Sewing Machines Have Changed the World

Imagine sitting every night beside a dim candle.  The only light you have comes from that dim candle and/or the fire blazing in the fireplace.  You’re not just sitting though, you’re sewing.  Night after night you push that tiny needle through layers of fabric.  If you don’t sew, your family may be cold when winter comes.  You’ve heard about the new invention that could change the sewing world forever, but it’s only a fantasy to you.  There’s no way you could afford something like that, so you work on.  Every once in a while you’re able to go to town for some shopping.  This time, as you go by the tailor’s shop, you see a new dress hanging by the window.  You go inside to look and the tailor tells you that he now has one of those new sewing machines.  He lets you see it, and once again you are in awe when he tells you it can cut 14-15 hours of sewing time down to 1 hour.  Later that night, you go home and once again sit by that dim candle, sewing.  As you push that little needle through layers of fabric, you wish for one of those sewing machines.

The sewing machine was something that many pioneer women longed to own.  We can look back at it now, while we sit in our comfy chairs, under lights that brighten the darkest corners of a room, and sew on far fancier electric sewing machines than they could have even imagined, and that can do far more than the ones that are sitting in museums.  Now, almost anyone can own a sewing machine.  Less than 200 years ago the sewing world was revolutionized by this invention.  Let’s be thankful for what we have, and wonder what will be invented next…

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3 thoughts on “Sewing Machines Have Changed the World

  1. Ulla Cinnamon says:

    When we came to Canada in 1954 my Mom bought a tredel sewing machine for $50.00. She sew lots of clothes on that one also jackets with fur trim. Bent had trapped beaver and racoon and tanned the hides. Every year for the Christmas concert at school she would take apart donated clothing and sew me the most beautiful dresses. I only ever wore them for that one occasion as we never went anywhere to dress up. I remember helping her piece them together using pattern ideas from a book and then creating our own design. She was a very skilled perfectionist seamstress. I also learned to sew on that sewing machine and sewed Mom’s outfit, my going away suit and part of my wedding dress on that machine. Our friend thought she would help me with the wedding dress and brought a borrowed electric sewing machine to help out. I sewed for the girls when they were little, also for myself. I am glad that my Mom was very strict and didn’t allow for sloppy workmanship.

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