Inventions...what one is at the top of your list??? The refrigerator? Cell phones? The wheel?? Or maybe sliced bread!!...lol
What invention has made your life easier or that you feel is really important or cool? Then look up something on it and share. For me it's the sewing machine. I was a bit shocked when I looked it up. From about
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"The first functional sewing machine was invented by the French tailor, Barthelemy Thimonnier, in 1830. Thimonnier's machine used only one thread and a hooked needle that made the same chain stitch used with embroidery. The inventor was almost killed by an enraged group of French tailors who burnt down his garment factory because they feared unemployment as a result of his new invention."
Wow, great folks, eh? But from there on it didn't improve. Most notable among Mr. Hunt, Elias Howe and Mr. Singer patent wars broke out! Each would sue the guy after them who stole part of their ideas they had patented and they all won. It was a real joke and this was in the mid 1800's.
Here are a few other stray facts of interest...
Elias Howe died in 1867, the year his patent expired.
Other Historical Moments in the History of the Sewing Machine
On June 2, 1857, James Gibbs patented the first chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine.
Zig-zag Stitch Machine
Helen Augusta Blanchard of Portland, Maine (1840-1922) patented the first zig-zag stitch machine in 1873. The zig-zag stitch better seals the edges of a seam, making a garment sturdier. Helen Blanchard also patented 28 other inventions including a hat-sewing machine, surgical needles, and other improvements to sewing machines.
The first mechanical sewing machines were used in garment factory production lines. It was not until 1889 that a sewing machine for use in the home was designed and marketed. By 1905, the electrically-powered sewing machine was in wide use.
What invention do you find interesting?
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