What's Mechanical?

Mechanical sewing machines were the first type that was designed and though plans for them were drawn up at the end of the 1700s, a working sewing machine wasn't patented until 1830, in France. These first machines were destroyed by tailors who were afraid of losing their livelihoods, but by the 1842, the first sewing machine was patented in the United States.

The early mechanical sewing machine bullet shaped bobbin case that acted much like a shuttle, though later on, a shuttle that oscillated was created. You can compare this to today's modern sewing machines, which use a rotary system.

The most primitive mechanical sewing machines started out by only be able to use a chain stitch. Although the stitches that these machines could create were quite small and neat, a chain stitch, as any embroiderer will tell you, is something that is very easy to unravel. A machine that used two threads, running from a top needle and a bobbin underneath, would allow the tailor to create a lock stitch, which is what machines use today and which is much more secure.

At the beginning, most types of sewing machines would only make a simply straight stitch. Later on, a zigzag stitch would be added, while more decorative stitches were available on the high end models.

Typical Faults

  • Missing stitches
  • Thread Braking
  • Thread getting Caught underneath
  • Motor Slipping

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