from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In shoe manufacturing, a trough containing shoemakers' wax, which is kept hot by a lamp. It is attached to a sewing-machine, and the thread is caused to pass through it.


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  • You may, if you like, be a thread-waxer or a needle-threader; you may be one of the thirty men it takes to make a buttonhole, but a complete tailor -- alas! it is impossible. '

    Prose Fancies Richard Le Gallienne 1906


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