September is National Sewing Month and we’re excited to share the love and craft of sewing with you. The craft of sewing has come a long way over the years, and we want to celebrate by sharing fun facts with you about sewing and sewing machines.
Fun facts about sewing
Create and Craft loves the joy of sewing. So to celebrate, we’ve compiled some fun facts and history about sewing and sewing machines. Let’s take a look!
Invention of the sewing machine
Elias Howe invented the sewing machine in 1846. Because of this invention, he helped start the technological, industrial, and social revolution of sewing. Creating this machine sped up industrialization across the globe. Due to its popularity, it led to companies and mass producing garments for retail.
The Cult of Domesticity
Sewing always had its place in the home, but the sewing machine brought new life to the craft and the middle class. As a result, it helped create The Cult of Domesticity and progressed middle-class women and their use of technology. Also, sewing machines were more widely available than typewriters or automobiles, making it a symbol of the modern era.
National Sewing Month
National Sewing Month began in 1982 when President Ronald Reagan named September as National Sewing Month to honor sewing in the home and the United States. As a result, people celebrate sewing every September and all year round in the world of crafting.
Sewing machine timeline
The Mill Museum has a timeline that showcases the journey of the sewing machine. Check out the events below to see a snapshot of sewing’s history from 1755 to 1900!
1755: Charles Wiesenthal invents double-pointed needle for hand sewing.
1826: Henry Lye patents a machine that stitches together the ends of leather belting for machines.
1830: Bathelemy Thimonnier invents a wheel-driven embroidering machine that uses a needle with a hook at the pointed end.
1834: Walter Hunt patents a crude, unworkable sewing machine that employs two strands of thread, one carried by a needle with an eye in the pointed end, the other driven by a shuttle.
1846: Elias Howe patents first practical sewing machine.
1849: Benjamin Wilson invents an automatic feeding system.
1851: Isaac Singer patents and begins manufacturing the first sewing machine fit for home use.
1854: Allen Wilson invents an improved reciprocating shuttle.
1855: Allen Wilson and Nathaniel Wheeler begin manufacturing sewing machines with rotary hooks rather than shuttles.
1856: Following loss of patent infringement lawsuit to Howe, Singer joins with Howe, Wilson & Wheeler, and Grover & Baker to organize Patent Combine to monopolize sewing machine production for 1860s and 1870s.
1889: Singer Company introduces first practical electric sewing machine.
1900: Singer Company claims 80% of global sewing machine Sales.
Get into sewing
Finally, grab some thread and your sewing machine and craft something amazing this September for National Sewing Month. Also, Don’t forget to visit Create and Craft for sewing supplies and watch our program guide for deals on sewing machines and supplies!
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