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|Creator||Sullivan, Shirley, (Mrs.)|
|Title||sewing machine, 1950s|
|Published||Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver|
|Contributor||Museum of Vancouver|
American Isaac Merrit Singer (1811-1875) invented the first
practical domestic sewing machine around 1850. His machine, which made continuous and curved stitching possible, revolutionized sewing practices, enabling women to make professional looking garments in their own homes. By 1860 the Singer Manufacturing Company was the largest producer of sewing machines in the world. Singer introduced the first electric sewing machine in 1885; by 1910 they were being mass produced. The company also pioneered the installment plan, profoundly altering the buying habits of the public.
Many girls first learned to sew on small machines that were
similar to those their mothers used. This miniature sewing
machine, which is operated with a hand crank, was made by the Singer Manufacturing Company, the world's largest producer of sewing machines, during the 1950s.
a)light brown plastic and metal sewing machine;hand crank table model;b)brown iron clamp for attaching machine to table