Barran's Cloth Cutting Machine

Yorkshire Film Archive

Yorkshire Film Archive
York, United Kingdom

John Barran established his tailoring business in Leeds in 1842, and expanded to a factory in 1851 following the arrival of the sewing machine to Britain from America. To increase productivity in the factory, he invented a machine that could cut many layers of cloth to an exact measurement at once. More inventions followed, including a counter-weighted iron and a foot control for power machines, which are still used by trade today.


  • Title: Barran's Cloth Cutting Machine
  • Rights: Photo courtesy of Picture Sheffield

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