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Singer Sewing Machines History

The very first sewing machines went into mass production in the 1850’s, when Isaac Singer developed the first commercially feasible sewing machine. Isaac Merrit Singer was born in the year 1811 in Schaghiticoke, New York and died in Torquay, England at the age of 63. However, the first mechanical sewing machine connected patent was issued in 1755 to a German national; Charles Weisenthal for the sewing needle. Since its inception, Singer was driven by a continued commitment to quality, innovation, reliability and great service. Singer established its first factory in New York in 1853 and in 1855; Singer become the largest sewing machine company in the world.

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In 1861 the Singer sewing machine sales oversees surpassed U.S. sales. In order to meet a growing demand, Singer opened the world’s largest sewing machine factory in Kilbowie, Scotland in 1883; the factory employed about 12,000 workers at one point. Singer continued to grow exponentially and in 1889, the company introduced its first practical electric engineered sewing machine. In 1890, Singer became so dominant that it commanded up to 80% of the global sewing machines market.

In 1952 Singer introduced the model 206, which was it first Zigzag machine. The annual sales hit $359 million in 1957 and in 1970 sales topped $2 billion for the first time. Singer introduced the first electronic sewing machine Athena in 1975, and later in the year 1978, Singer introduced Touchtronic; the world’s foremost computer aided machine. The year 1985 saw Singer introduce a new line of the state-of-the-art sewing machine, model to meet individual needs and budgets. The machines were developed using “Duartec” which is a unique material that is strong and lighter than aluminum but able to provide double insulation. The machines were multipurpose and able to produce limitless stitch patterns, embroidery, monograms and sideway-sew.

Singer introduced the magic steam ironing press in 1990; the appliance greatly reduced ironing time and included such variables as an automatic shut-off-safety feature and temperature control. Singer introduced QUANTUM XL-1000 in 1997; the advanced sewing machine was designed to utilize memory cards to supplement its embroiderer’s capabilities. In the year 2001, Singer introduced the most technologically advanced home-sewing and embroidery machine. The state-of-the-art QUANTUM XL-5000; featured a wind-in-place bobbin winding system, and a fully automated re-threading system. Singer celebrated the 150th anniversary of Isaac Singer’s patent that led to the development of the first practical sewing machine in 2001.


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