History of embroidery machine
Embroidery is the craft of stitching designs on fabric using strands of yarn or thread and a needle. Embroidery can also use other materials traditionally used to make clothing such as beads, sequins, and pearls. Traditional embroidery has been used for thousands of years. About 200 years ago, a new type of embroidery called machine embroidery was created when the hand-embroidery machine was invented. This machine was invented in 1828 by Josue Heilmann, who lived in Mulhouse, France. This had happened more than 18 years before the sewing machine was invented.
Josue Heilmann’s new hand-embroidery machine spurred the creation of a device that used up to four hand-embroiderers. This device allowed workers to work faster than they could by hand. At the time of its invention, the hand-embroidery machine threatened the entire hand-embroidery industry. Heilmann’s machine was considered such a threat that he could only sell two of his new machines in Switzerland. However, the revolution in the embroidery industry had started and it could not be stopped as other inventors soon followed Heilmann’s example.
In 1863, inventor Isaac Groebili developed a new type of embroidery machine and presented it in Switzerland. This machine was called the Schiffli machine. It was named this because it used a small, boat-shaped shuttle to create the back stitch. The Schiffli machine was not available to be used commercially for many years. Groebili continued to refine and improve the machine so that by the time it was launched to the public, it could stitch in any direction. The automatic Schiffli machine was invented by the oldest son of Groebil. This was another good improvement on an already excellent idea.
The products and designs created by these machines were so beautiful that they were often thought to be hand-embroidered. The automatic embroidery machine was easy to use and soon a home version was invented. It could fit into a room in a house and still create beautiful embroidery designs. Entire families could work in a home embroidery business if they had a home-sized automatic Schiffli machine. Typically, the entire home embroidery process would be overseen by the father, while the rest of the family threaded the bobbins and tended to the thread.
In 1911, the first multi-head embroidery sewing machines were developed and marketed by Singer Sewing Company. These machines were equipped with a pantograph attachment and six different heads. This added convenience and simplicity made it even easier to do embroidery at home. During the 1950s, much progress was made in the sewing machine and machine embroidery industry. Even the most simple sewing machines began to sport advanced features and allowed people to create more difficult and elaborate embroidery designs. During the 1950s, embroidery machines hit the market, resulting in increased licencing and more mass merchandising of embroidered fabric. This opened a new market for machine embroidered fabrics. Today, there are many different types and versions of the automatic sewing machines and they are used every day all over the world. Some of the bigger embroidery machines feature up to thirty different heads, though most regular jobs require only the smaller machines.
As we expand our knowledge of technology and machines, more and more household items are invented or improved upon and sewing machines and embroidery machines are not exceptions. Over the years, sewing machines with more and more features had been created for use in the home. These higher-end machines contained features such as an embroidery mode or a hoop attachment and helped ease much of the strain of hand stitching. Even though these machines helped tremendously, there was still improvement to be made. One example is when seamstresses, tailors and other crafters fond themselves frustrated by having to continually change out different threat colours that slowed their progress.
Today’s embroidery sewing machines are a big improvement over those of the past. They have successfully included single or multi-heads to handle different spools of thread. It is also great that these new and improved automatic embroidery sewing machines are available for everyday use, along with being perfect for use in a factory. There are individuals who have started home embroidery businesses as a result of the demand for machine-embroidered products. These types of products can be easily produced by small, home-based businesses if they have an automatic embroidery sewing machines. These automatic machines are computer-operated and easy to use and fit into most any size room. There are also many additional and special features available for these embroidery sewing machines that allow them to create a wide variety of products. These newer automatic embroidery sewing machines can even work with sequins, beads, and other special enhancements.