from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A table constructed to hold all the implements for needle-work.
  • n. In bookbinding, a table for the sewing-press to stand upon.
  • n. A long bench or table on which a number of sewing-machines are placed. A shaft extends under the table to give power to the machines by means of short belts. The operator, seated before his machine, controls the power, as required, by a treadle and independently of all the other machines.


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  • Mrs. Babbitt sat over by the piano, making a nightgown and gazing with respect while Babbitt wrote in the exercise-book, to the rhythmical wiggling and squeaking of the sewing-table.


  • She busily unfolded the sewing-table set it in the bay-window, patted the tea-cloth to smoothness, moved the tray.

    Main Street

  • The fifes were combs with tissue paper; the drums were tabourets and the sewing-table.

    Main Street

  • On the sewing-table was a length of fine Indian muslin which

    The Plumed Serpent

  • Then there was a bright drugget over the faded carpet, the little rocking-chair and sewing-table stood at one window, the ivy ran all over the other, and hid the banqueting performances which went on in that corner.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • If you have mahogany things, you will require a little mahogany table at the head of the couch to hold a reading-lamp -- a sewing-table would be excellent.

    The House in Good Taste

  • She sat down in a chair on the other side of my little sewing-table and talked to me.

    The Gay Cockade

  • Yet the very neatest thing in sight was the little old lady herself, sitting in a green-painted rocker, with a low sewing-table at her side, wooden needles clicking fast in her fleecy knitting.

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Or, Alone in a Great City

  • The table at which we sat was a very ordinary little sewing-table, without any drawer or compartment, and before sitting down I examined it top and bottom, a privilege freely accorded.

    Preliminary Report of the Commission Appointed by the University of Pennsylvania to Investigate Modern Spiritualism In Accordance with the Request of the Late Henry Seybert

  • Seeing nothing else handy, he used his wife's scissors, which lay on the sewing-table.

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