Our old lace braiding machines

In August 2015, SCF acquired around 50 lace braiding machines from Dentelles Dessalces, a company based in Le Puy en Velay, in the Haute Loire département, France.

Hand-made lace

The first hand-made lace dates from the 15th to the 18thg century when lace from Le Puy thrived. Le Puy became a centre for lacemaking. Louis XIII introduced rules regulating the use of lace. Lace enjoyed renewed popularity following the Industrial exhibition in Paris in 1802. 120,000 lacemakers worked in Haute-Loire. The term “Dentelle du Puy” (Le Puy Lace) dates back to 1932 (it is only applied to handmade lace).

lace machines

M. Leaver created the first lace machine in 1830.
In the Haute-Loire, it was Eugène Malhère who invented the circular lace machine, which used a disc device (a listed historical artefact). This circular lace machine was derived from the one designed by Thomas Wadford, who invented the fist lace machine.
Back in 1902, lace mechanisation arrived in the Haute-Loire. Lace machines mostly came from the region and from Germany, though there were some local manufacturers.

In 1953, M. Dessalces senior developed a subcontracting business for brokers, then, in the 1960s, he began selling in his own right, branching out into household linen in the 1970s

To this day, the Haute-Loire and Nord Pas de Calais regions are considered to be centres for lacemaking.

Products and customers

Narrow lace ranges from 8 to 120mm in width, depending on the thickness of the thread. It is used to make clothing, household linen and for decoration.
It has other uses, such as for hair curlers, bags for lavender or salt, sandals and toys, …