Museum Chur

Sewing-Machine Museum

A journey through the history of the sewing machine.



The Sewing-Machine Museum in Chur exhibits 120 selected sewing machines of various makes and countries of origin. These exhibits are taken from a comprehensive collection of some 300 historical machines, which has been built up over several years by museum founder and sewing-machine technician Bernd Pittermann. The items on show include manual sewing machines, electrically-operated machines and machines designed for children. A few industrial machines are also on show, alongside their domestic equivalents. The collection is complemented by a series of historical accessories, photographs and advertising signs.

The museum pays particular attention to the development of the sewing machine from 1871 to 1940, and individual highlights of the collection include a machine made by Loewe of Berlin (Germany). All the machines are in working order, and some of them can be tried out.


  • Guided visits for school classes and all kind of groups.  Admission CHF 50.- (regardless of the number of participant)
    Duration: approx. 1 hour (with film presentation, approx. 1,5 hours)

Opening hours

  • On request


Sewing-Machine Museum

Pulvermühlestrasse 79, 7000 Chur

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