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Threading the needle…at the airport

A  history of the domestic sewing machine is not really what you expect to see when moseying along the travelator in a pre/post flight haze at the airport, so you can imagine my delight when I cruised on by this exhibition at San Francisco’s international terminal.

The exhibition documents the development of the domestic sewing machine from the 1850s to the 1970s, and features decades of pattern illustrations, sewing boxes, needle cases and pin cushions – all displayed against canary yellow backdrops. A fascinating diversion between flights!

Threading the Needle: Sewing in the Machine Age can be found in Terminal 3 of San Francisco’s international airport for the next couple of weeks, but if you’re not lucky enough to be flying by, you can see a highlight of some of the objects on display here.

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