Singer sewing machines have the benefit of an illustrious name and an eminent history in the world of sewing. Most people recognize the brand name Singer, even if they have never sewed a stitch in their lives.
Singer is an old company, but also a revolutionary one. Singer was the first company to make zig-zag stitch machines, electronically operated machines, and the self-described “world’s most advanced home sewing and embroidery machine” (according to their website www.singerco.com).
The Singer Company was begun in 1851; a year after its founder Isaac Singer patented the world’s first practical sewing machine.
Mr. Singer was not the first to invent the straight needle lockstitch mechanism that is still used today, but he was the first to patent the idea and make it commercially successful. The lockstitch is an advancement upon the chain stitch, the simplest of the loop stitch designs (that is still capitalized on today). The chain stitch was flawed because the stitch could easily come undone, however the lockstitch ensures that the thread will stay planted in the fabric.
The Singer manufacturing company soon became an international success after its creation, with a Singer sewing machine even winning the first prize in the 1855 World’s Fair in Paris. Rumor has it that the face of the Statue of Liberty was even created is Isabella Singer’s likeness! Since its insemination in the 19 th Century, Singer has seen many competitors but against all odds the name and the brand still survive. Singer’s name is still practically synonymous with sewing machines (as many brands advertise but few can prove) and its vintage machines are treasures found in famous American museums.
Yet Singer does not rest on its laurels; it keeps finding innovative ways to improve on the old art of machine sewing and in doing so it reserves its permanent place in history. Even today, three of the five top-selling sewing machines carry the Singer logo.