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kayrosie | Posted in General Discussion on

Hey I have heard Singer bought Pfaff and now the whole thing is in a mess has anyone heard anything about this.  Somebody contacted me about buying a machine and wondered what was going on there. 



  1. sewornate | | #1

    I think Viking Husquarvana bought Pfaff.

    1. MaryinColorado | | #2

      Husqvarna/Viking, Pfaff, and Singer are all part of VSM I think.  On the other side is Brother, Bernina, Babylock I think.  At one time all the sergers available for homesewers were made at the same factory.   Have you noticed how few fabric stores are out there now?  The independant business owners are being squeezed to death.

       These mergers and takeovers are going on incessantly as the large corporate giants swallow up everything in thier path with no consideration of the end result. 

      It all amounts to less freedom for consumers, wether it be in telecommunications, oil and gas products, pharmaceuticals, food, insurance, banking, property,etc.  They are also the reason we don't want politicians to be controlled by the lobbyists that pay for thier campaigns.  It is all such a chaotic mess and we are the victims.  The rich get richer as they control the availability, quality, and cost of goods.  It is truly frightening and a serious threat to health, life, as well as freedom.  Mary

      I'll get off my soapbox now, sorry if I stepped on any toes, but it's how I feel about this crisis.  Mary

      1. Crazy K | | #3

        Mary, You are absolutely right.  Independent businesses suffer, the consumer suffers. 


  2. Betakin | | #4

    Some time back.. Kohlberg, Singer's holding company bought Pfaff/Viking or SVM and now called SVP..or is that vice versa? Anyway, I was told by my dealer that the heads of each company all sit at the table to make the decisions for each company's specs etc. Other companies now are involved in making some of their lower models. Janome had made some of the models in the past like the Pfaff Grand Quilter and Viking Mega Quilter plus Janome made HuskyStars in Taiwan for Viking. I was told that several different companies now make the HuskyStars in China. Viking still makes their main line of machines in Sweden.

    Janome has made Elna machines for years and is now head of Elna USA and I don't know if they still make machines for Pfaff/Viking but I was told by a dealer that they do but I don't know which models.  

    1. katina | | #5


      Thanks for this info.

      Do you know if Bernina machines still manufactured in Switzerland?


      1. Betakin | | #6

        Yes, as far as I know except for some of their lower Bernette lines amd I think their mechanical 1008 might be made in Thailand.


        1. katina | | #7


        2. sewfar | | #9

          I am interested in getting a new Pfaff sewing machine...not embroidery but top of the line or one down. Do you know where they are manufactured ?

          1. Betakin | | #10

            My Pfaff  Select 1530 is a discontinued model but only a few years old and was made in the Czech Republic but is German designed.  I am uncertain as to where the newer Select models are made or the other models. I believe that the Janome made Pfaff Grand Quilter is made in Taiwan and I think both Pfaff and Viking have some of their lower end machines made in China by other companies. My Viking is made in Sweden.

            You might wish to ask your dealer but I know when I have asked a sales person about a Viking they said it was made in Sweden when it was not but it was designed in Sweden. I think the new Sapphire models say designed in Sweden on the front but in the back or underneath they actually do say made in Sweden. The country it is made in is usually listed on the plate in back of the machine.

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        CostumerVal | | #11

        I bought a new Bernina 2 yrs ago now.  I was advised that all the parts are engineered and produced in Switzerland, but the manufacturing facility was a multi level underground building on a lake.  There was a mudslide on the mountain and the building was filled with mud and bunch of people died.  All the Swiss made parts were sent to Thailand for assembly while they cleaned up the mess.  As far as I know the parts are still Swiss, but the assembly is done in Taiwan still.

        Janome makes the Bernette models.

        1. katina | | #12

          Oh dear, how awful. Thanks for this information.


    2. kayrosie | | #8

      Thanks for the information.  It is a mite confusing isn't it. Who owns who and who is manufacturing who.  They are all about the same I guess. 

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