在1800年代早期，大多数人都很贫穷，自然也没有很多服饰店可以让他们为家人或自己购买衣服。在那个时候，所有东西都是自己用手工作的。每个家庭都自己一针一线缝制裤子、衬衫，与洋装。但是艾利司．哈维改变了这个生活习惯。哈维出生于1819年7月9日，他用另外一种方式来缝制衣服。他在1846年为美国第一架缝纫机申请了专利。也许你本来以为这个发明家的名字应该叫做「辛格」 (Singer) 吧？
In the early 1800s, most people didn't have the money, not to mention a choice of stores in which to buy clothes for themselves and their families. At that time, everything was made by hand. Families sewed their pants, shirts, and dresses using a needle and thread. But Elias Howe changed all that. Born on July 9, 1819, Howe came up with another way to make clothes. He patented the first practical American sewing machine in 1846. Maybe you thought the inventor was someone named Singer?