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UNITED STATES - APRIL 13: This lock-stitch machine is the last type to be made by the Howe Machine Company prior to its closure in 1887-1888. Elias Howe (1819-1867) licensed the production of his sewing machines from the 1850s, but did not produce them himself until 1865. His brother Amasa made machines under the name of the Howe Sewing Machine Company, which traded from 1854 to 1873 when it was acquired by the Howe Machine Company. Elias Howe's portait bust appears on the medallion on the front of this machine. This machine has a shuttle working in a curved horizontal race. The treadle stand is not shown. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES - APRIL 13:  This lock-stitch machine is the last type to be made by the Howe Machine Company prior to its closure in 1887-1888. Elias Howe (1819-1867) licensed the production of his sewing machines from the 1850s, but did not produce them himself until 1865. His brother Amasa made machines under the name of the Howe Sewing Machine Company, which traded from 1854 to 1873 when it was acquired by the Howe Machine Company. Elias Howe's portait bust appears on the medallion on the front of this machine. This machine has a shuttle working in a curved horizontal race. The treadle stand is not shown.  (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

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UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 08: Oil on canvas painting (artist unidentified), showing Elias Howe (1819-1867) , who in 1846 invented the first sewing machine. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 08:  Oil on canvas painting (artist unidentified), showing Elias Howe (1819-1867) , who in 1846 invented the first sewing machine.  (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

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(Original Caption) The first sewing machine completed by Elias Howe, Jr. in 1845.

(Original Caption) The first sewing machine completed by Elias Howe, Jr. in 1845.

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The first lockstitch sewing machine, patented by American inventor Elias Howe in 1846. (Photo by Oxford Science Archive/Print Collector/Getty Images)

The first lockstitch sewing machine, patented by American inventor Elias Howe in 1846. (Photo by Oxford Science Archive/Print Collector/Getty Images)

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UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 13: William Thomas, who first patented Elias Howe's sewing machine in the UK in 1846, patented his own lock-stitch machine in 1853. The slotted wooden table employed on this sewing machine can be removed for sewing narrow parts of garments such as sleeves. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 13:  William Thomas, who first patented Elias Howe's sewing machine in the UK in 1846, patented his own lock-stitch machine in 1853. The slotted wooden table employed on this sewing machine can be removed for sewing narrow parts of garments such as sleeves.  (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)