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This archived content is from Mary Wilkins’ sewing and quilting message board “Sew What’s New,” which was retired in August 2007. It is being provided by “Sew What’s Up,” which serves as the new home for many members of “Sew What’s New.”
From: MaryW
Date: 06-16-2005, 10:15 AM (1 of 4)
Here is a bit of totally useless but interesting trivia.

The first functional sewing machine was invented by the French tailor,
Barthelemy Thimonnier, in 1830. Thimonnier's machine used only one
thread and a hooked needle that made the same chain stitch used with
embroidery. The inventor was almost killed by an enraged group of French
tailors who burnt down his garment factory because they feared
unemployment as a result of his new invention.

Feel free to add your own bits of sewing history.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: plrlegal
Date: 06-16-2005, 01:59 PM (2 of 4)
Little did the man know what kind of "monster" he had created. Women buy, sell and trade sewing machines today like men do cars. I mentioned to my DH just the other day that "IF" I were going to buy another sewing machine I would buy the Pfaff Hobby Grand Quilter. Needless to say, he almost had a stroke. So I patiently explained to him that I had said "IF". :nah:

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: Chrysantha
Date: 06-16-2005, 02:13 PM (3 of 4)
I haven't said anything to my husband about a new machine, yet...I'm waiting for the new Janome 11000 to come out. ( I would trade my 10000 in....I'm not a collector, yet)

The only trivia I know is Jeopardy type stuff... :wink:
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 06-16-2005, 05:19 PM (4 of 4)
I learned some trivia when I was trying to find the instructions for seminole patchwork for my class I'm taking to make a sweatshirt into a jacket.. I had a question on how to stitch my pieces together after cutting them. (from the loooong strips) Tried to find instr. on google and ask jeeves.. All I could find was where they were selling books on "how to".. But, I read on several sites that this art form was created when the sewing machine was first presented to the Seminoles..(in Florida).. Its the only quilt pattern or form or whatever created solely for doing on the sewing machine.. That was interesting to me..
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
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