National Sewing Machine Day: History, Facts & Quotes

For most of us, the image of a woman stoically engaged in needlework is just another overused film trope. But there was a time when tailoring pants took more than four days, and women spent most of their days hand-sewing clothes for themselves and their families. For the same reason, the invention of the sewing machine, which brought about a revolutionary change in people’s lives, is celebrated every year on June 13.

The story

The Englishman Thomas Saint designed the first sewing machine in 1790. Although his design described the machine as a crank-operated machine to be used for leather and canvas, no one was sure Saint had made a prototype. Fortunately, the designs for the patent were discovered in 1847 by William Newton Wilson. A replica was built which proved it worked.

However, the first successful sewing machine was built in 1830, forty years after Saint first designed and described a machine. Barthelemy Thimonnier, a French tailor, invented the machine which used a crochet needle and thread, creating a chain stitch.

The first American lockstitch sewing machine was invented in 1832 by Walter Hunt. The patent for the first American sewing machine was obtained by John Greenough in 1842. A decade later, Isaac Singer began to proliferate the textile market with his more user-friendly sewing machine models and Singer quickly became a brand. family.

Fun facts

1) Sewing machines were a godsend for women, who cut their sewing time from about 14.5 hours by hand to 1 hour with the machine.

2) By 1863, the Singer Manufacturing Company was selling 20,000 machines a year for home use. By the 20th century, over 4000 different types of sewing machines had been invented.

3) A useful invention: The sewing machine is one of the most useful things ever invented by man. The invention followed an era of clothing production in Europe and America.


1) “After all, a woman didn’t leave much behind to show that she had been there. Even the children she bore and raised received their father’s name. But her quilts, now it was something she could pass on. Sandra dallas

2) “I am sure that a sewing machine would alleviate as much human suffering as a hundred insane asylum, and perhaps much more” – Margaret Atwood, alias Grace.

3) “The fabrics don’t make exquisite dresses, it’s the stitches” -― Treasure Stitches

Representative image Photo: Pixabay

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