Example of original pattern Singer sewing machine of 1851, made c. 1853.

Made:
1851-1855 in Boston
maker:
I M Singer and Company
and
Singer Manufacturing Company

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An example of the first Singer Lockstitch sewing machine model of 1851, by I. M. Singer and Company or the Singer Manufacturing Company, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, made about 1853.

This is an example of the first model of sewing machine marketed by Isaac Merritt Singer (1811-1875), the first sewing machine to achieve commercial success. Four individual features of the design were new, and Singer was obliged to pay compensation to Elias Howe (1819-1867) for infringement of his patent of the use of a needle with the eye near the point. These heavy machines were designed for commerical, rather than domestic, use. Many were supplied in a wooden packing case which could then be used as a bench.

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Category:
Textiles Machinery
Object Number:
1892-135
Materials:
cast iron, wrought iron
type:
sewing machines
credit:
Singer Manufacturing Co.
status:
Permanent collection

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