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Industrie des machines à coudre système américan perfectionées et construites par Ch. Callebaut.
1862. Paris & London, Mai 1862. 8vo. (18,2 x 12,0 cm). 31 pp. Illustrated with woodcuts (including 2 full-page). Published for the London World Fair 1862 with map of the exibition halls on the inside front cover. The "Expositions Universelles" or World Fairs were intended to show the latest innovations and inventions. The earliest of these fairs were held in France but were national. The first one of 1798 was the start of eleven national fairs. Sewing machines were invented during the first Industrial Revolution to decrease the amount of manual sewing work performed in clothing companies. Callebaut shows different models and explains the technqiue of them. Both full page illustrations of the factory show us what factories looked like at the time. At the 1862 exhibition about 50 types of sewing machine were on show on over 20 stands. M. Callebaut from Paris showed 'several modifications of shuttle sewing machines of the Singer type.' Callebaut was the Singer licencee in France (the only occasion on which the Singer Co granted a licence rather than manufacturing itself). Callebaut patented these modifications in France and Britain in his own name. Most of them apply to the Singer No. 2 machine and enabled it to have a reversible wheel feed for finishing seams, and to produce a 'herring-bone stitch' (zigzag) by moving the top feed presser foot from side to side. Another machine had twin needles on the same needle bar for making two lines of stitches on the top side and a zigzag on the underneath with a single shuttle thread. Not content with all these variants, M Callebaut exhibited some glove making machines of fearsome complexity using detached lengths of thread!
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