Copy of Thimonnier's chain-stitch sewing machine, 1830

1830 in Paris
Copy of Thimonnier's chain-stitch sewing machine, 1830 (sewing machines)

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Copy of Barthelemy Thimonnier's chain stitch sewing machine, first invented in 1830.

The chain-stitch sewing machine invented by Barthelemy Thimonnier (1793-1857), a French tailor, was the first to achieve any practical success. The machine shown here is a copy of an early machine made in accordance with his patent. It is a chain-stitch machine which imitates tambour embroidery. The thread is drawn by a barbed needle from a reel below the table, through the cloth to form a chain-stitch on the upper surface of the fabric. His later machines were different in some respects and did not have a fly-wheel. By 1830, Thimonnier had 80 machines at work in a Paris workshop making army clothing, but these were destroyed in 1831 by a mob of tailors who felt that the invention would endanger their livelihood.


Textiles Machinery
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wood, steel and brass
overall: 1330 mm x 1020 mm x 450 mm,
sewing machines
Potter, Charles A.