The PFAFF brand has 160 years of sewing heritage that creates a climate for continued development and design of high-quality sewing and embroidery machines. Known as the perfector of the craft, PFAFF machines deliver precision to the most demanding sewists by offering maximum control and customization.
Georg Michael Pfaff built his first sewing machine and founded the GM factory PFAFF® in 1862. The company’s ambition: to constantly renew and modernize sewing technology remains the same. Below are the many milestones that have since been reached.
1862 Georg Michael Pfaff made the first PFAFF® sewing machine in Kaiserslautern, Germany at the start of the industrial revolution.
1872 Ten years after the company was founded, a thousand sewing machines had been manufactured. After PFAFF® opened a new factory in Kaiserslautern, Germany in 1902, the production rate increased significantly.
1910 PFAFF® proudly produced their first million sewing machines.
1912 The 50th anniversary of PFAFF® was marked by the release of commemorative postage stamps.
1922 PFAFF® launched their first Rotary Hook sewing machines.
1932 Launched the famous PFAFF® 130, a high-performance zigzag machine to meet the ever-increasing demands on the market.
1951 PFAFF® launched the world’s first portable sewing machine with a free arm.
1962 The 100th anniversary of the PFAFF® brand was marked by the production of a gold machine, which was displayed in dealerships around the world.
1968 Saw perhaps one of the biggest milestones in PFAFF® history; the launch of the PFAFF® 1222, featuring the Original IDT™ for integrated dual feed, as well as Electronic Needle Piercing Power.
1979 PFAFF® launches the world’s first programmable sewing machine.
1984 PFAFF® released their first computerized sewing machine with IDT™ and the ability to program in your own stitches.
1988 PFAFF® released their first machine with 9 mm stitches and the creative™ Designer feature, allowing the sewist to create and copy stitches.
1990 PFAFF® launched the world’s first sewing machine with side-motion feeding.
2011 Launched PFAFF® creative sensation™ sewing and embroidery machine.
2014 PFAFF® introduces a host of five new machines designed to help sewers reach new heights: the creative™ 3.0 sewing and embroidery machine, the performance™ 5.0 sewing machine, the quilt expression™ 4.2 sewing machine, the expression™ 3.2 sewing machine and the passport™ 2.0 sewing machine.
2021 PFAFF® launches the creative icon™ 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine: the world’s first sewing machine with artificial intelligence and voice control.
Looking back at some Vintage Sewing Machines