Lada was formed in Sobeslav on September 1, 1919. After WWII company expansion was at its greatest and by 1954 they were producing the first zigzag machine in Czechoslovakia, the Type 233.
By the 1960s the factory had manufactured 100,000 sewing machines, although in 1965 after a merge into ELITEX, the company lost its independence and by 1972 the government stopped its sewing machine production.
Introduced in 1957, the T132 was Lada's first "briefcase portable" machine with free-arm, a compact automatic zig zag sewing machine. It can sew up to 1400 stitches per minute and weighs approximately 8 kilos. It measures 13" L-R, compared with a Singer Featherweight 222 = 10" L-R. Other small sized freearm electric machines measure: Adlerette 13" L-R, Husqvarna zz 13".
Instruction manuals are endearingly full of spelling mistakes :)
Introduction of other models: T236 - 1958
T237 - 1959
T238 - 1960
T136 - 1969
T137 - 1970
Courtesy of Bernadette Dewhurst-Phillips
The decals on the machine bed appear to have been borrowed from Jones in the UK.The stitch length lever is of a similar type found on German machines. The serial number is stamped below the bed edge, centre front. The slide plates don't have any markings. They do have a slot each which acts as a spring to hold them in.
Courtesy of Linda B
This machine is operated by a knee lever.
Cresta Reference #99957
Courtesy of Claire Sherwell
Foot control. The machine has an improved (more complicated) Central Bobbin type case. It seems there are three types of bobbin case used on the T132 model, compare with the type used with earlier (?) models.