The first sewing machine appeared in France during the 1830’s. Before that, all clothes were sewn by hand requiring hours and hours of work for just a single garment. If you can imagine those days of the elaborate military uniforms for hundreds of thousands of soldiers all having to be made by hand it is amazing. All those elaborate ball gowns we commonly think of during the 1700’s in Europe and the Americas had to be made by hand. We as society also use to have at least one sewing machine per household for repairing clothing, today we tend to just throw clothes away and the sewing machine disappears from our every day lives.
How to celebrate – See if you have a working sewing machine at home. Try making some of your own clothes. Visit a sewing machine museum.