April 29th National Zipper Day

It’s kind of amazing that the zipper has been around as long as it has been Elias Howe created the “Continuous Clothing Closure” in 1851 but he never marketed it so people continued to button and unbutton as required. Howe’s patent was secure on April 29th, 1851. In 1893, during the Chicago World’s Fair, Whitcomb Judson introduced the “Clasp Locker”, an improved version of what Howe had created. It still didn’t catch on until Swedish scientist Gideon Sundback introduced the modern day zipper in 1913. Even then it still wasn’t called the “Zipper” until B. F. Goodrich dubbed the name in 1923.

How to celebrate – Appreciate your zipper. Imagine your life without a zipper. Sing “Zippity-Do-Da”.

June 13th National Sewing Machine Day

Just think what life would be like without the invention of the sewing machine. Before the 1830’s sewing was done by hand, requiring a great deal of effort and time. The credit often falls to Elias Howe who patented his invention in the Untied States in 1846, he began sales in 1851. However, the first sewing machine was actually invented by Walter Hunt in 1832 in Europe. Either way, breaking that sewing machine out of you attic or closet and start sewing again, it will save you a lot of money and you might even have fun using it.

How to celebrate – See how machine sewing machine manufacturers you can name. Count up all those items in your home that could use mending. Start a sewing club .

June 13th National Sewing Machine Day

Today we celebrate the invention of the sewing machine. Unfortunately, no one really knows why today is the day but that doesn’t really make any difference, just accept it. But what an invention it was, and it continues to evolve today.

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Modern day sewing machines are a lot different than the original ones. They practically do everything themselves and even make you a cup of coffee while you wait. It hasn’t always been that way though. The early models were powered by humans since they came before electric.

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The first patent came in 1755, being awarded to one Charles Federick Wiesenthal. It was a very basic model. Englishman Thomas Saint madel one a little more practical in 1790. France claims a model as early as 1830 and John Fisher made the first including all the parts of the other models in 1844. Elias Howe claimed the first patent in the US in 1846.

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Josef Madersperger, Barthelemy Thimonnier, and Walter Hunt also lay claim to patents for the modern day sewing machine. I guess we owe them all a lot since so many seem to have had a hand in providing us with the modern day sewing machine. It is said, “A stitch in time saves nine” meaning that one stitch sewed the right way will save nine being made to cover up faulty work.

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How to celebrate – If you have a sewing machine, use it today! If you don’t have a sewing machine, buy one so that you can save those nine stitches in the future. Give a thanks out to the seamtresses that make our lives so much better.