1. Archaeologists believe that people used to sew together fur, hide, skin, and bark for clothing as far back as 25,000 years ago.
2. Early sewing thread consisted of thin strips of animal hide that were used to stitch together larger pieces of hide and fur.
3. The sewing machine was invented in 1790 by Thomas Saint.
4. The Singer sewing machine was patented by Isaac Merritt Singer in 1851.
5. Singer's patent was the most dominant firm in the industry compared to other competitors.
6. Early sewing needles were made of bone and ivory.
7. "The whole nine yards," a common phrase, came from the fabric that was needed to make the fanciest coat for a man of fashion.
8. In the 20th century, more than 4,000 different kinds of sewing machines were made.
9. Women began forming sewing society's in the 1860's where they would gather together and make quilts to sell at church bazaars.
10. The 1950's are regarded as sewing's "golden age" because of a strong focus on fashion sewing, designer patterns, and copying Hollywood looks.
Sources: sewingmantra.com, sewmuchmore,biz, historytoday.com, sewnplace.com, sewretrothebook.com, encyclopedia.com