First Sewing Machine Delivered to Japan
Wheeler & Wilson Sewing Machine Company (1861)
This sewing machine, developed by Wheeler & Wilson Sewing Machine Company, is a prototype of lock stitch sewing machines that are used today. This machine is the same model as the one presented to the 13th Tokugawa Shogun lesada by Commodore Matthew C. Perry in 1854 as an American latest and expensive gift. It is said that lesada’s wife, Princess Atsu used that sewing machine.