Sewing machines have their very own global day. World Sewing Machine Day is observed every year on 13 June.
Sewing machines were invented during the first Industrial Revolution to decrease the amount of manual sewing work performed in clothing companies. Since the invention of the first working sewing machine, generally considered to have been the work of Englishman Thomas Saint in 1790, the sewing machine has greatly improved the efficiency and productivity of the clothing industry.
The sewing machine's effects on the clothing industry resulted in major changes for other industries as well. Cotton production needed to increase in order to match the demand of the new clothing factories. As a result cotton became planted in new areas where it hadn't previously been farmed. Other industries involved in the process benefited as well such as metal companies who provided parts for the machines, and shippers who had to move increased amounts of goods.
We have many standards applicable to sewing machines including:
AS/NZS 60335.2.28:2006 Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Particular requirements for sewing machines
ISO 10821:2005 Industrial sewing machines – Safety requirements for sewing machines, units and systems
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