The Home of Frister & Rossmann

and other fine vintage sewing machines

It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing away of Enrico, the creator of this website.

He was an exceptionally passionate sewing machine enthusiast, with his interests ranging from collecting vintage machines and restoring them, to researching their history and cataloguing all the ones he could put his eyes on.

He created this website to share with the world the information he had gathered throughout many years of research and collaboration with his friends, family and fellow collectors.

Although we had to wish him our last goodbye at the beginning of 2021, this website will remain up as a homage to him and his legacy.  At the moment there are no plans to update it as we don't have the knowledge and experience that he had in this field, but that might change in the future.


You are always loved and never forgotten, may your soul rest in peace.

   The son Dario and the family.

Maintaining this repository of heritage is a labor of love, and your support helps cover the essentials—hosting, domain, and ongoing curation. If Fiddlebase has been a valuable resource for you, or if you simply wish to honor Enrico's passion, consider contributing.

All information below and on the rest of the website were written by Enrico.

For any question you can contact me (his son) at info@fiddlebase.com


Last update was made on 07/12/2023

Enrico's words:

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the NEEDLEBAR group and ISMACS, who taught me everything I needed to be a sewing machines amateur. Thanks also to all those people devoted to the research and preservation of antique, vintage and modern sewing machines. The collecting of sewing machines is enjoyed by many enthusiasts worldwide. This resource is intended to help novice collectors in their discovery of the world of vintage sewing machines.

I am very keen to include additional examples of Frister & Rossmann machines that are not currently represented in the collection. Anyone interested in helping me with the website is welcome. If you have a F&R sewing machine you can help me by contacting me or just emailing some pictures and any other information you have."

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This site has some great information on vintage sewing machines, particularly Frister & Rossmann.



The web site presents the history of the sewing machine in a transparent form and details the history and the products of the Frister & Rossmann company in Berlin.



Mainly Frister and Rossmann but some useful information on other machines.


Thank you




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