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Old Sewing Machines (Shire Album) [Paperback]

Carol Head
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1 Mar 2004 Shire album (Book 84)
In 1790, Thomas Saint took out a patent on a machine for sewing leather. Though he probably made only an experimental model, it was the first ever sewing machine. The key to producing a successful sewing machine is that its needle, unlike the needle in hand sewing, must not pass right through the material to form the stitch, because a continuous supply of thread is required. In 1807, Edward Chapman invented a machine using such a needle, with the point and the eye at the same end. By the middle of the nineteenth century, significant developments had been achieved in Europe and the United States, and in 1850, Isaac Merritt Singer, whose name was to become synonymous with sewing machines, made his first machine. Singer combined technical ability with marketing flair, but he did not lack capable rivals, among them Allen B. Wilson. As a result, the manufacture and use of sewing machines grew rapidly in North America and Europe, including Britain.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852635915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852635919
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.8 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 641,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

As a textile teacher (now retired) Carol Head taught boys and girls how to use and enjoy twentieth century machines with great success. Her interest in nineteenth-century machines began when she purchased a Willcox & Gibbs chain stitch machine. As her fascination for old sewing machines developed, she formed a collection and researched into early manufacturers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the professional 9 Mar 2012
I got this sweet little book for my sister for her birthday as she's a dressmaker, so for someone like her 'in the trade' it's great. But for someone like me who uses a sewing machine occasionally, it could do with a few colour photos to make it a bit more visually appealing (all the photos and drawings are in black and white). There's lots of writing that I have to admit I didn't really skim-read as it was a present, but like all Shire books I'm sure it's very interesting and informative and my sister will probably read it and be better informed about the history of the equipment she uses all the time. There's some really lovely old advertisments reproduced in there, and it's generally a lovely and charming little book. The lack of colour illustrations is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OLd Sewing Machines 14 Oct 2013
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This is a very informative book for those who are interested in old sewing machines. It is very well laid out. Excellent service.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed, but left me dangling for more... 2 Jan 2008
By Lady Carrie - Published on Amazon.com
Great reference for the oldest sewing machines only, ie from late 1700's to 1880's. If you want turn of the 20th century you're out of luck with this one. Nice pictures of the oldest machines. Describes their actions and functionality. Documents origins - Europe and America primarily. Note the number of pages (is a small, short book).
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5.0 out of 5 stars general 31 May 2013
By vicki - Published on Amazon.com
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great seller would buy from him again. the book was in good condition. and it shows pictures of the
old sewing machines
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