Following an intensive judging process, Sarah’s innovative redesign of the traditional sewing machine has been selected as one of 15 contenders for the James Dyson Award 2012.
The international design award runs in 18 countries. It is led by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to encourage the next generation of design engineers to challenge, invent and be creative.
Sarah’s entry, known as Alto, removes problems found in older designs of sewing machines, which make it more user-friendly. The new prototype tackles issues such as the ease of threading the machine, how to co-ordinate the speed of sewing and the space available around the machine to manoeuvre material.
A recent graduate from the Loughborough Design School, Sarah recently exhibited Alto at the School’s annual Degree Show as well as the UK Graduate New Designers Exhibition at the Business Design Centre in Islington.
Karl Hurn from the University Design School and Sarah’s dissertation supervisor said:
“Sarah’s holistic approach to the design and development of her sewing machine not only focussed on the innovations in user experience she could provide to her target users, but also technical and mechanical innovations that could improve its operation and manufacture. These are the hallmarks of a Loughborough Design School final year student project”
The winner of the award will be announced in November.