The development of sewing machine plays an important role in the garment industry. Sewing machine vary from simple tailor’s model, home sewing machines, interlock stitch machine to highly developed com-puterized electric sewing machine. The team work of many inventors made the sewing machine to come into existence. During the industrial revolution in 1790, Thomas Saint invented sewing machine to stitch leather. In 1851, an American named Isaac Merritt Singer started a large scale sewing machine industry. Sewing machine came to India in the year 1935 for the first time Usha Sewing Machine was made by J.J.Engineering Company. Throughout the world many industries have introduced different type of sewing machines. Each sewing machine has its own use and characteristics. The most common varieties of sewing machines are:
· Embroidery Machine
· Button Hole Machine
· Button Attachment Machine
· Bar Tacking Machine
· Over Edging Machine
· Lock Stitch Sewing Machine
There are special machine which are used to attach piping, binding and ruffles.
Today most of these machines are electrical operated. Computerized machines are also available.