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An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

The sewing machine

The sewing machine

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The sewing machine

Detail of a Singer electric sewing machine. TM35901. Foto: Anna Gerdén.

The sewing machine

Detail of a sewing machine manufactured in Sweden in the beginning of 1870s. TM7674. Foto: Anna Gerdén.

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The sewing machine

In 1830 the French tailor, Bartholomé Thimonnier, took out a patent on the first functioning sewing machine. But the 80 that were made were destroyed by angry sewing workers and Thimonnier died penniless.

But the sewing machine came back again, this time as an American version. Today it is one of the most widespread innovations. A sewing machine for home use manages 1,000 stitches a minute, while an industrial machine can sew up to 9,000 stitches per minute.

A sewing machine sews using two threads, an upper thread and a lower thread. The upper thread makes a loop, which the lower thread goes through. The thread is then pulled so that a stitch is formed. The sewing machine´s feeder then moves the fabric forwards, and then goes onto the next stitch.

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