This is a video of about 20 minutes, made by a British TV station in conjunction with the British Science Museum, on the evolution of the sewing machine -- made of metal with metal cams, levers, needles, etc. I found it interesting and entertaining, hope you do too.
I enjoyed it too. Many people seem to think Mr Singer invented the domestic sewing machine, but the video mentions the what I think was the real reason for his success - he introduced buying on credit. Otherwise far fewer households could have managed to purchase what must have been a very big investment in the early days, but justifiable in terms of how much money and time could be saved.
For a really good treatise on how to repair domestic sewing machines, complete with charming and perfectly descriptive hand-drawn illustrations, have you seen "Robinson's Sewing Machine Repair Manual"?
Yeah, it really looks like he had full artistic freedom in making this series! Lucky dog. I nearly laffed my ass off when he tried to hold back the water coming thru the solenoid valve in the washing machine show. The show is so real. That stuff really happens! "Connections" is another show that was very cool also. Tom
"t.hoehler" wrote in news:D8idnXKFXvZ1JDfYnZ2dnUVZ firstname.lastname@example.org:
Connections was a great show! I think the Science Channel played the entire series end to end a while back and I got all the episodes on a couple of DVDs :) Have to dig them out and watch em again. I also like his series, 'The Day the Universe Changed' even got the book to go with the series.