It’s National Sewing Machine Day!
Did you know that?
I didn’t know until I read it this morning on the news --
Celebrated 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 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.
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.
- Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine in 1832.
- John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States in 1842.
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 along with numerous other sewing machine-made items.
Quilters across America are known as sewing machine experts! SourceSo I am thrilled that we get to celebrate our love the sewing machine together with Quilt Cam today!
I’ve brought Barbie out to play – feeling PINK!
Oiled, cleaned, new needle, wound bobbins AND set her seam allowance by test sewing together a couple of 2” squares. Yep! It reaches 3.5” so I am good to sew!
I tell you, I had to really THINK on what I could quickly throw together today. Where did I last leave off on the LAST UFO??
I’m not sure which trip I was on when I ran out of pre-cut turquoise pieces. But it’s been a while! I cut some more, and I am ready to finish up the last 6 blocks before I can think of how I want to set this quilt together.
Barbie is a badged MODERN machine, Made in Japan sometime in the 1950s. She is straight stitch only, but full of style!
Get a load of her nobs…
And who doesn’t like a pink machine??
Ready to sew with me? Click the arrow on the screen below to start the feed!