The Spinning Jenny

The Spinning Jenny

The spinning jenny is attributed to James Hargreaves. He was born inOswaldtwistle, near Blackburn, around 1720. Blackburn was a town with a population of about 5,000, known for the production of "Blackburn greys," cloths of linen warp and cotton weft. They were usually sent to London to be printed.


At the time, cotton production could not keep up with demand, and Hargreaves spent some time considering how to improve the process. The flying shuttle had increased yarn demand by the weavers by doubling their productivity,[citation needed] and now the spinning jenny could supply that demand by increasing the spinners' productivity even more. The machine produced coarse thread.