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Charles Raymond
James Weir

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Charles Raymond and James Galloway Weir, were two of the fascinating early Sewing Machine Pioneers. Both became phenomenally wealthy, on different continents, from the same sewing machine! Their business flare and innovation was centered around one of the most sought after and collected 19th Century sewing machines. Once friends, the bitter business rivals did battle along the high streets of Europe, as each tried to dominate their trade. 

Here, for the first time, is the extraordinary story of these two pioneers, brought to you by world renowned author Alex Askaroff. Alex is the writer of the hugely popular Sewing Machine Pioneer Series. He has had Seven No1 New releases on Amazon and is considered one of the foremost experts in his field.

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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 worldwide.


Over the last two decades Alex has been painstakingly building this website to encourage enthusiasts around around the Globe.



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.

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And so once more we come to the end of our history on one of the great early pioneers in the sewing world.

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Hello Alex,

Our researcher just came across your article on Charles Raymond. Itís timely for us because, as the historical cemetery in Guelph, his monument is within our grounds. It is a magnificent family lot with a fence around it, as was the style in those days. We are gathering information on the family and the lot in an attempt to preserve the fence. Some suggestion has been made to have it removed. We are putting information together on the family to ensure the historical value of the lot is recognized, even if it is in bad condition, We believe it would be worth fund raising to preserve it. In the photo, it actually doesnít look too bad, but we will not repair unless it is in the same format as originally used when the fence was made, and that makes it a little more difficult. Thought you might like to know that your interesting article is being put to use.

Ceska Brennan
Memorial Designer & Officiant
Woodlawn Memorial Park

Hello. My name is Quintin. I live in the states. Oklahoma as a matter of fact. I wanted to tell you that I am a HUGE fan of your sewing machine videos. You have a gorgeous collection of machines that I would die to see some day.
Quintin P USA


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