June 13th is National Sewing Machine Day
Today is National Sewing Machine Day. I wanted to take this day to honor this amazing invention! I did not always love my sewing machine as I ought. In fact I am pretty sure that I have cursed my machine once or twice – probably while trying to sew “jersey knit” fabric.
In 1790, an English cabinet-maker and inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for the design of a sewing machine. He originally designed it to be used on leather and canvas. As far as we know, he didn’t ever build it. In 1874, William Newton Wilson found his drawings in the London Patent Office. Wilson made adjustments and built a working model which is owned today by the London Science Museum.
This amazing invention made sewing faster which gave homemakers more time and eventually led to industrialization which lowered the costs of clothing. I can’t imagine how tiring it must have been to have to sew everything by hand!
Today the sewing machine allows us to create custom clothing and home decor’, make costumes for our kids’ plays and for Halloween.
My first machine helped me make the curtains for my kitchen and the costumes for a neighborhood live Nativity at Christmas. My current machine has been with me through my children’s 4-H club, Drama Club and on into my daughter’s years in film production design. It’s warm colors cheered me during those late nights of trying to learn french seams!
It was there for me through my apron addiction.
And somehow we made it through making red riding hood’s cape out of that cheap satin I got on sale! (Oh why is it always the satin that is on sale!?)
My sewing machine is about to have its own well deserved sewing spot at last.
We have had 13 good years of sewing together and I look forward to many more years to come!
Thank you sewing machine, and thank you Thomas Saint & William Wilson for putting your amazing idea to work and making our lives more productive and creative!