Synonymous with Sewing
Singer sewing machines, are made by the Singer Company, which was founded by Isaac Singer and was synonymous with sewing for years.
Singer’s sewing machines are prominent in sewing history, and many young girls learned to sew on a Singer, their very first sewing machine.
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Although Singer Sewing has consistently claimed that Isaac Merritt Singer was the inventor of the sewing machine, or at least the first practical sewing machine, if you read the history of the sewing machine, you’ll see that this was not the case.
Singer, was, however, on the scene early, and their sewing machines did play an important part in the development of modern sewing machines.
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Singer Contribution to Sewing History
The Singer Company contributed to modern commerce in two ways. Singer became the world’s first international company, selling its sewing machines in Paris, France in 1855.
And, just one year later, in 1856, Singer started their “hire-purchase plan”, which was the prototype for buying on time or purchasing, by making installment payments.
With their hire-purchase plan, the Singer machine was made available to just about anyone—even those with very limited incomes.
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Singer soon became a household name, and you could almost use the words “Singer” and “sewing machine” interchangeably.
Through the years, Singer developed the first zig-zag sewing machine, the first electronic sewing machines, and they now claim to have the most advanced home sewing and embroidery machine—although they have some pretty stiff competition for that one.
And so, you may have learned to sew on a Singer sewing machine. Many of us did. And many still do.
Singer Sewing Machines Today
Today, Singer is owned by SVP Holdings, the company that also owns Viking and Pfaff. While Singer continues to lead in sales, they are no longer able to claim that the quality of their machines is unbeatable.
In 2009 Consumer Reports tested sewing machines and reported that the Singer sewing machines that they tested, were “easy to use and relatively inexpensive, but sewing performance was only fair to average, a drop from past tests.”
The Singer Sewing Machine Company, with its rich historical past, is no longer. And, perhaps, with the passing of the original company, so has its unbeatable quality disappeared!
While Singer machines still have their place for home sewing, they are no longer the undisputed leader in the industry.
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