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FOCUS: A Brief History of the Sewing Machine by Anna Ryan of www.funkydivadesigns.com


Everyone who knows me will also know that I am a fabric addict. It’s a pretty serious addiction that costs a lot of money and unfortunately, there isn’t a known cure for it! Only my closest friends know about my obsession with sewing machines.


I own eleven beautiful machines - from a 1909 Singer ‘hand crank’ to a computerised Elna that has been my constant companion for 13 years. I even have an original Singer pedal table waiting to be restored.


My huge collection of sewing machines is borne partly from being a sewing teacher, travelling across Gloucestershire with a boot full of sewing machines to classes, and also from a fascination with the beauty of sewing machines and their development.


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The sewing machine has a long and varied history, with the very first designed in 1790 by an Englishman called Thomas Saint. His design was patented but a working model of the machine doesn’t exist. It wasn’t until 1830 that the first sewing machines were used in France by


tailor Barthélemy Thimonnier, who patented a design for a chain stitch machine. All 30 of his machines were destroyed in a fire begun by rioting tailors afraid of losing their livelihood.


More sewing machines were


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