Frister & Rossmann
Frister+Rossmann was established in 1864 at a factory near Berlin. In the 1880's the Company was awarded Medals at various International Exhibitions including Sydney, Crystal Palace, Amsterdam , London, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Berlin. Frister & Rossmann became Germany's largest sewing machine manufacturer a position it held until 1902.
From 1920 to 1939 the first electrically operated domestic sewing machines were imported into the UK. Imports stopped between 1939 and 1945 then after the war the U.K. importer bought all the rights to the frister+rossmann trade marks and frister+rossmann became a British registered trading name.
Gradually West German prices became less competitive and in 1963/1964 the manufacturers Gritzner-Kayser were taken over by Pfaff, the large German manufacturer.
The frister+rossmann brand is now solely owned by SMD Retail Limited, the parent company of Sewing Machines Direct and the range is now designed and manufactured by Jaguar International Corp, Osaka, Japan who have a long established relationship with many other UK brands including Singer and Bernina.