Sew Cool! SFO’s History of Sewing Exhibit


You don’t have to be a domestic goddess – or know a needle from a thread – to appreciate SFO’s new exhibit, Threading the Needle: Sewing in the Machine Age. 

Dubbed the queen of all inventions (pre-computer era), the show chronicles the domestic sewing machine from the 1850s through the 1970s. Channel your inner DIY-er as you ogle relic machinery more museum-worthy than you’d ever expect from a utilitarian household labor saver. Vintage pattern illustrations, poster ads, homemade fashions, pincushions, sewing boxes, and other accoutrements are also on display.

Make a point to check it out: Terminal 3, F2 North Connect Gallery, through August 2012. Here are a few highlights:

(Above: Singer Sewing Machine 1895-1899).

(Above: Jones Sewing Machine, early 1880s)

(Above: Wilcox and Gibbs Sewing Machine, early 1900s)

(Above: Singer Poster Advertisement, 1892)

(Above: Demorest Trade Card, 1860s-70s)

(Above: Ina Sewing Machine, 1940s)

(Above: Morse Sewing Machine, 1950s)

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