historic sewing

The Invention Of Sewing Zips, Velcro & Other Fasteners

In 1849, American Walter Hunt invented what he called the miracle fastener. We no know it as the safety pin. This was followed by another American invention, also called the miracle fastener. We call it the snap fastener.  
Whitcomb Judson decided to solve what he colourfully called gaposis. In 1893, he patented the Clasp Lock, shown on the left. In all likelihood, his reference to gaposis came along some time after he acquired his original patent. Instead of aiming at eliminating gaposis, Judson designed his clasp lock, which was a complicated and not very durable hook-and-eye fastener...