The Fascinating History of Embroidery and Embroidery Machines

Embroidery is a beautiful handicraft and has graced many fabrics and designer pieces.

Embroidery’s origin can be traced back to the 5th century BC, and its mention can be found in the Indian Vedas.

A lot of people grew up seeing the elder females practice this fine art which can be traced back to ancient times.

There was, of course, no embroidery machine back then and needlework art was used to decorate everything ranging from household stuff to religious objects.

Embroidery Design

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Advancement in technology gave rise to the earliest prototype of embroidery machine which was gigantic in size.

While the recent computerized version sits nicely in a small space, its earliest counterpart took up the whole room to fit in. The industry made its first small leap of progress with the invention of ‘hand embroidery machine’ by Frenchman Josue Heilmann.

The next important step which led to the progress of this invention was the manufacturing of these machines.

The manufacturer of the first embroidery machine was St. Gallen from Switzerland.

Embroidery Machine

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The technology that was first brought into use by the Frenchman led to the development of modern-day embroidery machines.

Long before the mass usage of affordable computers, this art was carried out by punching designs on paper that ran through the embroidery machine.

It was in the year 1911 when the Singer Sewing Company developed the first multi-head embroidery sewing machine. After a temporary halt due to war, the machines took on the market like wildfire in the 1950s.

Later in the 1980s, the first computerized embroidery designs were introduced by Wilcom. From there to the modern highly advanced versions, embroidery machines have certainly evolved a lot.


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