The sewing machine has played an essential role in our history since the late 1800's when the first commercial sewing machine was invented and went into production.
There are now hundreds of types and models available for sewing everything from clothing and home decor to quilts, upholstery, leather goods, and so much more.
So what better way to celebrate the invaluable sewing machine than by honoring it with a special day - National Sewing Machine Day on June 13!
The First Sewing Machine Design
Starting as an idea developed for stitching leather and canvas, the first true sewing machine design was developed by cabinet and furniture maker Thomas Saint and patented in 1790.
It was a larger machine than what is more commonly seen now; however, there is no actual evidence of it having been built and used.
Only Saint’s drawings and designs were later rediscovered in 1874 by William Newton Wilson and turned into an actual working model.
This machine is kept in the London Science Museum.
More Defunct Sewing Machine Designs
After Saint’s machine, a number of other sewing machines were developed that failed as projects.
These included one machine designed in 1814 by Australian tailor, Josef Madersperger that failed to be developed to completion and another designed in 1829 by Barthelemy, a French tailor whose sewing machine factory was burned down by his employees who feared the machines would make their jobs obsolete.
The First Commercially Produced Sewing Machines
The first sewing machine that actually made it to production was one designed by American Johnny Greenough in 1842, a machine that was built by Isaac Singer who founded the Singer Sewing Machine Company.
Though there was a dispute over patent ownership as the patent was actually registered to an Elias Howe, Singer eventually paid damages to Howe and was able to continue producing his models, the first ever commercially available sewing machines.
The Impact of the Sewing Machine
When commercial sewing machines became available, this had a huge impact on not just economic development but on family life as well.
Overall, sewing machines took the duties of hand-making clothing away from housewives who could then spend their time doing other things which also drove down the cost of garment production.
Industrial factory machines like Janome sewing machines eventually sped up the clothing and apparel production industry to the point where garments took mere minutes to complete as opposed to the hours of hand stitching that was required generations ago.
As such, the sewing machine has easily become one of the critical scientific developments of modern times.
Celebrate National Sewing Machine Day!
With so much history behind it and having played such an important role in the industrialization of the world, the sewing machine definitely deserves its own holiday of recognition.
Whether you use a basic Janome 2212 or own an advanced or specialty machine, celebrate National Sewing Machine Day by letting everyone know you sew!
Tweet and tag #NationalSewingMachineDay on your social media updates, post photos of your latest projects, and start a discussion with other sewists as well as those who want to learn.
Best of all, observe National Sewing Machine Day by setting aside some time to sit in front of your Janome sewing machine and stitch away!