A machine for sewing.
Apparatus for the mechanical sewing of cloth, leather, and other materials by a needle, powered by hand, treadle, or belted electric motor. The popular lockstitch machine, using a double thread, was invented independently in the US by both Walter Hunt 1834 and Elias Howe 1846. Howe's machine was the basis of the machine patented 1851 by US inventor Isaac Singer.
In modern microprocessor-controlled sewing machines, as many as 25 different stitching patterns can be selected by push button.