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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 worldwide.

 

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

 

 Books by Alex Askaroff

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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.


Glory Days by Alex Askaroff contains the history of the sewing machine (including images) and the amazing story of Walter Hunt. All Alex's books are on Amazon.

 

 
 

Now before we get into the history of the sewing machine I feel I must mention one other name, John Heathcoat. Born in 1783, by 1809 he had converted and patented a warp loom to automate lace making on an industrial scale. 500 workers walked from Derbyshire to Tiverton where John had set up his new factory. His tale is fascinating and well worth some research. The reason I mention John is that when you look at his lace making machines you can see the first idea of the automatic stitching of cloth, albeit lace making.

 

Ian Mackintosh, working for Terry Fabrics,(http://www.terrysfabrics.co.uk/) the largest fabric retailer in the country, has put together this fascinating piece of history. I helped but it is great work. A brief history of the humble sewing machine.

 

 

 Books by Alex Askaroff

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Well that's it, I do hope you enjoyed my work. I have spent a lifetime collecting, researching and writing these pages and I love to hear from people so drop me a line and let me know what you thought: alexsussex@aol.com.

Also if you have any information to add I would love to put it on my site.

 

 

 

Fancy a funny story: Ena Wilf  & The One-Armed Machinist

 


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

One superb true story Skylark Country

See Alex Askaroff on Youtube

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

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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As a new collector I have found your site has increased my knowledge in a short time to a degree that I couldn't have imagined.
Thank you again for all the useful information you give freely to us.
Kind regards
Brenda P