Since today is National Sewing Machine Day, maybe I should spend some time sewing. I do need to mend a cat bed, a shirt, a pair of jeans and a chair seat. Sounds like a good plan. I had a good day yesterday when I finished my fathers popcorn & snack bag for Fathers Day. I’ll share pictures later this week. Maybe I’m finally getting into the swing of things again.
*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.
Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790. It was intended 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. The London Science Museum currently owns Wilson’s model.
- Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine in 1832.
- John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States in 1842.