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The Invention of the Sewing Machine

Natasha Cribbs

Dr. Davis

United States History to 1876

11 March 2014

The Invention of the Sewing Machine

            Clothes are a huge part of life, culture, and style. Over time clothes have become easier to make, are more flamboyant in some areas of fashion, and help express a person’s individuality. The thing is, however, that clothes were not always so easy to make or design. Sewing machines have been a key in creating patterns, styles, sales, and more.

With the help of documents and research of older machines, it is shown that Elias Howe invented the first sewing machine. At that time, the sewing machine only made straight stitches and only done 250 of them per minute. Not only that, but it was also a hand cranked. It was kind of limited and did not have much commercial appeal at first, because of that.

There were two other men that helped the later production of the sewing machine; Isaac Singer and Allen Wilson. “Singer invented the up-and-down motion mechanism, and Wilson created a rotary hook shuttle.” (Inventor Elias Howe Was Born). With the improvements added and combined patents, the sewing machine was well on its way to becoming popular. It was not long before it was being commercially manufactured.

It was around the 1850’s when a huge amount of them were manufactured. Much like today, they were used for many things like creating shoes, books, clothing, and several home uses. On that note there was also, “an installment buying plan, which helped place sewing machines in most middle-class households,”(Kennedy).

Several aspects of manufacturing, clothing, and style would likely be different if the sewing machine was never invented. There are so many inventions that are not as popular of a topic, like light bulbs, but many are still very important, as well as those who invented them.

 

 

 

Work Cited

“Inventor Elias Howe Was Born.” America’s Story. The Library of Congress, n.d. Web. 11 Mar.    2014.

Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen, and Mel Piehl. “The Invention of the Sewing Machine.”     The Brief American Pageant: A History of the Republic. Boston, MA: Wadsworth     Cengage Learning, 2012. 213. Print.

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