As a sewing enthusiast, you probably already know a lot about selecting fabrics and threads, several types of machine stitches and hand stitches, and how to select and perform maintenance of your sewing machine. Yes, you know a lot about sewing, so let's go ahead and add more to your reservoir of sewing knowledge. Sewing machine reviews introduce you to fun and interesting facts and anecdotes about sewing that you may not know yet.
- A hand embroidery machine was invented by Josue Heilmann about 20 years BEFORE Isaac Singer's sewing machine was patented in 1846.
- Sewing is the first form of textile art. It was practiced by Stone Age peoples even before the invention of weaving.
- The first sewing threads came from various parts of the animal body such as sinew, gut and even veins.
- The first needles used in the Stone Age were animal bones and ivory.
- The findings suggest that fabrics/textiles made from dyed linen fibers have existed since around 34,000 BCE.
- China is the largest producer and exporter of fabrics, followed by India, Italy, Germany and Bangladesh.
- There are 25 types of hand stitching documented as of 2017.
- It was said that Singer ordered a buyback program for the original cast iron Singer machines and they were deliberately destroyed with sledgehammers. The reason being that the original machines are so durable and could last hundreds of years and be passed down from generation to generation, this would saturate the sewing machine market and the opportunities for new sales would be very slim.
- When buttons for clothing were invented, only wealthy women could afford them. This is why early women's clothing featured buttons designed on the left side of the garment, making them more accessible to servants who helped them dress.
- Zippers were originally manufactured/invented for footwear such as shoes and boots in 1893. Soon after, the technology was adapted and used on clothing as well.
I hope you enjoyed learning these sewing facts and trivia as much as I did. I'd also love to hear what you know, leave us a comment if you have any more weird sewing facts you want to share.
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