BERNINA was founded in 1893 in Steckborn, Switzerland, and is named after Piz Bernina, the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps. The founder, Karl Friedrich Gegauf invented the world’s first hemstitch sewing machine.
By 1900, more than 70 people were employed, and the hemstitch sewing machine was being sold abroad.
In 1928, the sons of the original founder took over the business, and the inventions of Fritz Gegauf still influence sewing machine technology today
In 1932 the first household machines were produced, and the fact that we have two of these early machines in full working order is testament to their quality.
1938 saw the introduction of the zigzag
In 1945 the free-arm zigzag ar