London Sewing Machine Museum

(308 Balham High Road, London)

Feature attraction is a machine which was given to Queen Victoria's eldest daughter as a wedding present. The collection has been amassed by the Managing Director of the Wimbledon Sewing Machine Co Ltd, Mr Ray Rushton, over a period of 50 years and includes many rare machines amongst the 600 machines on show



Musée de la machine à coudre

(Le Long Bas, Rouillé, near Poitiers in Vienne, France)

More than 300 sewing machines from the 1830's to this day make up this private collection which also features many sewing needles and old lithographs. Among the outstanding machines, you will see a rare, richly decorated 1871 Florida model. This is a rare model that is very hard to find today. Another rare piece on display is the countess sewing machine which is one among the only 64 machines made in 1889



(Ortsstraße 16, Sasendorf, Austria)

On the area of 70m² of the former fire station in Sasendorf about 180 old sewing machines are shown as an exhibit on the Paris World Fair of 1855. This oldest model dates from 1810.

The museum is located in the old Sasendorfer fire station. Fritz Frühwirt has acquired this and adapted it as a museum. The collection started with a gift from Erd from St. Pölten. He also took care of the sewing machines in the shed of Erich Erd slumbered


Nähmaschinenmuseum Madersperger

(Kufstein, Tyrol, Austria)

In Kufstein, a museum was built in honour of the inventor of the sewing machine. Interesting insights into the life of Madersperger. The transition of clothing from a luxury item to a mass product. The development of the sewing machine. An audiovisual show.

The little museum is located in the house where Josef Madersperger was born in Kinkstrasse Road


Nähmaschinen Museum

(Walderstrasse 202, Dürnten, Switzerland)

The exhibition in the Sewing Machine Museum is mainly based on the Schmied Collection. This consists of several hundred antique sewing machines, accessories and objects from related fields. 

The museum opened its doors in spring 2013 and has been a member of the Association of Swiss Museums, VMS since June 2017

The Sewing Machine Museum at Pilgersteg brings the history of the mechanical sewing machine to life. Hundreds of historical sewing machines, accessories and objects from related fields provide the visitor and the visitor with an exciting journey through the development of technology, tailoring and the aesthetics of the last 200 years. The exhibition shows the historical and technical development from the end of the 18th century to modern times and gives an overview of the most diverse fields of application.

Some of the exhibits are rarities that are only available in a few copies worldwide or as individual pieces. From simple household models to highly complex special machines - from different countries, from tools to status symbols, from industrial machines to toys - but always a mechanical work of art.


Nähmaschinenmuseum Chur

(Graubünden canton in eastern Switzerland)

The Sewing Machine Museum in Chur shows 120 selected sewing machines of different brands and countries of origin. The exhibits come from the approximately 300 historical machines comprehensive collection, which built the museum founder and sewing machine mechanic Bernd Pittermann over years. On display at the museum are hand sewing machines, electric sewing machines and children's sewing machines. In addition to household sewing machines, some industrial sewing machines are also on display. The exhibition is completed by historical accessories, photos and advertising posters.

The museum illustrates in particular the development of the sewing machine in the period from 1871 to 1940. Highlights are rare machines such as a copy of the Berlin company Loewe. All machines are working, some can also be tested


Wassmer Museum

(Grand Rue 58, Friborg, Switzerland)

250 sewing machines, 2.000 unusual objects: guided tours in French, German and English by appointment (demonstrations)

Guided tour of a private collection (approximately one hour).

The museum is housed in an 18th century patrician house that belonged to the family of the 1st Landamman (president) of Swiss,  Louis d'Affry  1743-1810. 

 The sewing machines are presented in vaulted cellars of the 12th century (the period of the founding of Freiburg by the Duke of Zaehringen). The museum is open all year by appointment


(Wald-Michelbach, Odenwald, Hesse, Germany)

Although most of the items on display are from Stoewer, the Museum is of interest to all who have a fondness for old cars, sewing machines and typewriters, or those who have an interest in part of Germany’s industrial history.

Stoewer sewing machines, typewriters and bicycles are on show in the basement. Some of them are in their original condition, some of them have been lovingly restored. Also in the basement is the “Stettin Room” where visitors can learn more about Stoewer’s home town


Nähmaschinen Museum

(Erzabtei St. Ottilien, district of Landsberg, Oberbayern, Germany)

I was amazed at how many different sewing machines there were. All machines are behind glass, because you can move alone in the room. Anyway, that's it! The many little things are still very interesting. The museum is located in the building of the laundry .... if you go in the main path, you first go to the dear birds - then turns 180 degrees and then you walk to the museum ... 

In the anteroom you see a " Washer "and then a brown wooden door ... yes ... there is actually the museum, the front end there is the cashier - you should throw 1 euro per child and 2 euros per adult. Here you still have faith, because a priest had started this collection. 

So ... really on to St. Ottilien - because this is just a small section.




The collector of historical sewing machines Radim Pánek from Jindřichův Hradec presents his collection on his website. The collection is the result of several years of collecting effort. Everything started quite innocently by buying one sewing machine at a flea market in Austria. The machine was to serve as a decoration in a flat.

However, more and more machines were added and my interest in this nowadays quite common technical "miracle" and of course history connected with it grew.

At present, my collection includes almost 250 machines, from the beginning of its development, ie roughly from 1860 until 1950. In my collection are represented both machines made in the Czech Republic and abroad.








(Coast Range Mountain, about twenty miles of Deadwood, Oregon, USA) 






Vintage Sewing Center and Museum, Inc.


Tulsa, Oklahoma


... To be continued ...

Please if you know about a sewing machine museum who is not in this list, I will be happy to add it.