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H8097 Singer sewing machine, sectioned to show internal workings, Model 319K, didactic object, metal / plastic, made by Singer Manufacturing Company, England, 1948-1958. Click to enlarge.

Sectioned model 319K Singer sewing machine, 1948-1958

Made by Singer Manufacturing Company in England, 1948-1958.

The sewing machine evolved slowly, leaving a trail of disappointed inventors. The key inventions proved to be: a needle with its eye at the sharp end; means of looping a thread with itself (chain stitch) or with a second thread (lock stitch); and mechanisms that move fabric forward after each stitch. The sewing machine industry took off in the 1850s when several US companies pooled their patents. They borrowed the ‘American system’ of high precision mass production from the arms industry and lat...

Summary

Object No.

H8097

Object Statement

Singer sewing machine, sectioned to show internal workings, Model 319K, didactic object, metal / plastic, made by Singer Manufacturing Company, England, 1948-1958

Physical Description

Singer sewing machine, sectioned to show internal workings, Model 319K, didactic object, metal / plastic, made by Singer Manufacturing Company, England, 1948-1958

A 'Singer' sewing machine, model 319K, made of metal with plastic trimmings. The machine is sectioned to display the internal workings of the machine and mounted on a chrome-plated tubular stand and wooden base. An old MAAS label accompanies this object.

Marks

The MAAS label reads 'H8097 / SEWING MACHINE / SECTIONED TO ILLUSTRATE THE INGENIOUS / AND INTRICATE MECHANICAL OPERATION. / Elias Howe was the first to patent / in 1846 a practical sewing machine. / In 1851 Isaac M.Singer developed and / patented the first practical domestic / sewing machine. This was the prototype / of all later domestic sewing machines.'.

Production

Notes

This sewing machine was made by the Singer Manufacturing Company in England, 1948-1958.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Singer Australia Limited, 1967

Acquisition Date

7 March 1967

Cite this Object

Harvard

Sectioned model 319K Singer sewing machine, 1948-1958 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 August 2019, <https://ma.as/250294>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/250294 |title=Sectioned model 319K Singer sewing machine, 1948-1958 |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=20 August 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
This object is currently on display in Store 2 at the Museums Discovery Centre.

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