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Helen Augusta Blanchard (Oct 25, 1840 – Jan 12, 1922), inventor

I f you’ve ever used a zigzag sewing machine, then you have Helen Augusta Blanchard to thank. Born to a wealthy Maine family in 1840, she put her technical knowledge and flair

for inventing to good use after her family lost its fortune. She filed 22 patents in total, many still relevant today, and the majority of which involved sewing machines.

One of Helen Blanchard's original zig-zag buttonhole sewing machines as seen at the Smithsonian

Pencil sharpener patent Photo: U.S. Patent Office

She filed 22 patents in total, many still relevant today, and the majority of which involved sewing machines. 18

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Early Sewing Machine

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2019 WICE awards and summit summary.

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2019 WICE awards and summit summary.

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