Embroidery is as old as sewing itself.  With wear and tear in clothes, people began mending torn clothes using reinforced sewing techniques and patching them to make it strong, ensuring that the stitch did not give in during rough use.

embroidery-hoop

The earliest machine embroidery used a combination of machine looms and teams of women embroidering the textiles by hand. This was done in France by the mid 1800’s. The manufacture of machine-made embroideries in St. Gallen in eastern Switzerland flourished in the latter half of the 19th century.  The development of machine embroidery and its mass production came about in stages in the Industrial Revolution.