An illustration of three sets of hands performing various crafting tasks.

Busy Fingers

An illustration of three sets of hands performing various crafting tasks.

An illustration of a young girl sitting in in a ornately carved chair needle pointing.

Young Girl Needle Pointing

An illustration of a young girl sitting in in a ornately carved chair needle pointing.

Elias Howe's original model of the sewing machine.

Sewing Machine

Elias Howe's original model of the sewing machine.

A sewing machine is a textile machine used to stitch fabric or other material together with thread. Sewing machines were invented during the first Industrial Revolution to decrease the amount of manual sewing work performed in clothing companies.

Sewing Machine

A sewing machine is a textile machine used to stitch fabric or other material together with thread.…

A textile machine used as a home appliance for sewing

Sewing Machine

A textile machine used as a home appliance for sewing

A detail of a Singer sewing machine.

Details of a sewing machine

A detail of a Singer sewing machine.

"Singer sewing-machine. a is the frame and cloth-plate or bed-plate; b, arm; c, treadle; e, pitman; d, main driving-wheel; f, band; g, small driving-wheel attached to shaft ... j, take-up lever with roller and stud; k, presser-bar carrying presser-foot; l, needle-bar; m, spool-pin; ... t, drawers." -Whitney, 1911

Singer Sewing Machine

"Singer sewing-machine. a is the frame and cloth-plate or bed-plate; b, arm; c, treadle; e, pitman;…

"Singer sewing-machine. a is the frame and cloth-plate or bed-plate; b, arm; ... g, small driving-wheel attached to shaft h; i, take-up cam with set-screw; j, take-up lever with roller and stud; ... m, spool-pin; n, shuttle-pitman taking motion from crank o; p, shuttle bell-crank; q, shuttle-carrier and shuttle; r, thread-guide; s, tension-disk ..." -Whitney, 1911

Singer Sewing Machine

"Singer sewing-machine. a is the frame and cloth-plate or bed-plate; b, arm; ... g, small driving-wheel…

A diagram showing the manufacture of a shoe.

Manufacture of a shoe

A diagram showing the manufacture of a shoe.

An illustration of a woman using a spinning wheel. A spinning wheel is a device for spinning thread or yarn from natural or synthetic fibers.

Spinning Wheel

An illustration of a woman using a spinning wheel. A spinning wheel is a device for spinning thread…

The tailor-bird makes its nest by weaving it together with living leaves.

Tailorbird

The tailor-bird makes its nest by weaving it together with living leaves.

An illustration of a bobbin of thread.

Bobbin of Thread

An illustration of a bobbin of thread.

An illustration of a spool of thread.

Spool of Thread

An illustration of a spool of thread.

An illustration of a woman mending clothing while sitting in a chair with a kitten playing underneath.

Woman Mending Clothing While Sitting in a Chair

An illustration of a woman mending clothing while sitting in a chair with a kitten playing underneath.

An illustration of a woman sewing clothes while sitting in a chair.

Woman Sewing Clothes in Chair

An illustration of a woman sewing clothes while sitting in a chair.