A modern sewing machine (Huskystar)

A sewing machine can greatly decrease the amount of time to sew your own clothes or other items. Sewing used to be a major household activity. Clothes, bedding, linens, toys and other household items were hand-sewn.

Some specialized sewing machines are designed to work with heavy fabrics such as denim or upholstery. Other machines can be programmed to sew special patterns, decorative stitches for appliqués or embroidery.

Isaac Singer's 1854 Patent Model For Improvements To His Sewing Machine At The National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC)

Isaac Singer's 1854 patent model for improvements to his sewing machine at the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC)


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