Singer Sewing Machine, 1881

Summary

Before the sewing machine, making clothing was a time-consuming task. By hand, sewing a shirt took about 14 hours; with a machine, a little over an hour. Isaac Singer developed the first practical sewing machine for home use in the 1850s. Yet it was the Singer company's marketing strategies--an installment plan, advertising aimed at women, and foreign sales-- that would be its greatest innovation.

Before the sewing machine, making clothing was a time-consuming task. By hand, sewing a shirt took about 14 hours; with a machine, a little over an hour. Isaac Singer developed the first practical sewing machine for home use in the 1850s. Yet it was the Singer company's marketing strategies--an installment plan, advertising aimed at women, and foreign sales-- that would be its greatest innovation.

Artifact

Sewing machine (Equipment)

Date Made

1881

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Made in America

Object ID

31.765.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Dimensions

Height: 39.25 in

Width: 35 in

Depth: 16.75 in

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