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What is the history of safety pins and sewing needles, Let's fine out.

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

history of safety pins and sewing needles

History of safety pins and sewing needles

The history of needle making is ancient, dating back about 30,000 to 60,000 years. So it is difficult to tell the story of his creation. Many things can only be explained based on the information found by archaeologists. In the early days of human

civilization, humans relied heavily on hunting for food, and agriculture had not yet begun. When they see bone, deer horn, or ivory, they wonder if it can be used for something without throwing it away.

many antique stones

What you think is what you do. In the beginning, they used stones to make Batali, which they used to grind bones or horns, and learned how to make different tools.

grind bones, horns

So, at one time, they made a special tool of bone or horn with a hole in the head where the wire could be stuck to the narrow end. This is an old version of our favorite index. So I understand that people invented the needle before agriculture.

Sculptures and horns are popular nowadays because they are more durable and flexible than wood or stone. After that, he slowly started to get better. Needles were also made of copper before the Bronze Age. After the beginning of the Bronze Age around 3300 BC. J.-C., it is believed that the needle was made of iron or copper.

The iron needle dates back to the 14th century. My brand needle appeared on the market around the 15th century. And in the middle of the 19th century, needles were made of iron. You have our modern index.

a sewing pin

Almost all of us are familiar with the term security pin. It may go without saying what it is for.

3 safety pins

People have been using this safety pin for thousands of years but under different names. Many years ago, these types of things were called brooches or brooches.


Brooches or amulets are found in the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations, which they used to fasten clothes or things. Little by little, it also grows.

In 1796, Walter Hunt was born in New York City. After graduation, he started farming. Currently, he is working in the development of parts in a textile factory nearby. After that, he invented many other machines and made useful changes. But, either his business knowledge is weak or he didn't think about money. An invented the machine used to provide water to pay off a loan.

the first ever safety pin

Around 1849. Mr. Hunt borrowed $15 from a man. He couldn't pay anything back, as creditors sometimes raided the house. Suddenly, a thought came to my mind. In the thread, he made it as a hook and head in three hours of effort, then he managed to hold the needle head and the hook and screw. This modern safety pin design is perfect. Mr. Hunt then listed it in his name and sold it to the recipient for $400. From there the design went to 'W. And. & Company. This company has done a lot of business with Hunt's plan. However, some changes were made to Hunt's plan in 1870. A security guard was added to the headquarters area. Hence the name of the substance became Safetipin.

This is how we got the modern safety pin that we use to attach clothes or valuables.

The history of needlework is as old as that of sewing. It will be stitched with a needle. The history of weaving is considered to be more than 2000 years. What else by hand? What about machines?

Around the year 1755, Charles Whisentile began to invent the sewing machine. His efforts were unsuccessful due to a lack of details although he made a useful list for the machine.

Barthelemy Chimney was successful, although many others continued to try. By the 1830s, he was very active.

antique sewing machine sketch

Angry workers burned down his factory, thinking it would put the sewing machines out of business. Mr. Chimney is alive, but his research has not progressed.

Then, around 1834, Walter Hunt, the inventor of our safety pin, invented the modern sewing machine.

modern sewing machine

But Mr. Hunt is not as powerful as before. He did not patent his invention, fearing unemployment. However, another American, Elias Howe, did not think it necessary to show such generosity. Around 1846, he invented his sewing machine. Elias Howe invented the modern sewing machine.

 modern sewing machine.

A few years later, Isaac Singer built a successful sewing machine around 1850.

 modern sewing machine.

Although the process of weaving is similar, there are some differences in Howe and Singer's principles. But in typical fashion, Mr. Howe took the matter out of court. The war started with a cloth iron. That's when Singer brought up an article from 20 years ago, saying that since Walter Hunt was the first to come up with the style, Hunt should get the copyright. But Hunt didn't accept anything. He showed no interest in the matter. Singer would have benefited greatly if Hunt had been on the right track. The singer had nothing else to do. The court decided to convict Elias Howe. In 1854 Elias Howe also received a patent for an i-point needle that could be used in machines.

descriving a pin

Losing in court, Singer had to make a deal. Elias Howe had to buy the property from him and pay for a share in the company.

The two fought fiercely, and the modern hand-sewing machine was invented. And that is the path of failure of the past. Later, many other scientists invented the iron used today. Walter Hunt is a complete mystery, the true creator of the Alavola group.


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Thanks for sharing this informative piece on needles and pins. It's very enlightening.😎

Gellis Jerome-Milandou
Gellis Jerome-Milandou

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