Reed Blake (1835 - 1883)
Lyman Reed Blake was an American
inventor who invented a sewing
machine for sewing the soles of shoes to the uppers. Blake worked for
the Isaac Singer's sewing machine company, setting up sewing machines
in shoe factories. In 1856, Blake bought a partnership in a shoemaking
company, after that he became dedicated to inventing machines that mechanized
shoemaking. In 1858, he received a patent for his special sewing machine.
He sold his patent to Gordon McKay in 1859 and worked for McKay from 1861
until his retirement in 1874, selling and installing his machines in
factories throughout New England.
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