Elias Howe is credited with receiving the first patent for a modern, practical sewing machine on Sept. 10, 1846. Records show that patents were applied for before this date; the earliest was on July 17, 1790 by Thomas Sa... More »

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Some accounts point to Charles Fredrick Wiesenthal of Germany, who received a patent in 1755 in England for a double-pointed mechanical needle device, as being the first to pioneer technology that would lead to the inven... More »

A sewing machine is a device that stitches materials together with thread. They range from foot-operated or electric domestic machines to large, industrial machines. Sewing machines are mainly used to make clothing faste... More »

Some accounts point to Charles Fredrick Wiesenthal of Germany, who received a patent in 1755 in England for a double-pointed mechanical needle device, as being the first to pioneer technology that would lead to the inven... More »

Elias Howe invented the first sewing machine to receive an American patent. Howe's lockstitch mechanism performed 250 stitches per minute, more than what five expert hand-stitchers produced in the same amount of time. More »

Samuel B. Fay secured the first patent for a paperclip in 1867. Erlman J. Wright won a patent for a different design in 1877. The first appearance of the recognizable Gem style was in 1892 and was never patented. More »

A number of websites offer a free patent search tool, including Free Patents Online (freepatentsonline.com) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (uspto.gov). Free patent searches are a good way for inventors... More »

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