sewing-silk locks left us.

    In the Courts of Memory, 1858 1875; from Contemporary Letters

  • Calico printing began at Lowell the same year, also the manufacture of cutlery at Worcester, of sewing-silk at Mansfield, Conn., of galvanized iron in

    History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)

  • Formerly, in the luxurious days of the Republic, it is said the chain was made as fine as sewing-silk, and worn embroidered on Genoa velvet by the patrician dames.

    Venetian Life

  • Thanks and Unity must have sat together like little doves and made crooked A's and B's and C's and picked out the frayed sewing-silk threads under the reproofs of the teacher of the Infant School, Miss

    The Development of Embroidery in America


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