In 1919 Vittorio Necchi, of Italy’s famous Necchi manufacturing family, returned from WWI to take his place running their cast iron foundry in Pavia. He soon saw that the business world was rapidly changing and the family business would need explore a new direction. When his wife asked him to buy her a sewing machine, her only choices were imported models made in the U.S. and northern Europe. Vittorio had an idea: why not create Italy’s first sewing machines company?
Vittorio set up his first sewing machine production facility with 40 workers and by 1924 had produced his first model, the Necchi BD. Initially sales were small, but with persistence and constant improvement Necchi soon introduced the BU model with advanced features like a zig zag stitch. Sales began to take off.
By 1946 the Necchi Sewing Machine Company was producing 1,000 machines a day, employing 4,500 workers, and selling to more than 10,000 retailers. Now the U.S. and the rest of Europe were importing these high quality Italian machines.
Throughout the 20th century Necchi continued to innovate with machines like the boldly futuristic Logica and the elegant Mirella, which is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Today, Necchi continues Vittorio’s tradition of excellent quality and innovative design. Sewists the world over love Necchi machines for their reliable performance and excellent value.