1819, Jul 91867, Oct 3
an American inventor and sewing machine pioneer. Contrary to popular belief, Howe was not the first to conceive of the idea of a sewing machine. Many other people had formulated the idea of such a machine before him, one as early as 1790, and some had even patented their designs and produced working machines, in one case at least 80 of them. However, Howe originated significant refinements to the design concepts of his predecessors, and on September 10, 1846, he was awarded the first United States patent (U.S. Patent 4,750) for a sewing machine using a lockstitch design. His machine contained the three essential features common to most modern machines
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07/09/1819-Elias Howe Jr., inventor of the sewing machine, is born in Spencer, Massachusetts
09/10/1846-Elias Howe Jr. patents the first practical sewing machine
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