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After Elias Howe invented the first American-Patented sewing machine (in 1846) and Isaac Singer built the first commercially successful sewing machine (during the 1850s), the time-consuming and laborious task of sewing garments became faster and easier. High quality clothing could be produced quickly and at minimal expense. Therefore, the first sewing machines were used in garment factories, where they were a key element of the industrial revolution.
Sewing machines are designed to operate with a loop stitch. The simplest loop stitch is the chain stitch, which can be sewn quickly but can come undone easily. The chain stitch works well for temporary stitching, but most sewing machines utilize a different loop stitch, called the lock-stitch, which is sturdier and more durable. The lock-stitch is created by means of a shuttle hook and bobbin assembly, wherein the stitching mechanism pulls a loop of thread around another length of thread as it unspools from a bobbin.
Today, built-in computers and monitor displays are available on high-end sewing machines. The computers drive the machines precisely, and computer programs can store different stitches internally. These machines can also download patterns from a computer or the Internet. Most of these machines sew a variety of buttonhole patterns and an array of stretch stitches. Many have presser feet that allow you to do a wide variety of edges, tucks, and trim applications. Some of these high-end machines also feature quilting and embroidery stitches.
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If you have never used a sewing machine, take a few lessons to learn how it works. Before you know it, you will be operating your sewing machine with ease! For those of you who are experienced sewers, check out the new models offered by the sewing machine manufacturers listed below.
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