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July 26, 2023
John Rizvi, Esq.

Who Invented the Sewing Machine? 877-728-7763 – National Sewing Machine Day Patents

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Oh done, and it only took me 17 and a half hours. However, if I had used a sewing machine, I would have gotten this done a whole lot faster. And since today is National sewing machine day, I'm here to go over the historic inventors patents and drama involved in the invention of the sewing machine. The story of the sewing machine begins in 1790, with a cabinet maker from England named Thomas St. Thomas designed what was essentially the first iteration of the sewing machine. His patent described a machine powered with a hand crank, but it could only be used for leather and canvas by 1829 Barthelemy Damania, a French Taylor invented a machine that used a hook to needle and one thread. This patent was issued in July 1830. And he went on to found the world's first machine based clothing manufacturing factory. Now here's where the drama begins. Only a year later, the factory was set on fire by a crowd of tailors out of fear of unemployment, nearly killing to Monnier in the process, who knew sewing could be such a dangerous profession hopping over to the United States. The first practical American Sewing Machine was invented by Elias Howe, here the patent in 1846 for his invention of a machine, which uses thread from two different sources, creating what is called the lock stitch. That pattern would prove to be house greatest decision, since he would later discover several others had copied his mechanism and neglected to pay him royalties to use his design. He pursued the infringing parties and won every single case. House design paved the way for Isaac Merritt, singer, founder of the famous sewing machine manufacturing company singer in 1851. And empire that is still going to this day. As you can see by my own sewing machine here, singer invented his own sewing machine that was different in almost every way than house except for its I pointed needle, to which he paid how 1000s in royalties. From this he developed the first version of our modern day sewing machine with a foot pedal and up and down needle. Even now, single range is one of the top most used brands in the sewing machine industry singers prototype became the industry standard of what we know as the sewing machine. And so today we celebrate no longer having to spend hours upon hours, hand stitching clothing ourselves. We can thank those inventors who devoted themselves to making our lives easier and more efficient with the invention of the sewing machine.

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