From the treadle model to the racing car

How sewing machine factories became automobile manufacturers

Special exhibition in the Nähmaschinen-Museum in Duernten

27.05.2017 - 02.09.2017

Regular opening hours: Saturday 09:30 -16:00
Upon request guided tours are offered outside the above hours.

  • From ADAM OPEL to the OPEL ADAM - or why the first Opel model did not "come from the spot" and was nevertheless successful ?
  • The PEUGEOT model on three legs - A future model of transport or something from the past?
  • A WHITE machine - in the luxury salon or a heavy load on the country road
  • Mika Häkkinen, Inspector Columbo and a treadle sewing machine - where is the connection?

The sewing machine museum as an economic oracle? Not intentionally!
About the news of february 2017, that two of these "formerly sewing machines-now car makers", Peugeot and Opel, will go together in the future, the Sewing Machine Museum is completely innocent - but perhaps it proves, that a common past also connects in the future.

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The sewing machine as the forerunner of today's motorised society - who would have thought!

In the middle of the eighteenth century, the mechanical sewing machine was one of the first mass produced items of industrial history. A huge production area arose, and brought new technical knowledge and great profits - but soon the competition was also great. Many of the sewing machine manufacturers had to diversify, and they foresaw the future success of the new production sector: the transport industry, with and without motors.

Thus, the sewing machine paved the way for many bicycle, motorcycle and automobile manufacturers.
Six selected companies will show these exciting interrelations and developments in this special exhibition (in German).