Today, June 13th is sewing machine day! (Whoooo!)
The sewing machine has existed in many forms since 1755 (258 years!) and many variations were invented and patented over time eventually leading to a "patent war" in the 1850s between Isaac Singer and Elias Howe.
Singer won but had to pay out Howe with some of his earnings as Howe owned the original patent. Even though it was 20 years old at the time.