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TOOLS 4 LIFE BY DR. JIM COYLE The Power of Sandpaper Sandpaper has a purpose to smooth out roughness. The coarse of the sandpaper depends on the surface that needs to be sanded and smoothed. The greatest reward from a relationship is not what we get out of it but what we become through it. If we can focus on conflict as a chance to grow rather than the pain and bleeding from the process we can become mature and complete through it. The struggles we have in life make our surface very rough. The relationships we have not only sand our edges but they allow us to be smooth to engage with others. Here are a few things to think about. • • •

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“Stitch your stress away” seems like sound advice. How much do you know about the machine that allows you the privilege? Read along and see! • Although the word “Singer” is synonymous with sewing machine, Singer’s machine was far from the first one on the market. European inventors were devising mechanical sewing machines as early as the mid-1700s, with most designed for making shoes. In the United States, Elias Howe, Jr. patented his first sewing machine in 1846, one with a lockstitch mechanism, capable of sewing 250 stitches per minute. His invention moved the world toward mass production of clothing, lowering the cost of clothes and making it more readily available. • Isaac Merritt Singer patented his first machine in 1851, incorporating Howe’s lockstitch mechanism into his machine. Howe sued Singer for patent infringement and won the suit, and Singer was ordered to pay royalties to Howe, making Howe a very wealthy man. • Isaac Singer lived on his own from the age of 11. He had a love of the theater and joined a troupe of traveling stage performers and earned his living as an actor for more than 20 years. When ticket sales were slow, he worked as a machinist in his brother’s shop. In 1839, he obtained his first patent, one for a machine that drilled rock, which he sold to a canal building company for $2,000. With a financial cushion in place, he returned to the stage. • Eleven years later, at age 38, using $40 borrowed from a friend, Singer presented his sewing machine, the first one practical for home use, which became the model for all future machines. It incorporated a needle that moved up and down rather than side to side as previous models did, resulting in a great reduction in needle breakage. He also replaced the arm crank with a foot pedal, and later added a carrying case. His innovations resulted in a machine that could produce 900 stitches per minute. • Singer unveiled his improved model at the 1855 World’s Fair in Paris, earning first prize. Before long, there were several Singer factories in New York. Perhaps Singer’s most important contribution was his marketing technique. With the goal of putting a machine in every American home, Singer demonstrated his machine at numerous country fairs and other gatherings, using his flair for the dramatic to entice buyers. He hired traveling salesmen, but most importantly, introduced an installment payment plan for the $99 machine, enabling those with lower incomes to purchase the machine, and he also included a trade-in allowance in his shrewd marketing plan. Due to the expense, women frequently pooled their money and purchased one machine jointly, shared by all. • Isaac Singer retired 14 years after he invented the sewing machine and moved to England, where he built a magnificent 115room mansion, complete with a separate theater and riding stables. • The Singer Company introduced the world’s first computer-controlled sewing machine, the Touchtronic, in 1978.


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