From needle and thread to the sewing machine
Sewing, one of the oldest handcrafts, was revolutionized during the period of industrialization. Around 1790, the first attempts were made to mechanize sewing. The production of the sewing machine rapidly became a lucrative market, because the sewing machine was one of the first mechanical devices that could be sold all over the world and to practically every household as well as to important industries. From the mid-19th century on some models were built in larger production units.
The development of the sewing machine, considered in the field of technology, as well as in a social and historical context, is an excellent example of development and progress. The development of the sewing machine was in part the driving force in areas such as patent law (and its avoidance) and, among others, the development of payment by instalments ("Leasing" was originally introduced for buying a sewing machine.)
A sewing machine was considered both as progress in productivity, and conversely as a danger to the craft of hand stitching. It was both a tool and a sign of wealth.
Sewing Machine Museum
Tel. +41 (0)55 241 26 34
For individual visits:
Saturday 09:30 -16:00 - admission free / without a guide / voluntary
For guided tours:
Upon request guided tours are offered outside the above hours.
Duration of the visit approximately 1.5 hours.
By arrangement we can also offer adapted tours to suit your interests and wishes.
If you are looking for an alternative for your company outing, a day trip with your association or an event with friends or family... we
offer a guided tour through the museum followed by an aperitif.
Please call us so that we can consider your wishes and inform you about our special offers and conditions.
The standard language during a guided tour is Swiss German or German. For a guided tour in English please contact us.
For more details, please pass to page INFO ( German text ) or please contact us directly.