Everything old is new again.
Here's a pamphlet from my collection for machine embroidery. The pamphlet is from the 1890s.
"Saves money on Christmas presents," one ad boasted.
Actually I have a modern embroidery machine that my mother gave me. She had bought and used it for a few months and then tired of it. I used it to make some stuffed animals and bags for the kids and now it just sits in a closet. The truth is I like my embroidery hand sewn.
But surprisingly the instructions from the Home Hand Embroidery Machine are very similar to today's modern versions, including the use of a frame for your fabric: