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The Sewing Machine
Transcript of The Sewing Machine
The first sewing machine was invented to help make leather items like saddles and bridles.
It worked by using a single thread to make stitches in the fabric.
Thomas Saint invented the first sewing machine, but he did not successfully market his invention.
In 1804, a sewing machine was built in England by Thomas Stone and James Henderson.
At the same time in Scotland, a machine for embroidering was invented by John Duncan.
A few years later in Austria, Josef Madersperger invented his own sewing machine.
However, it wasn't until Frenchman Barthélemy Thimonnier came along in 1829 that the sewing machine was widely used. But it was still very rough and not like the modern sewing machine.
Finally in 1844, the first more modern sewing machine was invented by John Fisher. However, he did not get the credit for it. Instead, American Elias Howe got the patent for it along with the credit for inventing the first modern sewing machine.
In 1856, the Sewing Machine Combination was formed, which included 4 companies that all pooled their patents. This ended in 1877, and by then the sewing machine was well used and still continues to be today.