One of the first pre war Necchi models circa 1925. Based on the Singer model 15 the Necchi sold well all over Italy before slowly being exported world-wide.
The company started in Pavia, Italy at the end of The First World War in 1919 when Vittorio Necchi returned home from the war. Not sure what to do with the old family foundry he was inspired by his wife asking him for a sewing machine. The idea stuck and the foundry was altered to cast the first iron machines. Initially Vittorio copied the best selling machines of the time like the Singer model 15 but it was not long before his Italian flair took hold and unique Necchi machines started to roll out of the ever expanding factory in Pavia.
Necchi made many models always to the highest standards and pioneered many improvements to modern machines. Being an Italian machine naturally they had to make their sewing machines pretty to look at as well as useful. Necchi machines of the 1950 to the 1970's were the curviest of any sewing machine.
The gold medal winning Necchi Supernova was so far ahead of its time that it took the sewing world by storm on its release in the late 1950's. Even by today's standard it is impressive.
Necchi used the most beautiful women of the day to advertise their machines as we see here with a young Sophia Loren.
Later, the Necchi Mirella was so inspiring that it became one of the only sewing machine ever to be on permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York. It represents the highest aesthetic level a sewing machine has ever achieved.
Necchi now supply the most up to date computer machines a far cry from the simple machines of the 1920's.
Why bend over backwards when you have a Necchi?
Why bend over backwards? Necchi, the sewing machine that resolves many problems of the house and keeps order in your wardrobe. Necchi Julia Sewing machine, the artfully automatic machine that millions of women around the world want (rough translation).
Isaac Singer The First Capitalist