The Sewing Machine

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The Sewing Machine

The invention of the sewing machine during the American Industrial Revolution had its positive effects and its negative ones.  Using sewing machines in factories to make clothes and shoes completely changed this part of industry as it was easier and faster to make these items.  While production grew and prices of these items went lower, workers suffered the consequences.  They got paid less, had less freedom and were often forced to work in poor conditions.  Many of these workers also lost their jobs altogether.  Soon enough, electric motors were added to the sewing machines and sweat shops were created.  These conditions led to the rise of labor unions and government reforms for the American workplace.  In reality, the negatives eventually led to more positives for workers and the industrial workplaces.