Swiss Embroidery Secrets

With Easter coming up we have been seeing a lot of people buying some beautiful laces and Swiss edgings. So of course we started talking more about these products and discovered that some of us didn’t know as much about Swiss embroideries and edgings as we should! So we have educated ourselves and thought we might pass on the information.


Swiss embroideries are made on large looms in mills in Switzerland. The embroideries are made in panels of 10 or 15 yards with many designs in a panel. The individual designs are later cut apart to sell on bolts.


This is a vintage panel of Swiss embroideries…this is how they would look right off the loom!


You can see how the designs would later be cut apart for each individual edging.

Here at Farmhouse we have come across some vintage salesman samples of Swiss trims. To make these samples a piece would be cut across the whole panel of embroideries and then each embroidery would be stamped with the style number. The piece would then be put into a book and salesmen would take these books around to retailers.


You can see the stamped numbers on the right of this salesman sample.


The samples would be put into books like this.

You can see by the size of this vintage sample book that Swiss edgings and embroideries used to be much more popular and varied than they are today. After World War I the manufacture of these trims decreased significantly and the market has not really ever recovered. In the 1980s there were 216 mills in Switzerland and today there are only 4! That makes us appreciate the delicate beauty of these trims even more!


Check out our Swiss trims and the other amazing vintage treasure finds online at!




8 thoughts on “Swiss Embroidery Secrets

    • farmhousefabrics says:

      Hi Denise, I think that they most likely make rows and rows of one design on a length of fabric for production. The various designs on one length could have been produced specifically for their sales representatives. It is really exquisite, though, isn’t it?


  1. Susan says:

    Great information. I loved the article. I wish Sally would offer a class at Farmhouse to explain the differences between the different types of fabrics and what they are best used for. I think a lot of people would love to pick Sally’s brain about this!


    • farmhousefabrics says:

      Oh my goodness, Melissa – If we could find enough of this yardage, it would make exquisite curtains. I think it would be gorgeous as a Christening gown! The problem is….something this beautiful is difficult to actually use! We tend to hold it close and “ooh and ahh” instead of using it! (Some “may” call that “hoarding”..) Sally


  2. Jefiner Jones says:

    Going to Farmhouse Fabrics is one of the most amazing experiences one could treat themselves to! Sally and her staff are genuinely helpful and answer all your questions! To take a class there is so much fun, and you learn so much … and you make many friends!


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