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Elias Howe

Elias Howe

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Elias Howe was an American inventor best know for creating and parenting the first practical sewing machine.


In 1846, Elias Howe patented the first practical sewing machine. It attracted little attention, and he moved to England to perfect it for use with leather and similar materials. When he returned the next year, he found that I. M. Singer was making and selling his sewing machine. Howe finally established his patent rights in 1854, and his invention revolutionized the garment industry.

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