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Few old sewing machines are rare
Label :Few old sewing machines are rare        Date : 2015-08-17        Views : 1537 Time

elaine and Joe: I am wondering if you can steer me in the right direction. I am trying to figure out what year my sewing machine was made. It is marked "Minnesota" and has fancy gold decoration and a hand wheel for operation. It is has a serial number stamped on the back: No. 405772. Thank you. -- C. J.

Dear C. J.: The Industrial Revolution made the looming of cloth much quicker and easier, and as a result, cloth became much cheaper. To take full commercial advantage of these textiles, a machine was needed that could sew pieces of cloth or leather together to make clothing and other useable items.

It is thought that the first sewing machine was invented in the 1790s by Englishman Thomas Saint with the purpose of sewing leather together to make footwear. But the idea never went anywhere, and Saint's invention moldered in the patent office.

The first sewing machine used for commercial purposes was patented in 1830 by Barthelemy Thimonnier, who produced 80 machines, which he used to make uniforms for the French army. Unfortunately, the other tailors of Paris, fearing for their livelihoods, rose up and destroyed Thimonnier's shop and his sewing machines.

In the United States, the first practical sewing machine was produced by inventor Walter Hunt, but his device was not commercially successful. Elias Howe is usually credited with the invention of the sewing machine in the U.S.

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