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Occupational portrait of a woman working at a sewing machine, ca 1853
Now I can sew my clothes in half the time

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Inventor Elias Howe Was Born
July 9, 1819

In the early 1800s, most people didn't have the money, not to mention a choice of stores in which to buy clothes for themselves and their families. At that time, everything was made by hand. Families sewed their pants, shirts, and dresses using a needle and thread. But Elias Howe changed all that. Born on July 9, 1819, Howe came up with another way to make clothes. He patented the first practical American sewing machine in 1846. Maybe you thought the inventor was someone named Singer?
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