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Machine Embroidery Memory – Gail Harker

July 7, 2016

How far does your memory reach back when you think about domestic sewing machines ? Most people know the sewing machine for the ability to stitch  clothes or to make a myriad of other items used in a household. We take it for granted that the domestic sewing machine always stitched with 2 threads that interlock to form secure stitches.   One of the first sewing machines was actually developed not to sew items together but to decoratively apply chain stitch on fabric – copying the tambour artists of 18th C times.  In 1755 Charles Weisenthal was granted patent #701 to facilitate sewing for an improved method of embroidery. It was in 1830 that Thimmonier, a French tailor patented a machine that worked with one thread and a needle that made a chain stitch.   In the first French sewing machine company in France he had 80 sewing machines set up to make army uniforms.   The results were not only unpopular with the army (chain stitches unravel easily) but with the tailors who destroyed the machines.   The quest to develop two very different sewing machines began about this point in time. I’ll stop there – to continue another time –  as the story is long and extensive.  

It is fascinating to me that we are still using sewing machines to create art work or embroidery in 2016 in a similar but different way than our ancestors. Our 5 day class Experimental Machine Stitch 101 is coming up Oct. 1 to 5th, take a look at the expanded description of the course by clicking here. It is good news to know that you can use most any old or new machine to get spectacular results. For those who want more after this class there is a following course titled:   The Art of Machine Embroidery . Have a look at those links. If you would like to see other blogs about Machine Embroidery look under Categories on the right of the screen and scroll down to Level 1 Certificate in Experimental Machine Stitch or down further to Machine Embroidery

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