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Old German sewing machines, book cover.

Alte Deutsche Nahmaschinen
(Old German Sewing Machines)

Author:

Peter Wilhelm

Format:

Hardback. In German.

Pages:

240 (2nd edition), 148pp (1st edition)

ISBN:

3-932752-87-2

One to watch for. The later edition is an updated and much enlarged version of the author's earlier publication, dealing with virtually all the early German manufacturers. Unlike some of Wilhelm's books, this high-quality, hard-back is in German only although model numbers, machine names and dates remain international. These superbly researched volumes have long been out of print but occasional copies do turn up on eBay.

Old French Sewing Machines: A Book for Sewing Machine Friends and Collectors

Author:

Peter Wilhelm

Publisher:

Gleichen

Format:

French/German/English text. Illustr.

Date:

1992

Pages:

120

The history of the French industry with brief details of many manufacturers, hitherto virtually ignored by other authors. An incomparable identification tool.

Oldtimer-Sewing Machine

Author:

Otto Landgraf

Publisher:

Weppert, Schweinfurt, Germany

Format:

9” x 11”. Hardback. Col/B&W

Date:

1988

Pages:

192

Written originally in German by ISMACS member and ‘father of German collecting', Otto Landgraf - and subsequently reprinted in English translation by Graham Forsdyke - this superbly-produced, coffee-table volume features fine photography concentrating on German and largely later machines. Also chapters devoted to early English and American makers, with sections detailing important European collections.
Based on a series of articles written for a German trade magazine some years ago. Copies surface regularly at ISMACS meetings and eBay, etc.

Sewing Machines

Author:

W. Hamerslag

Publisher:

The author

Copyright date:

1989

Simply a list of models and their various makers. Very useful for determining the maker of German clones. No illustrations.

Not reviewed but we know they're out there somewhere...

Title:

Nähmaschinen - Museum Sammlung Albrecht Mey

Author:

Günter Ditzenbach & Peter Radermacher

Publisher:

Published privately

Date:

1994

Title:

Thimonnier et la Machine à Coudre

Author:

J. Granger

Publisher:

Les Publications Techniques. Paris. In French

Date:

1943

Title:

Thimonnier 1793-1857, Inventeur de la machine à coudre

Author:

Marcel Doyen

Publisher:

Published privately

Format:

20cm x 14cm. B&W (in French)

Date:

1960

Pages:

104pp.