It always is of interest how much know-how we may have forgotten mostly because of not knowing the history of technology advancement that is still relevant today.
Technology has its own pace of involvement. Personally, I embrace (sensible) the advancement of technological solutions and will continue to comment upon things that make a difference to the product in favor of the consumer.
Through this journey, I am embarrassed to say that the contributions of Gibbs to the development of the apparel fashion industry may have been overlooked by the history books and maybe we can add Gibbs‘s contributions to the Hall of Fame.
The height of the top of the treadle is 28 inches (71.12 cm) which means that users in that era had different anthropometric data than today. Older equipment that was mass-produced can be used to define the average size of the user at the time of manufacture. (By the way, today’s standard for height of bathroom tops is 36 inches (91.44 cm) according to recent code and practice.)
History teaches us about the people, technology, entrepreneurship, and many more aspects of life that are the relevant aspects of today. Furthermore, the significant breakaway for the sewing business came in the latter part of the 1850s to early 1860s with the Gibbs invention. While the company Willcox & Gibbs does not produce sewing machines today, its place in history is most relevant.