Happy Sewing Machine Day ! If you are like me today is a special day to you. So clean up your machine in honor of Sewing Machine Day ! Lisa
The invention of the sewing machine by Connecticut native Elias Howe in 1846 touched off a technological, industrial, and social revolution. By making possible the manufacture of inexpensive clothing, it greatly speeded up the pace of industrialization (which had begun only a few decades earlier with the inventions of the spinning jenny, power loom, and cotton gin) and led to the building of newer, larger, and more modern textile mills, such as the Willimantic Linen Company’s great granite Mill Number Two and modern brick Mill Number Four. By changing the way that clothing was manufactured, it spelled the end of cottage industry and the old putting out system and ushered in the age of the sweatshop. By appealing to middle class homemakers, it facilitated the Cult of Domesticity and provided middle class women with the opportunity to prove that they could master complex machinery. Widely available a half century before typewriters or automobiles, more than any other machine the sewing machine came to symbolize women’s work in the modern era.Mill Museum
Sewing Machine Care-
Regular upkeep should keep your machine in tip-top shape. Store your sewing machine under a dust cover at room temperature in a dry place. Use only new, high-quality thread to reduce interior lint buildup, and regularly unplug the machine and dust inside the bobbin case with a soft cosmetic brush.
Brush lint and dust from around the machine area each time it is used. Change needles often. A bent or dull needle will not only damage your fabric, but yourmachine as well. Be sure your hands are clean before using your sewing machine
- Clean the feed dog. Remove the bobbin. Use the brush supplied to clean the area. Remove the bobbin case. …
- Lubricate the points in the instructional manual with 1-2 drops of sewing machine oil. Turn the handwheel until the hook race is in the left position. Replace the hook.
Basic Tips – Sewing Machines -fixit