A 1790's patent by the English cabinetmaker Thomas Saint promised to stitch boots and do quilting but was probably never made. Tangible success did not come until the Thimmonier machine patented in 1830 which was used for making French army uniforms in his shop a decade later. The mqachine was destroyed by angry tailors fearing for their livelihoods. The American, Elias Howe, Junior drew on earlier discoveries to develop what is regarded as the modern machine. It was subsequently refined by Isaac Singer of New York and in 1851 he patented and gave his name to, the ubiquitous brand of sewing machine. It is generally held that the sewing machine was the first domestic mechanical aid to be mass-produced.
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