Mother made our clothes on a sewing machine.
Mother made our clothes by a sewing machine.

Which is better, by a sewing machine or on a sewing machine? I found both usages in google.

So I want to know "the way of sewing clothes" can be expressed "by sewing machine".

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    Please provide a detailed explanation of the meaning you intend to express.
    – Em.
    Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 23:36
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    If you find widespread usage of both, chances are that both are grammatical and perhaps the meaning differs slightly, as @Max mentions.
    – J.R.
    Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 2:55
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    When you use 'by' to indicate a method, you don't usually put the indefinite article after it - "by sewing machine". This NGRAM gives some idea how frequently they are used. books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 10:49

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"Mother made our clothes on a sewing machine" or "Mother made our clothes with a sewing machine". Both seem to be about equally common.

You can also say, "Mother used a sewing machine to make all our clothes."

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