sewing machine, 1950s

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Creator Sullivan, Shirley, (Mrs.)
Title sewing machine, 1950s
Published Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver
Identifier 69078
Language English
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Contributor Museum of Vancouver
Description 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
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