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Quilting Attachment for Sewing-Machines

Description: Patent for "a simple, novel, and convenient frame capable of being attached to any pattern of sewing-machine and adapted to carry the top and lining of a quilt to the needle" (lines 12-15).
Date: April 2, 1889
Creator: Mandeville, Charles
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Quilting Attachment for Sewing Machines.

Description: Patent for a new and improved quilting attachment for sewing machines. This design "has for its object to connect the quilting-frame and the sewing-machine so that the action of the machine will automatically propel the quilting frame; and it consists in the construction, combination, and arrangement of the several parts" (lines 17-22).
Date: September 26, 1882
Creator: German, Francis M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sewing Machine Attachment

Description: Patent for a sewing machine attachment that "aims to provide an attachment for use in connection with any sewing machine combining means for hemming, tucking, and braiding, the several parts being adjustable to admit of making hems any width and tucks any size and distance apart, the device being simple and comprising a minimum number of parts" (lines 9-16). Illustration included.
Date: June 9, 1903
Creator: Fain, Eliza Jane
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hand Propelling Device for Sewing Machines.

Description: Patent for a new and improved crank for sewing machines. This design "is to provide propelling device for sewing-machines and similar treadle-power machines which shall dispense with the treadle-action and injurious strain which its use imposes . . . It consists in a rod jointed to the fly-wheel after the manner of a pitman, but which, instead of connecting with a treadle, is fashioned into a handle, which extends obliquely upward toward the operator, and is combined with and held in place by a guide-frame made in the form of a pendent metal loop with flanged ends and screw-holes" (lines 8-21).
Date: April 10, 1888
Creator: Beaird, Kate Palmer
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sewing Machine Table.

Description: Patent for a new and improved table for sewing machines. This design "consists in the construction and novel arrangement of the divided opening in the top, the bearing-bar extending across the same below its level, the hinged sewing machine plate or support, the hinged filling-section and its under-folding hinged extension, whereby the top may be entirely closed over the machine" (lines 20-27).
Date: July 26, 1881
Creator: Williamson, Weldon Jones
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ruffling Attachment for Sewing Machines.

Description: Patent for a new and improved ruffling attachment for sewing machines. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the flat main plate having the loop, of the ruffling-plate having its side at one end turned over parallel with its main portion, and provided with a spring tongue or plate that is inserted in the loop" (lines 59-63).
Date: July 8, 1884
Creator: Lauraine, Eugene G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Needle Threader for Sewing Machines.

Description: Patent for a new and improved sewing-machine needle-threader. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the slide-bearing of the needle-bar, of the slide, its stop and spring, and the pivoted funnel-guide having a squared bearing to engage the spring, and a face-groove in its small end to engage the needle" (lines 73-78).
Date: September 2, 1884
Creator: Bellah, William N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sewing Machine.

Description: Patent for a new and improved sewing machine. This design calls for a clamp and a needle with a bend toward the eye so that the needle may easily be adjusted and changed out, depending on the task at hand.
Date: July 26, 1881
Creator: Fuqua, Marcellus B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Engraving-Machine

Description: Patent for improvements "in the peculiar construction and combination of [engraving machines]" (lines 10-11).
Date: November 19, 1889
Creator: Eberhardt, Theophilus Charles
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Quilting-Frame.

Description: Patent for a quilting frame designed to be used with a sewing machine and "which may be easily set up and be supported from the floor, and not in any manner mar or injure the walls or ceilings." (Lines 15-18) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: December 10, 1895
Creator: Click, John J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mattress-Sewing Machine

Description: Patent for providing "means whereby the ticking may be held and properly presented to the stitching-machine, and whereby the latter may be fed along the edge of the filled tick and caused to operate thereon. . . [providing] simple means whereby a binding may be laid upon the united edges of the tick by the advance of the sewing-machine as the latter is fed along the edge, said binding being attached by the same stitching which closes the opening in the ticking. . .[and providing] means whereby the raw edges of the ticking may beheld and stretched, and whereby when properly aligned they may also be clamped along their entire extent and held in proper position for stitching (lines 10-29).
Date: October 28, 1890
Creator: Stephenson, Edwin N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Attachment for Sewing Machines.

Description: Patent for a new and improved attachment for sewing machines. This design "is to prevent the presser-foot from catching in the fibers of the material as the same is being sewed" (lines 13-15). It is "composed of a sheet-metal plate bent upon itself to form a loop and having an integral arm extending from the upper edge of the loop out of the plane thereof and having its free end concaved" (lines 93-97).
Date: November 18, 1890
Creator: Tynes, Minor E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Needle.

Description: Patent for improvements in needles: "is to provide a ready means for cutting to the twine, thread, or cord carried by a needle" (lines 15-17).
Date: September 14, 1897
Creator: Posey, Robert H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Bears on Saturday]

Description: Embossed color postcard depicting two bears sitting in chairs and doing some mending. The male bear holds up some pants with patches on them and the female bear is sewing a small article of clothing. A spool of thread lays on the floor. Written on the card is " Busy Bears on Saturday". There is no correspondence on the back.
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of Joe E. Haynes

Sewing Awl

Description: Patent for a sewing awl. Illustration included.
Date: June 23, 1908
Creator: Morgan, John W. & Luckenbach, Louis C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sewing-Machine Brake.

Description: Patent for a new and useful sewing machine brake to "prevent retrograde rotary movement of the shaft" (line 9 - 10).
Date: April 5, 1898
Creator: Weaver, John Robert
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Men in Auto and Carriage Dept.]

Description: Photograph of two men in a garage with a carriage and a car in it in Wilson County, Texas. The man to the right sits at a sewing machine, and the man to the left leans against a carriage. The handwritten note at the bottom of the photo reads "Auto & Carrage [sic] top Dept."
Date: unknown
Partner: Wilson County Historical Society