About Fiddlebase

Welcome to Fiddlebase, a treasured repository dedicated to the preservation and sharing of information on vintage sewing machines, especially Frister & Rossmann models. Fiddlebase was created by Enrico, a passionate collector and restorer of vintage sewing machines. After his passing in 2021, his legacy continues through this website, maintained by his family as a tribute to his life's work.

Fiddlebase is more than just a database; it's a virtual museum for enthusiasts to explore the rich history and intricate details of antique sewing machines.

From detailed biographies of manufacturers like Allcock & Co., which expanded from fishing tackle to diverse sewing machinery, to comprehensive historical accounts of industry giants such as the White Sewing Machine Company and Junker & Ruh, the site offers a deep dive into the technological and entrepreneurial spirit of the past.

Contributions from Enrico's vast research include insights into lesser-known entities like the European Sewing Machine Co. Ltd, which thrived briefly by innovating designs and marketing strategies before its closure in the late 19th century. Fiddlebase also hosts a wealth of information on the broader impacts of these companies, including their adaptations during major economic shifts and global events.

Today, Fiddlebase stands as a digital monument to sewing machine heritage, offering resources that guide both novices and seasoned collectors. It's a place where history is cherished, and every machine tells a story of innovation and craftsmanship. Whether you're a researcher, a hobbyist, or simply curious, Fiddlebase welcomes you to explore the fascinating world of vintage sewing machines.

About Enrico

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 in 2021, Fiddlebase remains up as a homage to him and his legacy.


All information found on Fiddlebase was written by Enrico.

This website is now managed by his son Dario.


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