Historic Midcoast

Jun 22, 2014
Courtesy of: Penobscot Marine Museum/Coffin Collection

Sewing machines were eagerly accepted by sailmakers in the years after the Civil War but they had not made it to Thomaston's Washburn Sail Loft by 1892, where schooner sails were sewn entirely by hand. A good stitcher could sew 100 yards of seam in a day.

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