Before the first functioning sewing machine was developed by French Tailor Barthelemy Thimonnier in 1830, the first sewing needles were made of bones or animal horns. The principal eyed needle didn't make its debut until the 15th century.
There had been several attempts at patenting a machine, Thimonnier was the first to succeed at creating a contraption that used only one thread and a hooked needle creating a continuous stitch to bind two pieces of cloth together. Out of fear of unemployment a group of French tailors burnt his garment factory down and nearly killed the inventor. YIKES!!!