Our sewing machines are something that many of us take for granted, most of us know they have been around for around 100 or so years and have evolved from the works of art that were the original metal machines to the more functional largely plastic machines that we use today.
But how many of you know exactly when the first sewing machine came into being, about the huge patent war that was fought at the beginning of their creation?
|Barthelemy Thimonnier, image from http://buisson.pagesperso-orange.fr/|
This was immediatly met by threats from French tailors who feared the machine would take their jobs. They ransacked his factory and destoryed all the machines they could find. Thimonnier then fled in fear for his life.
|Elias Howe's sewing machine image from Wkikpedia|
|Issac Singer - image from Wikipedia|
Issac Singer continued to be a leader in his field, introducing payment plans so the poor could afford machines and demonstrating machines throughout the country to boost sales, repeating his solgan 'a machine in every home.'
Apart from his scandelous personal life (24 children by 5 women & accusations of bigamy see this article) Singer is remembered for creating the foundation of all modern sewing machines and his company remains one of the big players in the industry. You will find there website here: http://www.singerco.com/