Sewing Machine Contest

U.S. Sewing Machine Contest

So there’s probably an old foot-powered sewing machine in your family or in your kampung. Do you know who first used and what they sewed? Who wore the clothing? Was it for the family or a business?

We are running a contest to collect these stories of one of the first U.S. products in Brunei.

Please ask your older family members about their memories of sewing machines from an American company (for example, Singer or Flying Man) and reply to our USEmbassyBSB Instagram contest post [link in Rules below]. Sending photos of your family’s machine is a nice addition but is not necessary (and is not part of the contest).

The 10 most interesting responses will receive a pair of historic sewing machine shirts for you and the person who told you the machine’s story, and a U.S. Embassy tote bag.

Note: Recording the conversation on audio or video is a good way to preserve family history.   Of course, please practice social distancing.


How to Enter: Comment on @USEmbassyBSB Sewing Machine Contest post on Instagram (maximum 2 comments – about 700 words – per IG account)

    • Tag: #USSewingMachineBrunei and #MesinJahitAmerika
    • Photos of sewing machines (not required) can be sent by IG message

Cost:  Free

Eligibility: The contest is open to adults (ages 18 or older) who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. IG accounts must follow @USEmbassyBSB. Winners will be notified by IG message.

Deadline: Sunday, April 19, 2020 (11:59pm)

Questions: Please ask in IG Comments or send to

Note: By entering the contest, entrants give their consent for their entries to be reproduced. Names will not be used without permission.