An Invisible Stitch Machine

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An Invisible Stitch Machine

From: The Journal of Domestic Appliances August 1, 1902


The following telegram appeared in The Daily Telegraph of 18th July


The New Jersey Court of Pardons has ordered the release of a prisoner named Charles Filer, who is serving a term of ten years, in order that he may take up the manufacture of a lock-stitch sewing machine invented by him while in jail.

Filer is the inventor of several machines, but his latest contrivance is declared to be one of the most valuable of recent years . With it silk or fabric of any kind can be sewn without the stitching showing through on the face of the goods. The machine has been in successful operation in the tailoring shops of the prison for several months, and Filer obtained a patent on it a few weeks ago.

A company, with a capitalisation of 1,000,000 dollars, was granted a charter by the State today to manufacture the machine, and has paid Filer 50,000 dollars in cash, together with a large block of stock of the corporation, and has given a bond to the Court of Pardons to insure against his falling by the wayside again.


The Daily Express of July 19th contained the following


The Express telegram of yesterday from New York stating that a convict while in prison had invented a new lock-stitch machine which would cause a revolution in the trade has caused a stir among the manufacturers in London.

An expert at the Singer Manufacturing Company told an Express representative yesterday that if the invention proved to be a new method of sewing two pieces of thin material together without the stitch showing through at the back, it would be of enormous value.

"With our machines," he said, "we are able to stitch the hem at the bottom of a pair of trousers without the stitch coming through to the outside."

"One could not do the same with a thin piece of silk, for instance, as the needle would be bound to go through."