Do you know when was Sewing Machine invented? Do you know who invented the Sewing machine? Do you know that the inventor of Sewing machine and the inventor of Zipper is the same person?
Well, the answer for all the questions are here. Elias Howe Jr., born on July 9, 1819, invented the sewing machine in 1845. In 1846, Howe was awarded as the first United states patent for a sewing machine which was designed using Lockstitch.
The amazing trivia of behind his invention of machine is that Howe got the radical idea of putting the eye of the needle at its tip, instead of the heel in a dream.
Things that seem weird at first are the things that create history, such is the story of Sewing machine invention. No person in United States was willing to buy his machine, so his brother travelled to England who managed to sell the machine for 250 Pounds. Howe’s historic work doesn’t end at Sewing machines. He also invented the Zipper, that made the second patent for his name in 1951.
He started a factory on the banks of the Pequonnock River in 1863. The factory produced as many as 400 sewing machines a day. He had his own dock for shipping to and from New york. In 1873, Howe’s son Benjamin Porter Howe sold ‘The Howe Sewing Machine Co’ factory and name, to ‘The Howe Machine Co’, which merged the two companies together. Elias’s sewing machine won the gold medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1867, and that same year he was awarded the Légion d’honneur by Napoleon III for his invention.
Elias Howe Jr., died at 48, on Oct. 3, 1867, due to a massive blood clot. As he had two patent in his name Howe was tributed with a 5-cent stamp in the famous American Inventors series issued October 14, 1940. In 2004, he was introduced into the United States National Inventors Hall of Fame.