The Sewing Machine

By: Katja Josipovic

Before the sewing machine was invented, people used a needle and thread. This took a lot of time and patience just to finish one piece of clothing.

The first attempts to make sewing machines failed. The inventors tried to make a sewing machine that copied the motions of hand sewers.

In 1830, French embroiderer, Barthelemy Thimonnier invented an embroidery machine that sewed a basic chain stitch.

Four years later, an English mechanic, Walter Hunt designed a sewing machine that used two different strands of thread.

The invention and perfection of the sewing machine by Elias Howe, Isaac Singer, and others in the 1840s increased the market for smooth, sturdy, and uniform factory-made thread.


  • People continuously changed the original sewing machine in order to make it better.
  • The Willmatic Sewing Machine created a massive new granite mill.
  • In the following years, 36 different companies created and improved the sewing machine.

People could now produce clothing much easier and quicker. This meant that goods would be cheaper and more consumers would be willing to buy the goods.

The invention of the sewing machine had many more advantages than disadvantages. One disadvantage was the fear of an injury due to misplacing your hand while sewing. Although most workers who used the sewing machine didn't have to worry about this, it still happened every so often.

"Craftiness is happiness."

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