Whilst Canada had only a relatively small number of sewing machine manufacturers several had significant production and exported large numbers of machines mainly to Great Britain and its colonies as well as to Europe. The father of the Canadian sewing machine industry was R. M. Wanzer who established a factory in 1858 at Hamilton. Later both the Williams Sewing Machine Company & the Singer Manufacturing Company established large factories at Montreal faced with such competion many of the small manufacturers went out of business.
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