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Author Martha Stewart writes in our 101 Objects Special Issue:

Isaac Merritt Singer's sewing machine was a vast improvement upon earlier versions, capable of 900 stitches a minute -at a time when the most nimble seamstress could sew about 40. Though the machine was originally designed for manufacturing, Singer saw its domestic potential and created a lighter weight version, which he hauled to country fairs, circuses and social gatherings, dazzling the womenfolk.

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Martha Stewart on How the Singer Sewing Machine Clothed the Nation

The master of home entertaining takes a look at one of the most game-changing inventions of the 19th century

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She fondly remembers using one as a girl. “Everybody should know the sense of achievement of sewing two pieces of fabric together and creating something practical, beautiful and unique,” she says.

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