"Animo", a word with several translations including "to encourage", "thought", "inclination", and "spirited" is the name given to the sewing machine design featured above. Most of these words' meanings, whether intentionally applied or not by Swedish designer Othmar Muehlebach, match what the design achieves ergonomically. By analyzing the design elements of the Animo, it will be shown that its design fulfills the five areas of ergonomic research: safety, comfort, ease of use, performance, and aesthetics.
First and foremost is safety. Without question, the needle is the most dangerous part of a sewing machine as it can pierce the skin. As the needle is attached to a motor, beneath the needle would be the worst place for a finger to get stuck. This would be a probable occurrence with older sewing machines which had no presser foot. The featured presser foot above is rounded and looks like a pair of large pantaloons protecting the user from the needle. The "pantaloons" presser foot is thicker than most presser foots which typically appear like this:
Comfort, the second area of design research is extremely important for activities like sewing where the hands and arms are constantly being used. Many sewers hunch over the machines to get a good look at what's happening under the needle and to also get a good grasp on the fabric. Because the right side of the walnut wood surface utilizes a diagonal, users can comfortable rest their right arm in a more natural position when holding and feeding their fabric through the machine. Normally, sewer's arms are parallel to one another which can create a tenser and less ergonomic position. The rounded qualities of the walnut surface and overall machine are also comfortable to rest one's arm on. In addition, there are no sharp edges to impede the flow of the fabric through the machine. These summarized elements: the diagonal and rounded edges greatly increases productivity and the overall usefulness of the machine.