Happy National Sewing Machine Day!
I know I have used this photo before, but it just makes me smile every time I see it and it is so appropriate today!
Here is the explanation of this national holiday:
Observed annually on June 13 is National Sewing Machine Day. This day honors the invention of the sewing machine. It is hard to imagine having to sew things together by hand, stitch by stitch. (Really?) Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790. It was meant for leather and canvas, was never advertised and no evidence of it, other than his drawings, could be found. In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, made adjustments and built a working model. This model is currently owned by the London Science Museum.
- Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine in 1832.
- John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States in 1842.
Industrial use of the sewing machine reduced the burden that was placed upon housewives, moving clothing production from them and seamstresses to large-scale factories. This also resulted in a decrease in production time which caused the price of clothing to drop considerably.
Today, many people are again becoming interested in the art of sewing and making their own clothing. Crafts fairs and flea markets are filled with booths full of beautiful sewing machine-made clothes and craft items.
Quilters across America are known as sewing machine experts!
I think we all might agree with that last sentence!
I hope you get to spend some quality time with your best buddy...
I plan on spending some time with Bernie when I get home from work today. Ahhh...
Lucy will be joining me for some quality 'machine time'
I love that photo of Lucy too. We quilters do love and appreciate our sewing machines. I wandered into the Bernina dealer's shop not too long ago and was very impressed with the 770. Are you loving your new Bernie?ReplyDelete
I had no ides that there was a sewing machine day and yesterday was the first day for ages I did not go on one of my machines! Will re,member next june 13thReplyDelete
Oh I used to love watching her shows!!! Happy memories.ReplyDelete