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Most of us know the name Singer but few are aware of his amazing life story, his rags to riches journey from a little runaway to one of the richest men of his age.
The story of Isaac Merritt Singer will blow your mind, his wives and lovers his castles and palaces all built on the back of one of the greatest inventions of the 19th century.
His mum was Isabella Poague Gibbs from Connecticut.
As James grew he worked, like all children in those days, for his father on the farm and in his father's carding business.
So James tried a bit of work as a carpenter, machinist, millwright and even a bit of surveying until he sliced a chunk out of his own kneecap while clearing pines in West Virginia.
Seven hard years pass in these various trades and travels.
They were also heavy cumbersome beasts and amazingly expensive.
So he hit the Patent Office and after detailed research found that he had two ideas that no one had patented, his looper method and feed method.
It was this twist in the thread that gave the stitch flexibility and strength, something no other chainstitch machine did."After assembling the top of my engine from descriptions and images I used what came to hand to fashion the thread catcher or 'looper' beneath.
Carding was a popular business as wool and cotton had to be disentangled from clumps of fibre into a continuous thread for cloth manufacture by the use of cards which were basic brushes with wire pins that stripped the wool into straight fibres.
In 1845 a fire broke out in his father's carding business, which he ran from a mill on the farm, and it completely destroyed everything.
Some say the sewing machine represents the finest piece of '19th Century' precision engineering in the world.
This is hard to argue with seeing that so many are still working on a daily basis 150 years later.