Who Invented the Sewing Machine?

Who Invented the sewing machine? There were many attempts to invent and patent a working machine through the 14th to the 18th century. Unfortunately, most were unsuccessful. Find out how Elias Howe turned the manufacturing world upside down. 

The Story Behind the Sewing machine

Who invented the sewing machine

In the early 1800's, inventors went about designing a sewing machine with mild success, however, most of them did not pursue getting patents. The reason for this? They feared their invention would create unemployment in the tailoring industry.  So much so that workers in the tailoring industry set out to sabotage anyone that came up with a working mechanical machine. So much for squelching technology. They merely delayed things. 

However, in the mid 1800’s Elias Howe received the first American patent. Elias Howe was born in Massachusetts in the early 1800's. When he lost his job in a factory, he moved to Boston and started working as a machinist. This is where he began inventing a mechanical sewing machine.

After many years of working with the machine, he finally was able to present his invention to the public. Of course with any good idea, Elias Howe struggled to keep others from copying his work. 

In fact he had gone to England to market his invention, (unsuccessfully) only to return to the United States and found others had copied his machine and were reaping the benefits. 

Elias Howe would have none of it. He went to court to defend his patent and won. 

After many years of marketing struggles and court battles with Isaac Singer and anyone else that was cheating him, he eventually won the rights to share in the royalties. Elias Howe became a success. He became a millionaire two times over.

Elias Howe was born in Massachusetts in the early 1800's. When he lost his job in a factory, he moved to Boston and started working as a machinist. This is where he began inventing a mechanical sewing machine. 

After many years of working with the machine, he finally was able to present his invention to the public. Of course with any good idea, Elias Howe struggled to keep others from copying his work. 

In fact he had gone to England to market his invention, (unsuccessfully) only to return to the United States and found others had copied his machine and were reaping the benefits. 

Elias Howe would have none of it. He went to court to defend his patent and won. 

After many years of marketing struggles and court battles with Isaac Singer and anyone else that was cheating him, he eventually won the rights to share in the royalties. Elias Howe became a success. He became a millionaire two times over.

Though he wasn't the first to invent a sewing machine, he was the first to successfully create, and patent a working machine. I find it a shame to know that his name is not synonymous with the invention. You are more likely to think of Isaac Singer when you think of the sewing machines. However, Elias Howe won his right share in the profits and became financially wealthy from his invention. A just ending to a near tragic story I say.  

If you would like to know more about the invention of the sewing machine here are some great links to follow.

Sewing Machine - Wikipedia 
History About Sewing Machines 
Elias Howe- The Sewing Machine 
www.sewalot.com 
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