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Profile of the Day: Isaac Singer

Did your family own a Singer sewing machine? On this day in 1811, inventor Isaac Singer was born in Pittstown, New York. Singer’s improvements to the sewing machine would make it more practical and efficient than ever before.

Image: Isaac Singer / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, CC0

Isaac Merritt Singer was born to Adam Singer and Ruth Benson on October 27, 1811. Around the age of 12, he left home to work various odd jobs and even joined a traveling stage act. By the age of 19, he had become an apprentice machinist and in 1839, he patented a rock drilling machine.

While working at a machine shop in Boston, Singer was brought a sewing machine to repair. Within a few days, Singer had developed a new, practical sewing machine that could sew 900 stitches per minute, which was over 20 times faster than an accomplished seamstress. In 1852, Singer established the I.M Singer & Co., later named the Singer Manufacturing Company, and began mass producing the machines. By using interchangeable parts, Singer was able to produce more machines at lower costs. Soon the company became the largest sewing machine manufacturer in the world.

How are you related to Isaac Singer? Explore his family tree and discover your connection to the inventor.

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