Friday, June 17, 2011
History of my favorite machine!
Did you know that one of the earliest inventors of the sewing machine, Barthelemy Thomonnier, applied for a French patent in 1830, but his garment shop was burned and he was almost killed by enraged tailors who thought they were about to become unemployed?
Did you know that in 1846 Elias Howe was the first inventor of the modern sewing machine - two thread sources, and a needle with the eye in the point of the needle? He struggled to protect his patent, because other inventors were coming up with their own ideas for sewing machines.
Did you know that Isaac Singer soon after invented the patent for the Up-and-down mechanism? But his first feelings about the sewing machine were this: “What a devilish machine! You want to do away with the only thing that keeps women quiet, their sewing!”
Did you know that the first sewing machines available for home use were hand-cranked? Imagine trying to crank with one hand and maneuver your fabric with the other!!
Or trying to communicate with your "cranker" when exactly to stop cranking?
Now try to imagine Free Motion Quilting!!
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