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see needleworkneedlework,
work done with a needle, either plain sewing, mending, or ornamental work such as embroidery, quilting, smocking, hemstitching, fagoting, some kinds of lace making (see lace), patchwork, and appliqué.
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What does it mean when you dream about sewing?

A dream about sewing can be about creating something new or about repairing something than has been torn. We also talk about “sewing something up,” meaning to assure the success of something. (See also Knitting).

References in classic literature ?
Biddy looked at me for an instant, and went on with her sewing.
Biddy sat quietly sewing, shedding no more tears, and while I looked at her and thought about it all, it occurred to me that perhaps I had not been sufficiently grateful to Biddy.
She went into the back room which was more especially her own apartment, and continued her sewing there.
Garth and Mary were at their sewing, and Letty in a corner was whispering a dialogue with her doll, Mr.
She had taken the lace and muslin from the basket, possibly to settle her nerves and wits, and was sewing upon it.
She came back, smiling to him, and resumed her sewing.
I think some kinds of sewing would be nice; but there's no scope for imagination in patchwork.
Leslie was busy with sewing, for she and Owen were to be married at Christmas.
They were more divided up on that than they were on the sewing.
Her aunt sat opposite her, sewing also, with her feet propped on a wooden footstool.
We had found the two women sewing face to face under the open skylight in the strong glare of the lamp.
And your plain sewing is so beautiful, Maggie," said Lucy, "that I think I shall beg a few specimens of you to show as fancy-work.