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The History of Modern Embroidery

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The History of Modern Embroidery (post #48022)

 The History of Modern Embroidery

Embroidery has been defined as a craft to embellish the look of a fabric or cloth with the help of needles and yarn. While the heritage of embroidery through hand has been around us since thousands of years, the contemporary form of embroidery also called as “Modern Embroidery” has been around from about 200 years.

The first Hand Sewing Machine was created by Josue Heilmann of Mulhouse in 1828. The machinery that was used in developing this machine used around 4 hand-embroiderers. The embroidery machine was made up of a frame to hold the fabric with a needle and handle to work the needle. This task permitted to stitch in any direction as required and was comparatively faster than by traditional hand embroidery. Thereafter, approximately 20 years later the first sewing machine was patented in 1846 by Issac Singer.

Further in 1863, a totally new version of machine embroidery was created by Issac Groebli in Switlerzand. The machine was named as Schiffli Machine. The machine has a little boat-shaped shuttle which created the back stitch and hence it was called as Schiffli Machine. It was during the later years that Groebli’s son introduced a better version of Schiffli machine that was automatic and could even produce better results in minimum time.

The effortlessness and expediency of the sewing machines used at home were transformed in 1911 when the Singer Sewing Company build up the first of its kind multi-headed embroidery sewing machine having 6 heads and a pantograph attachment. With the increasing awareness about the machine embroidery, the latest versions of the machines were introduced in 1950 and its trend increased with a new wave in the embroidery business. In the 1980s, Wilcom pioneered with the first computerised embroidery design also called as Digitizing Embroidery for both small and large businesses.

With the increase in the use of computer and the technology used through software, the advent of sewing machines transformed into the most efficient and quick sewing methods. Modern day embroiderers or digitizers can stitch on almost everything these days, be it caps, hats, laces, cutworks to blanket and even on fleece that too in just few seconds. Latest digitizing for embroidery machines are available for both commercial and residential use. Both the machines work on same principle where they are furnished with a frame that tightly catches the fabric just below the sewing needle. The digitizing machine will read the command, interprets and would then imprint the design on the fabric.

With the invention of the Machine Embroidery, there have been many benefits to the labourers. The machines have taken over the work of humans and so the labourers can do the work faster with the help of machines and also can work part time along with the embroidery work. Also the machines have made the embroidery cost effective and thus it has introduced the age of “Cheap Digitizing”.

Thus because of the benefits of digitizing embroidery, it has enhanced the business life and has gained popularity all over the globe. 

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Great post, i like it very (post #48022, reply #1 of 1)

Great post, i like it very much)))