Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Sewing Machines

The SoftWear system uses an overhead 'pick and place' robot system to move garments betwee...

U.S. military uniforms may not be the most fashionable of clothes, but there are a lot of them. Every year, the Pentagon spends US$4 billion on uniforms and over 50,000 people are employed in their production. In an effort to cut costs and increase efficiency, DARPA has awarded a US$1.25 million contract SoftWear Automation, Inc. to develop “complete production facilities that produce garments with zero direct labor is the ultimate goal" - in other words, a robot factory that can make uniforms from beginning to end without human operators.  Read More

The Attach-a-tag can label clothes in seconds.

The Attach-a-tag is a clever way to label clothes. It consists of an applicator and a small button (or tag) that is laser-etched with the garment owner’s name. The tag is attached to a seam or brand label by the ergonomic hand-held applicator using a push and twist movement. The laser-etching is clear, resists fading and wear and can withstand industrial washing temperatures and dry cleaning. The tags can also be easily removed if the clothing is worn out or if your child has a (another!) growth spurt.  Read More

The Spiral Eye makes easy work of threading a sewing needle

Considering that sewing is supposedly a relaxing pastime, isn’t it odd that the very first step in the process – threading the sewing needle – can be so difficult? That’s exactly what Minnesota inventor, Pam Turner thought and that’s why she designed the Spiral Eye needle. It’s a sewing needle that allows the user to simply slide a looped thread towards the needle eye where it is caught and then pulled into the eye. Easy, stress-free and so simple - you wonder why it's taken this long to create.  Read More

Brother showed-off its Entrepreneur embroidery machine at CES 2010

A new product from Brother - which is on display at CES 2010 this week - could revolutionize crafting for the home sewer. The Entrepreneur offers all the features of a home embroidery machine but can also transfer designs and photos via a USB stick or computer. A large high-definition, color touch-screen lets you select, edit and move designs and it also offers a wide-angle visibility range so you can see your embroidery creation come to life. And with a speed of up to 1000 stitches per minute, this little beauty can create designs in a flash.  Read More

Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond

With a name suggesting it could conquer all, the Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond is a sewing and embroidery machine for high-end sewing enthusiasts. According to Husqvarna Viking, it offers the largest and brightest, interactive VGA touch screen available in the sewing industry.  Read More

Singer Curvy(TM) Sewing Machines

February 13, 2008 Singer, the company that invented the world’s first portable sewing machine in 1921 and its first computer-controlled machine in 1978, has released a new line designed to eliminate two of sewing's key frustrations - threading the sewing machine and threading the bobbin.  Read More

Singer's Futura CE250 sewing and embroidery machine

July 26, 2007 The Singer company has a spectacular and storied history of firsts. Founded in 1851, the iconic company produced the world’s first portable sewing machine in 1921, and built and then demolished the world’s first and tallest skyscraper on the site of New York’s World Trade Center as its head office. Singer was one of America’s first truly globally marketed brands with an unprecedented advertising budget, and the company made the first computer-controlled sewing machine in 1978. Now, Singer has built on its impressive past by creating a sewing and embroidery machine that allows you to design a multi-coloured embroidery pattern on a PC, and “print” it directly to the fabric through a USB connection. The new Singer Futura machine is designed to make complex and beautiful embroidery a simple, quick and controllable task for any home craftsperson, and brings the old-world craft into a distinctly new-age technology.  Read More

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