Biography: Ellis Howe was granted the first patent for a sewing machine in America. Trained as an instrument and watch maker, Howe publicly unvieled his invention in 1845 and received a patent the following year. Unable to find financial backing in America, he went to England, where he produced his machines in colaboration with William Thomas. He returned to America to find others, including Issac Singer, using his innovations. In 1865, he established the Howe Machine Company in Bridgeport, Conneticut.