Birth Of A Sewing Machine

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    An interesting insight into the manufacturing processes involved in making a Singer sewing machine at Clydebank, Glasgow.

    From its raw form of iron to the finished product packed and ready for export. A clip from this film can be viewed here:

    Birth of A Sewing Machine

    I have ordered the Full length DVD
    Cost £17.40 inclusive of post/packaging and VAT.

    From its opening in 1884 until 1943 the Kilbowie factory produced approximately 36,000,000 sewing machines.
    Singer was the world leader and sold more machines than all the other makers added together. At the height of it’s productiveness in the mid 1960’s, Singer employed over 16,000 workers but by the end of that decade compulsory redundancies were taking place and 10 years later the workforce was down to 5,000. Financial problems and lack of orders forced the world’s largest sewing machine factory to close in June 1980, bringing to an end over 100 years of sewing machine production in Scotland.

    The complex of buildings was demolished in 1998.:Sad:

    View of Singer's Kilbowie Factory.. notice the large clock tower, it could be seen from all over the town ... it was erected so that no one could give an excuse of not knowing the time if late getting to work .

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    nice one jim. lovely to see the industrial world that seems to have gone .
    i love looking at industry . keep up the good work. :thumb:
     
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    Is it true that the invention of the sewing machine, like Viagra, was a happy accident and they were really trying to invent a printing machine?
     
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