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Elias Howe is often credited with inventing the sewing machine because he held patents for it in 1844. But models had been built long before that—the earliest functional model in France, in 1830.

Bathelemy Thimonnier created the first working sewing machine. People were afraid that the sewing machine would eliminate the need for hand stitchers, causing people to lose their jobs, and Thimonnier's factory was burned down and his machines destroyed. He fled to England to escape any further persecution, but he is truly the inventor of the first working sewing machine.

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