If you’re all excited about your new attire you’ve just shopped, who do you thank for it? No, not the brand that created it. Nor the tailor who works as part of the team that stitched the clothes for the brand. It’s the man who invented the sewing machine.

Rewind to the 1800s when many inventors had built many versions. But none of them functioned well. In fact, tailors from Germany, Austria and England were locked in a row for the patent of their version. American Elias Howe patented his two-thread process. But it was Isaac Singer who made significant improvements including the needle that was powered by the foot treadle, and patented it in 1851. Yes, his patent was dated October 9. The Singer machine soon became mass produced.

And the rest, as they say, is history. #Historic20Ten