Industrial Revolution Project

By: Anastassia Smith

The Sewing Machine

Elias Howe Jr. was the original inventor of the sewing machine and William Thomas made improvements on the sewing machine. A sewing machine stitches materials together using a needle and thread. The sewing machine made the mass manufacture of reasonably priced ready-made clothing, the sewing machine relieved many women of one of their most demanding, time-consuming domestic chores--manually sewing all of the family's clothing. The first sewing machine was made in New Hartford, Connecticut, on September 10, 1846. The sewing machine was made because clothing was made by hand, families sewed their pants, shirts, and dresses using a needle and thread. The sewing machine is important, because it relieved women of manually sewing all of the family’s clothing.

Elias Howe Jr.

Questions:

Who is the inventor? Is there a second inventor who made improvements on the original invention?
Elias Howe Jr. & William Thomas
How does the invention work?
A sewing machine stitches materials together using a needle and thread.
What is the purpose of the invention?
Because it made possible the mass manufacture of reasonably priced ready-made clothing, the sewing machine relieved many women of one of their most demanding, time-consuming domestic chores--manually sewing all of the family's clothing.
Where did the invention occur?
In New Hartford, Connecticut.
When did the invention occur?
September 10, 1846
Why was there a need for this invention?
Clothing was made by hand, families sewed their pants, shirts, and dresses using a needle and thread
Why is this invention important in history?
Relieved women of manually sewing all of the family’s clothing.

Bibliography:

"Sewing machine." World of Invention. Gale, 2006. Student Resources in Context. Web. 4 Feb. 2014.

http://www.bing.com/search?q=where+sewing+machine+invention&src=ie9tr

http://inventors.about.com/od/hstartinventors/a/Elias_Howe.htm