I just started working with a new sewing student who has inherited a Singer Spartan. The machine is old, delicate and is housed in its own piece of furniture. It sews nicely, having been recently serviced, and I’m pleased that my student is trying it out before investing in a new machine. The machine with its very attractive real-wood table makes me think of how far we’ve come with sewing. Here’s a picture of an early sewing machine — can you imagine having this “accent piece” in your sewing room?!
This machine was invented by Josef Madersperger, a tailor in Vienna, Austria in 1816, and since it also sewed in circles, it might have been an early embroidery machine.