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IT’S NOT REALLY SMYTH SEWN UNLESS IT’S SAWN ON A SMYTH MACHINE Smyth’s initial production of book sewing machines began in 1879 when the IrishAmerican citizen Mr. David McConnell Smyth (1833 – 1907) obtained his first patent. In 1882 Smyth Manufacturing Company in Hartford, USA began the production of sewing machines, providing significant advancements in bookbinding technology.

David McConnell Smyth

Smyth Manufacturing Company in Hartford, CT


Original copy of the first patent obtained by David McConnell Smyth in 1879


The serial production began with the renowned book sewing machines equipped with curved needle. This is a technical feature that has distinguished Smyth machinery for 46 years. The curved needle Smyth Sewers stayed on the market until 1928 when Smyth launched its first straight needle semi-automatic sewing machine No. 12, achieving immediate market success. In 1941, as the demand for high-speed “two up� size straight needle book sewer grew, the new No. 18 was introduced in the market. A few years later, in 1945, Smyth developed fully automatic models of the No. 12 and No. 18.

Smyth book sewer No.1

Smyth book sewer No.3

Smyth book sewer No.7


And the product range started to widen…

Case maker

3 wing casing in machine

Three knife trimmer

Casing in machine

Cloth-cutting machine To be continued……

It's not really Smyth Sewn unless it's sewn on a Smyth Machine  

A piece of our history and a few shots from the past.