List of sewing machine brands

This is a list of notable sewing machine brands and companies. A sewing machine is a machine used to stitch fabric and other materials together with thread.[1] Sewing machines were invented during the first Industrial Revolution to decrease the amount of manual sewing work performed in clothing companies.[2]

The main household manufacturers are Baby Lock, Bernina(bernette),[3] Brother, Janome(Elna), Juki, SVP Worldwide(Singer, Husqvarna Viking, Pfaff) and Aisin Seiki[4] a Toyota Group company.

Active sewing machine brands and companies

  • Baby Lock – a Tacony brand.
  • Bernina – privately owned international manufacturer of sewing and embroidery systems. The company was founded in 1893 in Steckborn, Switzerland, by a Swiss inventor Fritz Gegauf.
    • bernette [5] – a brand of the BERNINA Textile Group.
  • Brother – Sewing machines company in Japan. In 1908, Established Yasui Sewing Machine Co. for sewing machine repair service, the predecessor to BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD., in Nagoya. The first product marketed under the Brother brand was launched in 1928, Designed for making straw hats. Succeeded in mass-production of home sewing machines in 1932. Launched S-7300A NEXIO[6] the world's first electronic feeding system in 2015. Brother Industries also develops and sells garment printers (printers used for garment and fabric printing).
  • Feiyue Group
  • Janome
    • Elna – Swiss company which mass-produces sewing machines.[7][8][9][10] Elna began operations in the 1940s.[8] In the late 1940s and 1950s, an increased demand for sewing machines in the United States transpired, and Elna machines were imported into the U.S., as well as other sewing machines from companies in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden.[11]
  • Juki
  • Merrow Sewing Machine Company
  • PFAFF Industrial
  • SVP Worldwide – private company that designs, manufactures and distributes consumer sewing machines and accessories around the world under following brands:
  • Tacony Corporation
  • Toyota [12]Aisin Seiki
  • Union Special – American industrial sewing machine company based in Huntley, Illinois[13]

Defunct sewing machine brands and companies

See also


  1. Clayton, M. (2015). How to Use a Sewing Machine: A Beginner's Manual. Pavilion Books. p. pt25. ISBN 978-1-910231-67-8. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  2. Bubonia, J.E. (2017). Apparel Production Terms and Processes: Studio Instant Access. Bloomsbury Academic. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-5013-1557-2. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  3. bernette web site
  4. Toyota Home Sewing - Aisin
  5. bernette web site
  7. Swiss Technics. Swiss Office for the Development of Trade. 1962. p. 50. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  8. Cox, M. (2008). The Quilter's Catalog: A Comprehensive Resource Guide. Workman Publishing Company, Incorporated. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-7611-3881-5. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  9. Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. March 1950. p. 40. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  10. tide, the newsmagazine of advertising, marketing and public relations. 1948. p. 78. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  11. Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. p. 38. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  12. Toyota Home Sewing - Aisin
  13. "Company Overview of Union Special Corporation". Bloomberg. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  14. Meighan, Michael (2013). Glasgow with a flourish. Amberley Publishing. ISBN 9781445612614.
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