historic sewing

Women Judged Too Inept to Operate Sewing Machines

In July of 1845, inventor Elias Howe sewed the first two suits ever made on a sewing machine, one for himself and one for his business partner George Fishher.

Thirteen years passed, and several fledgling companies manufactured sewing machines designed exclusively for the garment industry. No labor-savings appliances existed in the American home, and the very concept of such a device remained completely unknown to the typical family.

In 1858, Isaac Singer, the first to realize he couldn't sell machines to an industry that obviously didn't want them, put his energies into producing the world's