1950s | Sewing Machines | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Fridor Stitchmaster “Merino” Sewing Machine.

May 9, 2013

I fell in love with this machine, as soon as I saw it on ebay. The clean lines, the “atomic style” shape, unlike any other machine I’d seen before. Designed in Switzerland, and made in Holland, circa 1950s.


 For under $100 (including interstate postage), I think I got a bargain!

The machine arrived in its own little suitcase, decked out with leather straps inside to hold the pedal, the extension table and a cute little green bakelite box of attachments.

The Fridor Stitchmaster Merino

I spent a day cleaning her (the suitcase was full of rat droppings)…….

The machine case, sans rat poop


…..and now I own a seriously good – looking machine – even the foot pedal is attractive!



Even the foot pedal is attractive....


For a simple, straight-stitching machine, it has quite an array of extra feet, and dropping the feed-dogs is as simple as flicking a lever.




More photos on the patternpatter blog here (because I have yet to start my own!).

Bakelite light switch and Feed Dog Lever

  1. Awesome! I love vintage machines; I have 2 Elna, so those Swiss machines just hum like clockwork. Have fun sewing on your new beauty!

    1. I’ve just bougt a vintage fridor stichmaster sewing machine and i also got the owner’s manual with it. I think îs about the same s-o i will scan it and send it to you.

      1. Oi boa tarde!
        Poderia me enviar uma cópia do manual também?
        A minha máquina veio sem correia e eu não sei se vou conseguir comprar, pois não sei se ela usa uma ou duas correias.
        Meu endereço de e-mail é inalbarodrigues@gmail.com

      2. Hi!
        I’ve just buy a Fridor Stitchmaster from 1955.
        She is so perfect but I don’t have the instruction manual.
        If one of you could send me the instructions, it will be super great! My mail is barigand.la@gmail.com. Please help me with my new precious one…
        Laure-Anne from Belgium

        1. Hi. I have a fridor. It was my mums. Is yours green with a knee lever instead of a foot pedal ? I learnt to sew on this machine. If you still need the manual. Let me know. I will somehow copy and send it to you. Regards Christina

      3. Valeriu
        My name is Ray Bradfield from a place called Adelaide in South Australia.
        I have a Fridor Merino Sewing machine but haven’t the manual.
        I was wondering if you would consider scanning yours and posting me a copy as I can’t seem to find one here in Australia.
        My email is elra2000@yahoo.com
        I would very much appreciate if you can see your way clear to assist me.
        Yours sincerely

        Ray B.

      4. I have just acquired one of these machines and would love a copy of tha manual. Would you be able to help?

      5. Hello Valeriu
        I know you posted this a long time ago, but I wonder if you still had this manual and would be prepared to send me a copy?
        I would be very grateful if you would and I am happy to make a donation to you or a charity. My address is eileen.knibb@hotmail.com

  2. Was having no luck googling ‘Fridor sewing-machine’, so I tried ‘Fridor naaimachine’ instead and found the company where my mam last worked before she re-married and immigrated with her two sons to Amerika, Fridor in Den Haag (The Hague). As I recall, she brought one of these ‘Fridor Naaimachines’ with her when we immigrated here in mid 1954.

    I posted a photo on Facebook of my brother and I celebrating ‘pakjes avond’ (St. Nick’s ‘gift evening’) sponsored by Fridor. We would sail for Amerika and Michigan in June 1954. Just found a second copy of that foto on which my mam had written ‘St. Nic’s feest – Fridor’ on the rear . . .

  3. Hi there my old lady friend has one of these machines with the foot pedal and we have no how much these go for nowadays as she bought it in 1958 it also comes with carry case too and I’m in the UK

    But if you could please email me on

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