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Barthélemy Thimonnier

Inventor from France

Barthélemy Thimonnier, (August 19, 1793 in L'Arbresle, Rhône - July 5, 1857 in Amplepuis), was a French inventor, who invented the first sewing machine that replicated sewing by hand. In 1795, his family moved to Amplepuis. Thimonnier was the oldest of seven children. He studied for a while in Lyon, before going to work as a tailor in Panissières. Barthelemy Thimonnier married an embroideress in January 1822. In 1823, he settled in a suburb (or called a commutety) of Saint-Étienne and worked as a tailor there. In 1829, he invented the sewing machine and in 1830 he signed a contract with Auguste Ferrand, a mining engineer, who made the requisite drawings and submitted a patent application. The patent for his machine was issued on 17 July 1830 in the names of both men, supported by the French government. The same year, he opened (with partners) the first machine-based clothing manufacturing company in the world. It was supposed to create army uniforms. However, the factory was burned down, reportedly by workers fearful of losing work following the issuing of the patent. A model of the machine is exhibited at the London Science Museum. The machine is made of wood and uses a barbed  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Barthelemy Thimonnier
Date of birth
1793-08-19
Place of birth
L'Arbresle
Nationality
France
Profession
Inventor

Death

Date of death
1857-07-05
Place of death
Amplepuis

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