In an effort to "get a life" outside of work and my children, I have been experimenting with different hobbies. Last year I took up the cello. Having played the piano since I was seven and the guitar since I was a teen I figured it would be an easy task.
So now I am returning to my roots – sewing.
On this day in history, September 10, 1846, Elias Howe received a patent for the first sewing machine. An amazing invention that allowed women and girls to learn the art of making their own clothing, dolls and household items.
As a child, my mother sewed all my clothes. I longed for something store bought but in truth had a far nicer wardrobe because my mom was able to sew. In school we learned sewing basics and I took on my mother's enjoyment of sewing. I now make my daughter's clothes as well as stuffed animals and rag dolls. In turn I have taught my daughter as well and now we sew in tandem in our craft area.
I recently decided to take upand I am in the process of creating an amazing work of art for my bed. I say "work of art" because sewing machines have evolved into advanced computers that allow you to program in designs, set the fabric, push a button and voila! an amazing design stitched on your fabric.
I wonder what Elias would say about how his original invention as changed.
Change happens. What changes have occurred in your industry with intellectual property? How has it evolved? Is the original intention still the primary function?
Tip of the hat to Elias for his amazing invention which provide hours of enjoyment and wonderful work product.
Deborah Chaddock Brown