Spinning Jenny

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Model of the spinning jenny in a museum in Wuppertal, Germany

The spinning jenny is a multi-spool spinning wheel. It was invented around 1764 by James Hargreaves in Stanhill, near Blackburn, Lancashire in the northwest of England [1] The device dramatically reduced the amount of work needed to produce yarn, with a single worker able to work eight or more spools at once.

The spinning jenny was a huge success due to the fact that it could hold more than one ball of yarn, therefore making more clothing materials in a shorter amount of time while reducing the overall cost.

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  1. although Thomas Highs is another candidate identified as the inventor)

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