In case you missed it: Holly is a hardcore sewer and I know how to sew, so an episode on the machines we hold so dear seemed like a natural choice. I had no idea there was so much fighting and fury in its origins, though. The "Mother Necessity" song on "Schoolhouse Rock" makes it seem like the simple inspiration of Elias Howe, but he's just one of the players (or combatants).
Here's a link to the episode: The Contentious History of the Sewing Machine
The article we referenced is "How Sewing Machines Work."
Holly picked and researched this episode:
- Askaroff, Alex I. "A Brief History of the Sewing Machine." Sewalot. http://www.sewalot.com/sewing_machine_history.htm
- Cooper, Grace Rogers. "The Sewing Machine: Its Invention and Development." Bulletin of the United States National Museum. 1968. http://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/hst/cooper/
- Forsdyke , Graham. "A Brief History of the Sewing Machine." International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society. http://www.ismacs.net/sewing_machine_history.html
- MacDonald, Katie. "Elias Howe's Sewing Machine." Innovation in Cambridge. 2012. http://www.cambridgehistory.org/discover/innovation/Sewing%20Machine.html
- Mossoff, Adam, "The Rise and Fall of the First American Patent Thicket: The Sewing Machine War of the 1850s." Arizona Law Review., Vol. 53, pp. 165-211, 2011; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 09-19. March 6, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1354849
- Museum of American Heritage. "Sewing Machines: History of the Sewing Machine" http://www.moah.org/exhibits/virtual/sewing.html
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