Original Singer sewing machine, 1854.
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Original Singer sewing machine, 1854.

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Description

Made by Singer, this machine is an improved single-thread chain-stitch machine. Isaac Merritt Singer (1811-1875) designed the first practical sewing machine in Boston, Masachusetts, United States in 1850, and in 1853 founded the Singer Manufacturing Company. Singer was sued by Elias Howe (1819-1867) for infringement of patent for his use of the Howe needle. However, despite having to pay compensation, this machine ensured succes for the Singer company. The machine was packed in a box, which also served as a stand.
 

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