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Superseding the seamstress: the invention of the sewing machine

Lecture

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In 1850-1875 the sewing machine went from a curiosity to an aid in millions of homes, revolutionising the work of the seamstress and tailor. This came from innovations in interchangeable manufacture, machine tool technology, marketing and patent law.

Date and Time

23 April 2014 - 10:30-12:00

Location

Portsmouth, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the Solent local network.


About this event


By 1800, all the processes in the production of cloth were carried out in large mills but, making cloth into clothes was entirely a hand process. In the period 1850-1875 the sewing machine went from a curiosity to an aid in millions of homes, revolutionising the work of the seamstress and tailor. This rapid rise came from important innovations in interchangeable manufacture, machine tool technology, marketing and patent law. By 1875, it was a mature industry and in the United Kingdom sewing machine companies evolved into the manufacture of bicycles, railway equipment, motor cycles and motor cars.

Speaker


Martin Gregory

Programme


10:00 - Refreshments
10:30 - Lecture starts

Additional information


The lecture will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting of the Solent Network Retired Members Section.

Contact: Solent Network Retired Members Section Secretary

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