Questions tagged [industrial-revolution]

Questions about the transition to new manufacturing processes and technologies that occurred in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

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How Heavy was a Spinning Jenny or Spinning Mule?

The spinning jenny, water frame and spinning mule were textile spinning frames used during the industrial revolution. Approximately how heavy were these machines?
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Did Watt or another inventor have a dream about ball bearings?

I have put in a fair amount of searching for this but have come up empty. I specifically remember the story printed from my childhood like 30-40 years ago, but I wanted to see if there's any source ...