Sewing Machine Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

The sewing machine is one of the most important inventions in modern history. This lesson plan uses a text lesson to present the history of the sewing machine. An activity familiarizes students with the early appeal of the sewing machine.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss key figures in the history of the sewing machine
  • describe the inventions that predated the sewing machine
  • list the factors that led to the mass production of sewing machines


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.


Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.


  • A small hand-sewn item or article of clothing
  • A small machine-sewn item or article of clothing
  • Paper copies of the text lesson History of the Sewing Machine
  • Paper copies of the worksheet from the associated text lesson
  • Printed examples of early sewing machine advertisements (easily found in a quick Internet search)
  • Paper
  • Markers

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