33, Rue Gambetta
Phone: +33 (0) 2 40 93 31 35

Musée De La Machine A Coudre, Nantes (The Sewing Machine Museum)

The museum of the Sewing Machine, Nantes, opened in 2001, in close proximity to the Jardin des Plantes and the imposing musée des Beaux Arts, in Nantes’ Rue Gambetta.

Claude Dupin is the museum founder, and he shares his collection with obvious pride and passion for these treasures. He was employed by Singer in 1973 as a travelling sales man, a position he held for 25 years. During this time, his interest in the machines’ history developed and the foundation of his collection was founded. His most treasured piece is a Leconte-Isidore from 1873, a gift from one of his customers of the parish of Sainte-Pazanne.

His dream of opening the museum took 8 years to come to fruition, and can be visitied today in the basement of a Nantes apartment building upon prior reservation only.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (11)

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Permanent Collection

The museum houses examples of nineteeth century machines through to electric machines, Hurtus, Hautins, Singers and Peugeots, as well as Stellas, of Nantes origins. Over 80 specimens descibe the history of the sewing machine and its secrets.

The museum allows you to discover the first sewing from the middle of the nineteenth century to the electronic machines. Over 100 models testify to the history of the sewing machine. Photos, books, videos and testimonies of these famous machines that have revolutionized the world of fashion will make you go back in time.

Previous Exhibitions

2003, Journées Passion, Parc de la Beaujoire, Nantes

2004, Hotel de ville de Sainte Luce sur Loire

2005, Le Pouliguen

The museum has, in addition, exhibited in 37 retirement homes since 2001, in line with Mr . Dupin's wish to take his collection to those who have themselves used the machines.

Opening hours

The museum can be visited by appointment only, on
+33 (0)2 40 93 31 35


The museum is proud to announce the acquisition of a giant screen, and its sound system. It is now possible to a group of 50 people to watch the video documentary (alternating story on screen and museum visit).

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Groups of up to 50 people welcome