The year was 1862, and Georg Michael Pfaff had just finished making his first sewing machine. Little did he know then that the machine, which was entirely handmade, would end up on display at the Munich Museum of Science and Technology.
But farsighted as he was, Georg Michael Pfaff did of course realize the great prospects of his product. And so he paved the way for a company that would set the standard for some of the most advanced sewing engineering the world had ever seen. A company which still today is internationally recognized as the household name for quality and technical progress in sewing.
Georg Michael Pfaff’s second son, Georg Pfaff, discovered that the sewing machine industry in Germany got its machine equipment from the USA. When his father heard this, he decided that Georg should pay a visit to America to find out more. Said and done. Georg arrived in New York on July 12th 1876 and in Philadelphia on July 15th, where he went on to visit the World Industrial Exhibition.
During his two years' stay in the US, Georg Pfaff studied manufacturing plants, tool factories and ordered tools, drilling machines and universal lathes for the PFAFF® factory in Germany. Inspired by all this new knowledge, it did not take long before Georg Michael Pfaff completely abandoned individual manual production for steam-driven drilling, milling and planing machines.
In 1885, Georg Michael Pfaff opened a sewing machine shop in London. The PFAFF® factory was continuously extended and modernized. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Georg Michael Pfaff was in charge of the company during the years 1862-1893.
Today, PFAFF® is owned by SVP Worldwide, and PFAFF® sewing machines have become the world's premier precision machines that sewers aspire to own.