Elias Howe Jr.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Elias Howe Jr., was born in Spencer, Massachusetts back in 1819 to Elias Sr., and Polly.  He apprenticed in a textile factory in Lowell before moving to Cambridge in 1837. There he found work as a mechanic with a carding company. The next year we worked for Ari Davis as a master mechanic specializing in the manufacture and repair of chronometers and other precision instruments.

He married Elizabeth Ames in 1841.  In 1851, he received a patent that would make him a millionaire and I may add is still in use to this day.  He won a gold medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1867 for his invention.  He was awarded the Legion d’honneur by Napoleon III for his invention.  Sadly, that same year he died of gout and a massive blood clot.

Now, you may be asking yourself what in the world did he invent?  While he was not the first to conceive the idea, the refinements he made won him the first official patent for a sewing machine that used the lockstitch design. I’m sure you ladies who about that, as a man I’m clueless.

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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Sep 18, 2020 03:04 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 


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Sep 18, 2020 03:52 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... as a woman, I was also clueless until I saw Barbara Todaro's picture. 

Sep 18, 2020 04:09 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Like you,don’t know one stitch from another. Enjoy your day 

Sep 18, 2020 04:18 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I did learn how to darn socks and use the needle to get slivers out and pop a blister!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 18, 2020 04:37 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - refinements are a good thing as attempts at building a better mousetrap(or anything else).  Of course, when I saw the name Howe in your post title, I thought of AR member Lise Howe.

Sep 18, 2020 04:47 AM #6
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

That's one name I recognized immediately! I have 4 sewing machines. Thank you, James!

Sep 18, 2020 04:56 AM #7
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Well, from the name I think I understand the principle, but have no idea how that works. 

Sep 18, 2020 05:04 AM #8
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't know what that means, but my Mom knows all about sewing.  I am glad Barbara Todaro provided us some further education!

Sep 18, 2020 05:51 AM #9
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Even as a guy I understand the importance of this invention James Dray .  I believe without it if you pulled a thread the entire seam would go with it.

Sep 18, 2020 05:56 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - for once when I saw the name I instantly knew.  Does anyone have a sewing machine anymore.

Sep 18, 2020 06:21 AM #11
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Another great story of Americans finding a way to make things better. Hope we do not lose that under socialism.

Sep 18, 2020 07:48 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am definitely clueless on sewing machines.  I can recognize one, however! Happy Friday.  A

Sep 18, 2020 07:55 AM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I took boy's home education in high school and am still clueless. I enjoy the benefits and am thankful for the invention 

Happy Friday James Dray 

Sep 18, 2020 08:36 AM #14
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well you got me on that one I was guessing Singer since our office is on Singer Island FL.

Sep 18, 2020 08:36 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

hi James- I would not have a clue about that!! But believe it or not, Larry is more familiar with a sewing machine. He sewed a lightweight tent using a sewing machine. 

Sep 18, 2020 11:14 AM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I imagine there are a number of people who were clueless unless they sew. Sounds like a pretty good invention and fortunately he made some money on it.

Have a great weekend!


Sep 18, 2020 11:45 AM #17
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

OK I was wondering if your information is correct or not I thought it was the Germans you know SINGER??? but if you say an MA native I am sure we will give you the benefit of the doubt... right Barbara Todaro ??:))Endre

Sep 18, 2020 11:37 PM #18
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I haven't figured out whether this Howe is part of my family but I would be happy to claim him!  I remember that my son was on a high school academic bowl show and this was a question - he didn't know the answer! 

Sep 19, 2020 05:15 AM #19
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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As always, James gives us an education with his post. You may or may not be aware of what Elias Howe Jr is famous for before reading this, but you soon will be.

Sep 20, 2020 03:58 PM #20
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