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1845 - Elias Howe's original sewing machine

1845 - Elias Howe's original sewing machine

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Elias Howe's original sewing machine, 1845. This machine made a lock stitch by the combination of a curved, grooved, eye-pointed needle and shi=uttle action; cloth was held by a curved, resettable baster plate. Later taken by Howe to England to interest manufacturers in his invention.
Object Name
Sewing Machine
Date made
Howe, Jr., Elias
Howe, Jr., Elias
overall: 10 1/4 in x 8 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 26.035 cm x 22.225 cm x 13.97 cm
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Sewing Machines
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National Museum of American History
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