In 1790 Thomas Saint took out a patent on a machine for sewing leather. Though he probably made only an experimental model, it was the first ever sewing machine. In 1850 Isaac Merritt Singer, whose name was to become almost synonymous with sewing machines, made his first machine. Singer combined technical ability with marketing flair, but he did not lack capable rivals. As a result the manufacture and use of sewing machines grew rapidly in North America and Europe, including Britain. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Sewing machines have been part of Carol Head's life for many years. As a textile teacher (now retired) she taught boys and girls how to use and enjoy twentieth-century machines with great success.This Jones, lock-stitch machine was manufactured by William Jones of Guide Bridge, Manchester, who patented the design in 1879. ... the Parkinson, both made by the Royal Sewing Machine Company, Birmingham: and the Sellers Seamstress, made in Keighley. tachments. ... Singer opened his first overseas factory in Glasgow in 1867 and fifteen years later built a larger factory at Kilbowie, Clydebank.
|Title||:||Old Sewing Machines|
|Publisher||:||Osprey Publishing - 1982|