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Classic Sewing Machines Show-and-Tell

The Martha Stewart Show, September September Fall 2007 2007

Ghandi called the sewing machine "one of the few useful things ever invented," and Martha has called the sewing machine "one of the greatest inventions of all time." But how did this great invention come to be?

Elias Howe Sewing Machine
Many men claim to have invented the first sewing machine, but the first sewing machine to be patented was one made by Elias Howe in 1844. His machine created a new stitch, called the lockstitch, where two separate threads -- one coming from the top and one from the bottom -- interlocked through the fabric. This machine was a great improvement over earlier devices, which sewed much weaker stitches that could be easily pulled apart. Over the years, many companies started making better and better sewing machines. One of the most successful and innovative brands, which is still hard at work today, is PFAFF.

1862 PFAFF Sewing Machine
The first PFAFF, which was made in Germany in 1862, was a heavy-duty machine made especially for craftsmen that could sew even leather.

1962 PFAFF Sewing Machine
A hundred years later, PFAFF introduced this new model, the first machine in the world to have both an upper and a lower dog feed to pull along both layers of fabric.

2007 PFAFF Sewing Machine
In 2007, PFAFF outdid itself with the creation of the PFAFF Creative Vision, the most advanced sewing and embroidery machine in the world. This machine has, hands down, the largest embroidery surface on the market.

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