The Sewing Machine

By: Lily Sallfors

The first sewing machine was created to mass produce uniforms for the French army.

This industrial-changing invention was first created by Barthélemy Thimonnier of France in 1841 (although others were credited for creating other versions of the machine). His machine was proved to be successful, but rioting tailors destroyed every single sewing machine created to keep from taking away their work.

How It Works:

A hooked needle passes through the cloth and then catches a thread located underneath the fabric. When the needle moves upwards, it brings a loop of thread above the fabric. A repetition of this cycle produces another loop that links with the first loop, resulting in a chain stitch.

(This process of stitching was the common stitch used at the time when Thimonnier created the sewing machine).

The Purpose of This Invention:

The purpose of the invention is to stitch material (such as cloth or leather) together.

Where It Was Created:

Thimonnier created the machine in France.

The reson for the machine's creation:

Thimonnier was one of the many tailors that helped to sew French army clothing during that point in time.
Thimonnier works with an assistant.
The sewing machine was important to history because it helped to speed up production of fabric material products, therefore contributing to the Industrial Revolution.