Madersperger, Joseph

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Madersperger, Joseph Gender: M
born on 6 October 1768 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Kufstein, Austria, 47n35, 12e10
Timezone LMT m12e10 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Müller
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 13°42' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 25°10 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 18°54'

Joseph Madersperger


Austrian tailor. He is one of the inventors of the sewing machine.

In 1790 his father and he relocated to Vienna because his parents' house in Tirol burned down. In 1807 he began development of the sewing machine, spending all his savings and leisure time. In 1814 he presented his first sewing machine, which imitated a human hand. Madersperger did not commercialize the 1815 granted privilege which expired after 3 years. By 1823 he was registered in the Himmelpfortgasse 14 as "former" middle-class tailor.

After several unsuccessful attempts to improve the sewing machine, in 1839 he built a machine imitating the weaving process using the chain stitch. Madersperger was out of money, so he could not set up a factory. He donated the prototype to the k.k. polytechnical institute ( the predecessor of the technical university ). In 1841 he received a bronze medal from the lower Austrias business society.

Madersperger died on 2 October 1850, Vienna.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Arno Müller, vol 2


  • Vocation : Business : Other Business (tailor)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (sewing machine.)