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Thomas lock-stitch sewing machine, c 1853.

Thomas lock-stitch sewing machine, c 1853.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


William Thomas, who first patented Elias Howe's sewing machine in the UK in 1846, patented his own lock-stitch machine in 1853. The slotted wooden table employed on this sewing machine can be removed for sewing narrow parts of garments such as sleeves.

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