Sawtooth Star Quilt

Who doesn’t love to make simple, traditional quilt blocks? Are you familiar with Sawtooth Star blocks? The Sawtooth Star is a traditional 8-point star (with probably many other names) and one of the most classic and versatile quilt blocks… Who sews without a machine today? Even in projects done “by hand”, at some point we go to the machine! We rarely do a project 100% by hand, do we?! But the fact is that almost every home has a sewing machine, even if no one there knows how to sew. But who was the author of this invention that was as useful as it was necessary? His invention was not that simple; it went through an evolutionary process involving imitations and battles for patents. There are many machine patent records between 1755 and 1834, none of which are effective.

Among the many attempts to make his work easier, an Austrian tailor, Joseph Madersperger, invented a mechanical hand. He patented it in 1814. This device did not make a very durable seam, as it used only one thread…but his idea reached the United States. There were many attempts to obtain an efficient machine. In 1830 a French tailor Barthelemy Thimonnier invented the first functional machine which, using only one thread source, made the chainstitch. But he was almost killed by a group of French tailors who burned his factory because they feared unemployment with the use of this machine. In 1834 Walter Hunt invented an efficient machine, but never patented it for fear of unemployment. In 1846 Elias Howe got the first patent for a machine that used a process of lines coming from two different sources. From then on, other inventors improved the designs, such as Isaac Merritt Singer and Allen Wilson.

In 1850 Isaac Merritt Singer began to market his machines for industrial use. There was a patent battle between Isaac Singer and Elias Howe. In 1854 Howe won the battle and Singer had to pay royalties to Howes. Singer built the first foot-powered machine. Previously they had been powered by hand cranks. In 1873 Helen Augusta Blanchard patented the first zig-zag sewing machine. In 1889 domestic sewing machines began to be marketed. Until then they were only used industrially. In 1905 electric sewing machines began to be used. Nowadays the machines have reached sophistications, many are electronic, unimaginable resources, but their primary mechanism of operation remains the same.

Let’s talk about the ideal machine for quilting – There are two types of sewing machines: stationary and mobile. The stationary machine is a machine that stays stationary, that stands still. On the other hand, a mobile machine is a machine that is moved. Within this category of stationary machines we have domestic machines and industrial machines. So a home quilting machine is the most common sewing machine to be found around. It can be an old-fashioned machine, like the first picture in this article (called 15c machine or grandma’s machine), or a more sophisticated domestic machine. The type of machine does not interfere in the quilting. You just need a machine that can sew straight, and that is exactly why any home machine will do! The machine does not need to have a decorative stitch, or buttonhole stitch, or start/stop, or thread trimming, nothing like that… In fact, it really only needs to do the straight stitch, so you can start quilting with any sewing machine you already have!


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