Sewing Machine

For over 20,000 years, sewing was an art form performed strictly - and painstakingly - by hand; it was not until the 1700s the technology began to be developed to enable mechanical sewing. The development of this technology saw many failures over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries, with a successful design finally being launched by French inventor Barthélemy Thimonnier in 1829. Thimmonier's designs were improved by infamous American entrepreneur Isaac Singer, founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. By the late 1800s, mechanical sewing machines had become fit for domestic use rather than just industrial; this development was followed by the release of the electric sewing machine Singer Sewing Co. in 1889. Today, antique cast-iron Singer sewing machine tables are popular features pieces in the home.