Good Morning, Class. It’s Monday–and I hope you have been studying… it’s time for a POP QUIZ!
Sewing History Quiz
1. Hand sewing is:
A. Nearly 50,000 years old.
B. Over 20,000 years old.
C. Something to be avoided at all costs.
2. TRUE or FALSE
The world’s first sewing machine patent was granted to British Inventor, Thomas Saint in 1790.
3. TRUE or FALSE
Frenchman, Barthelemy Thimonnier invented the first functional chain stitch sewing machine in 1830.
4. TRUE or FALSE
Elias Howe was the first American to patent a sewing machine that used a thread from two sources.
5. TRUE or FALSE
Isaac Singer was the first to mass produce a sewing machine that could sew faster than a seamstress.
6. TRUE or FALSE
Elias Howe had great lawyers. He earned nearly two million dollars from 1854-1867 from patent infringements on his sewing machine.
7. By the year 1900, how many sewing machines were being produced all over the world?
A. 100,000 machines
B. 30,000 machines
C. 2 million machines
8. TRUE or FALSE
The Zig-Zag sewing machine was invented by Bernina in 1951.
9. TRUE or FALSE
The rotary cutter was invented in Japan in the 1950s-nearly one hundred years after the first sewing machine.
10. TRUE or FALSE
Quilting is a multibillion dollar industry in the US.
Sewing History Quiz–ANSWER KEY
1. B. Hand sewing is over 20,000 years old. Archeologists believe that during the last ice age, man stitched fur, hides and bark together using sinew for thread and bones for needles.
2. TRUE. Englishman, Thomas Saint was granted the first patent related to a sewing machine. His patent was for a device to stitch leather and never progressed beyond the patent-model stage.
3. TRUE. Frenchman, Bartheelemy Thimonnier invented the first functional sewing machine. His sewing machine used one thread and formed a chain-stitch. He was nearly killed by a mob of enraged tailors who feared unemployment.
4. TRUE. Massachussets farmer, Elias Howe patented his two-thread lock stitch sewing machine in 1846, but he was unable to find an American manufacturer to produce it for him.
5. TRUE. In 1851, Isaac Singer produced the first functional sewing machine that was mass-produced. His company dominated the market for nearly 100 years.
6. TRUE. Elias Howe was lawsuit happy. He sued everyone in the sewing machine industry and amassed great wealth ( 2 million dollars). During the Civil War, he used his entire fortune to equip and underwrite a Union Army infantry regiment.
7. C. Nearly 2 million sewing machines were manufactured all over the world by the 1900s.
8. FALSE. The Zig zag sewing machine was patented by Helen Blanchard of Portland, Maine in 1873. Miss Blanchard held 28 sewing machine related patents.
9. FALSE. The rotary cutter was invented by the Japanese company, Olfa in 1979. The rotary cutter revolutionized quilting by making cutting quick and accurate.
10. TRUE. The quilting industry in the US alone is a multi-billion dollar industry. (and readers of The Inbox Jaunt know it is much much bigger world-wide!)
No more quizzes for a while. Tomorrow, is Tuesday Tutorial–so put away your notebooks and open up your sketchbooks!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs was just recommended to me by my sister, Gayle. It is the story of a boy who embarks on an adventure following photographs left by his murdered grandfather. The photos lead him to a remote island off the coast of Wales where Miss Peregrine’s orphanage is in tatters. As the boy explores the hallways and bedrooms of the orphanage, he realizes that the children were not just peculiar, they may have been dangerous! The plot thickens… While I am just pages into this novel, I am intrigued by the mix of vintage photography and fiction.
A sequel, The Hollow City-with more vintage photography and more mystery is set for publication in January 2014.
Has anyone else read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? What’s on your nightstand right now?
The Fourth of July weekend was a busy one! The family festivities began with a barbecue on Thursday and wrapped up with a barbecue on Sunday. We went to the movies, the fireworks, the beach and we cleaned the garage. We also squeezed in a little flea market shopping. All of my flea market “finds” this week were photographic…(probably because we just cleaned the garage and I lost my enthusiasm for shopping???)
Thank you for all your comments about the Swirling Star Tutorial and the Anchor Quilt. We have a lot more quilting this month…More tutorials, tension tips, and a few projects…
Tomorrow’s Tuesday Tutorial is The Picot-Edged Ribbon!
A few months ago, I subscribed to a new magazine, Click. It is a beautiful magazine “for the modern photographer” with pages of how-to articles, product reviews, and of course, lovely photos!
It is the kind of magazine–like Real Simple, or Martha Stewart Living-- that one is thrilled to find in the mailbox…
It is a magazine that I look forward to reading with a glass of
lemonade wine at the end of a busy week…
I don’t subscribe to many magazines…but I am happy I ordered this one. Like most of you, I spend way too much time in front of a computer screen– so I find it all the more enjoyable to have a book or a magazine in my hands!
PS…You can get a free sample of the magazine HERE (Unfortunately, it is a digital sample….)