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The Evolution Of The Sewing Machine

Tech Ed Ninth Grade
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Autumn Wrotny

on 18 December 2012

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Transcript of The Evolution Of The Sewing Machine

The Evolution Of The Sewing Machine By Autumn Wrotny Period 2 Sewing machines make the tedious task of sewing fabric and other materials together easier and faster. In 1775 Charles Wiesenthal got a patent for a needle to be used on a machine but did not develop a machine to put it on. In 1790 Thomas Saint received the first ever patent for a sewing machine. It is uncertain whether he actually built it or not because when one was produced from his original plan years later, many modifications had to be made for it to function properly. Barthelemy Thimmoniér made the first practical sewing machine in 1829 and got his patent in 1841. Eighty Machines were then used to sew clothes for the army in Paris. Walter Hunt invented a more complicated machine that used a locksmith and two pieces of thread in 1834 . He did not get a patent for it at first and when he went to get the patent for it he was denied it because he gave it up years before. In 1845 Elias Howe perfected the locksmith machine. He got the patent and later sold the patent rights in England. The rotary bobbin and four motion feed was invented by Allen Benjamin Wilson in 1850. Isaac Merritt Singer thought he could make a better machine than Howe and started selling his machines in the USA in 1851. The motor was plugged into the design by the Singer Sewing Co. in 1889 but was not perfected into the design until the 1920's. It replaced the foot operated treadle and made it work much faster. The touch screen is a new addition recently added to sewing machines. Sewing machines today are also equip with thread cutters needle threaders and even knee lifters to lift the presser foot. Singer also came out with its 160th anniversary limited edition sewing machine in 2012. Today there over 36 different brands of sewing machines. Some top brands include Singer, Brother, Simplicity, White, and Janome. Many professions use sewing machines in their daily work and they have helped make the prices and availability of clothing easier for consumers to attain. Thank You!
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