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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.

 

 

The Singer model 222k sewing machine

 

 
 


The Singer model 222k Made in Great Britain.

This beautiful machine was the result of months of design work by some of the finest engineers in the sewing world. The result was one of the best sewing machines of all time. The Singer 221 and Singer 222 sewing machines are still amazingly popular amongst professionals and perfectionists alike. The image above is the model 222k made exclusively in Kilbowie, Clydebank, Scotland. The big difference is the free-arm sliding removable work area.

The model 222 has been referred to as the Queen of Singers.


The Singer 222k, perfection in a sewing machine

Made in limited numbers compared to her older sister the Singer model 221 she is rare and sought after and may go down in history as the finest Singer ever produced.


Singer 221k

The basic difference between the 221 and the 222 is the free-arm sleeve and the drop feed lever. Both machines are similar and make perfect stitches when set correctly.


Singer 221k

They have become collector-classics and with almost every part still available or being made they will probably last forever.


Singer 221k Circa 1955


The ultimate Singer showroom. This is an advert from 1957 showing their two best models in the front, the Singer 222k and the Singer 201k. Note the sewing room upstairs.

See Alex Askaroff on YouTube with a clip on the Singer Featherweight in action.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP9ZCZeKQ_4&feature=youtu.be

 Featherweight model 221k


Singer 221, 1960


The super rare crinkle Singer 221k circa 1940.

After WW2 Singers, who had been busy helping with the war effort, started to make sewing machines again. In 1945 they started a huge advertising campaign to recapture their market. Amazingly they had over 3,500,000 back orders for sewing machines which caused huge waiting lists. Traditionally by 1950 you could wait up to 18 months for the sewing machine that you ordered! Bit different today eh!

LOOK THEY'RE HERE AT LAST!

In 1945 the Singer Sewing Machine Company started, once again, to advertise vigorously to American housewives.

Order today and be the first to proudly carry a Singer over your threshold!

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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See Alex Askaroff present a Featherweight sewing machine on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mJYS44Vc8c&list=UL

 

 
   

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I do hope you enjoy my work. I spend countless hours 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

Alex

I would very much like to take the opportunity to thank you for the information that you have accumulated and the many many hours it must have taken to produce this site, and make it freely availably to all people.

My background is in engineering and I became hooked on vintage singers some years back when my wife came home with a huge smile and a 222k she had bought ( not going) at a antique shop. She told the shop owner it did not matter that it was not working HER HUSBAND will fix it. Well that is what got me hooked onto these wonderfully engineered pieces of history.

Richard M USA

 

Hi Alex

I just wanted to say thank you for hosting such a brilliant site. I have a Willcox and Gibbs and a Wanzer model A and I found everything I needed to know on your site. I also have a variety of other machines, including a Singer 222K Featherweight and some treadles, and some early electric models... Nothing as wonderful as your collection.

As I drag these machines out of cupboards and corners I will be looking at your site to find out more about their amazing histories. Thank you from Australia!

regards
Sue Fadanista

 

 

 

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