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  Alex I Askaroff

Alex has spent a lifetime in the sewing industry and is considered one of the foremost experts of pioneering machines and their inventors. He has written extensively for trade magazines, radio, television, books and publications world wide.

 

Most of us know the name Singer but few are aware of his amazing life story, his rags to riches journey from a little runaway to one of the richest men of his age. The story of Isaac Merritt Singer will blow your mind, his wives and lovers his castles and palaces all built on the back of one of the greatest inventions of the 19th century. For the first time the most complete story of a forgotten giant is brought to you by Alex Askaroff.

 

See Alex Askaroff on Youtube with the Bernina toy sewing machine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-NVWFkm0sA&list=UL

 

 

 

In 1893 Bernina Sewing Machines were born in Steckborn Switzerland when Karl Friedrich Gegauf patented his first hemstitch sewing machine. This was the start of Bernina and the fabulous rage of sewing machines that continue to this day.

 


Bernina model 114 circa 1934, straight stitch

 

 

In 1938 Bernina brought out its first zig-zag machine.

 

Everybody is familiar with the usual Bernina machines so I thought I would give you a picture of a very rare and unusual Toy Bernina from the 1950's


The Bernina Toy Sewing Machine circa 1955-60

 
   

The name Bernina comes from 'Piz Bernina' one of the most beautiful summits on the eastern range of mountains in the Swiss Alps.

There is so much on Bernina already on the internet that I thought I would add this simple and funny story.

True story, how to lose your new Bernina!

I once met a very upset customer that phoned to me to fix her old sewing machine. 

She had bought a brand new Bernina and was going to throw her old banger away. But some things do not work out quite as planned, especially if you have a thick hubby!

She had mentioned to her husband that on his next visit to the council tip to chuck the old sewing machine away. 

When she went to use her new Bernina she could not find it.

She did find her old banger. 

She asked her husband where her new pride and joy was, he sheepishly told her that he had done what she asked and mistakenly taken it to the council tip with all the other rubbish!

She phoned the council tip but it was long gone.

They did not talk for a month!

Mind you her old Singer came up well...


I love this add for the new Bernina Minimatic. Bernina are great machines but as we all know they weigh the same as a small truck. Obviously this girl has been working out!

Bernina have earned an enviable world-wide reputation for quality, even the toy above is a little beauty.

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Bernina Industrial circa 1940


Bernina started making industrial machines early on in their Swiss factory and although they are not uncommon this is one of the very early zig-zag models which is extremely rare today. Circa 1938.

 

Most of us know the name Singer but few are aware of his amazing life story, his rags to riches journey from a little runaway to one of the richest men of his age. The story of Isaac Merritt Singer will blow your mind, his wives and lovers his castles and palaces all built on the back of one of the greatest inventions of the 19th century. For the first time the most complete story of a forgotten giant is brought to you by Alex Askaroff.
 

 
 

Books by Alex Askaroff

Fancy a good read: Ena Wilf  & The One-Armed Machinist

A brilliant slice of 1940's life: Spies & Spitfires


Alex's stories are now available to keep. Click on the picture for more information.

Alex's books are now also available on: www.crowsbooks.com

 

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Hi Alex,
I am a real fan of your videos and love you website, great info on there which I have referred to on many occasions, :)
Regards Angela
London

 

Dear Sir,
I have come across your webpage and I would like to tell you a very big well done since it is both informative and educative at the same time.

Philip Malta