Madersperger, Josef

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Madersperger, Josef 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'

Josef Madersperger


Austrian tailor who was 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, aged 81, in Vienna.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Arno Müller, vol 2, has 12 Noon. Grazia Bordoni's Science database quotes Taeger for 11:48 AM.

Sy Scholfield quotes 10 AM from "Der Siegeszug der Nähmaschine: Von Madersperger und seinen österreichischen Nachfolgern" by Kurt Rayner, Universum: Natur und Technik, Volume 14 (1959), p. 570: "Am 6. Oktober 1768 um 10 Uhr vormittags wurde dem Ehepaar Georg und Gertraud Madersperger in Kufstein ein gesunder Sohn geschenkt, der noch am gleichen Tage auf den Namen Josef getauft wurde." (Translation: On 6 October 1768, at 10 o'clock in the morning, a healthy son was given to the couple Georg and Gertraud Madersperger in Kufstein, who was baptized the same day with the name of Josef).


  • Vocation : Business : Other Business (Tailor)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Sewing machine)