History of Industrial Sewing Machine Development
In 1790, St. Thomas in England invented a single-thread chain stitch hand sewing machine for sewing boots and shoes. This sewing machine was made of wood as part of the body and made of metal materials. It was the first sewing machine that appeared in the world.
In 1841, Timonier of France designed and manufactured a practical double-thread chain stitch sewing machine;
In 1846, Howe of the United States obtained the patent for the curved lock stitch sewing machine, with a sewing speed of 300 needles per minute, and the efficiency was higher than that of five manual seamstresses;
In 1851, American mechanical worker Singer independently designed and manufactured the Singer sewing machine with a sewing speed of 600 needles per minute, and obtained a US patent in 1853. Since then, sewing machines have been widely used in production, and gradually added functions such as button sewing, buttonholes, reinforcement, and embroidery.
In 1975, the United States invented a household multifunctional sewing machine controlled by a microcomputer. The development of professional industrial sewing machines is more extensive, and the sewing speed is getting higher and higher. For example, overlock sewing machines have reached 10,000 stitches per minute.
In 1979, the total output of sewing machines in the world reached 15,885,000 units, of which China produced 5,870,000 units, making it the country with the highest output of sewing machines in the world.