Foldable Sewing Machine by Richard Burrow

Foldable Sewing Machine by Richard Burrow at New Designers

Plymouth University graduate Richard Burrow presents a folding sewing machine at London graduate show New Designers this week.

Foldable Sewing Machine by Richard Burrow

Burrow created the conceptual prototype to remove some of the rigmarole from carrying out simple clothing repairs at home.

Foldable Sewing Machine by Richard Burrow

The machine would be less bulky and awkward to store than conventional machines, and lighter and simpler to take out and assemble. It would include only the basic functions required for alterations and repairs with simplified controls so users wouldn't be daunted or waste time figuring out how to use it.

Foldable Sewing Machine by Richard Burrow

New Designers continues at the Building Design Centre in Islington until 7 July and showcases the work of over 3500 graduate designers. Read more details about the show in our earlier story and check out photos from the first day in our album on Facebook. Look out for Dezeen Watch Store at stand M21!

Here's some more information from Burrow:


Foldable Sewing Machine

Too often we are encouraged to throw away something when it is broken, and replace it with something new. Clothing items are regularly thrown as we believe its often cheaper to replace than repair. When in most cases it isn’t. Sewing Machines are often designed in a similar way, with many being over designed with far too many features. They are also big, and bulky. The Foldable Sewing Machine has the ability to fold flat for easy storage and transportation, along with only including the features necessary for using a sewing machine.