National Sewing Machine Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, is celebrated annually on June 13. This day honors the invention of the sewing machine. It is hard to imagine having to sew things together by hand, stitch by stitch.
Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790. It was meant for leather and canvas, was never advertised and no evidence of it, other than his drawings, could be found. In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, made adjustments and built a working model. This model is currently owned by the London Science Museum.
Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine in 1832 and John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States in 1842.
Industrial use of the sewing machine reduced the burden that was placed upon housewives, moving clothing production from them and seamstresses to large-scale factories. This also resulted in a decrease in production time which caused the price of clothing to drop considerably. Of all the inventions created during the industrial revolution, the invention of the sewing machine had one of the largest impacts on the United States.
Today, many people are again becoming interested in the art of sewing and making their own clothing and draperies. Places like crafts fairs, flea markets, and Etsy sell beautiful sewing machine-made clothes along with numerous other sewing machine-made items.
At DrapeStyle we have been making our drapery by hand, right here in the USA since 2002. Nothing at DrapeStyle is “Ready Made”. The DrapeStyle way of making custom drapes takes a little more time, costs a little more money but we think it’s worth it. All of our drapes are made from the highest quality materials. And most importantly, each drape is handmade by a team of talented seamstresses that have an average of 25 years of experience making custom drapery.