How sewing machines were born and how they work


The history of the sewing machine is long and complicated.

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Did you know that even the simplest t-shirts contain approximately 1000 stitches? Imagine having to sew it all by hand and you’ll see why we’re all so grateful for the invention of sewing machines.

But how were sewing machines born? Above all, the sewing was done by hand. In fact, the hand sewing is complete 20,000 years with the first bone sewing needles.

So how did we go from sewing by hand to using machines? Well, it’s a long and convoluted story that even involves a riot. Yes! You read that right: a riot.

It all started with the German Charles Weisenthal, who issued the very first patent related to mechanical sewing in 1755. It was a British patent for a needle for a sewing machine, but it did not include the rest of the machine.

The first real patent with a machine was actually issued in 1790 to Thomas Saint. However, reproductions of his patent turned out not to work. We told you that the story was complicated!

So when was the first real working sewing machine born? Why did this cause a riot and how do sewing machines actually work? These are all the questions we answer in this exciting video.


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