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 Alex  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 information to encourage enthusiasts around around the Globe.



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Before the sewing machine industry got off the ground (in the middle of the 19th Century), there was a huge problem, one that would stifle, not only competition, but the birth of true mass production in America.

During the 1850's sewing machine manufacture was crippled by a handful of extraordinary characters battling in court for their patent rights. These men, who created the largest fight in American legal history, became known by the periodicals of the day as the Sewing Machine Kings.

They were engaged in the 'Great Sewing Machine Wars' using any tactics to win. Here, for the first time, is their remarkable story and their even more remarkable solution, brought to you by world renowned author Alex Askaroff.

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The Rise And Fall Of The Sewing Machine Kings by Alex Askaroff


Isaac Singer, The First Capitalist by Alex Askaroff



Isaac Singer The First Capitalist

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.

Linda Clark

What a fantastic piece of history u saved for us Alex. I enjoyed the read.

 John Ruf

Thanks, Alex, what an engrossing read. I have always enjoyed the story of the Willcox and Gibbs; that Gibbs invented the chain stitch while trying to duplicate existing machines amuses me.

 Marti Marti Johnson

Your stories always are great! I've learned more about the early industrial age from you than from nearly every class I've ever taken in history! Keep up the great work!

 Marsha Minick Storey

Thanks for posting. Great article.

 Neil Chisholm

Really enjoyed the article. Had no knowledge of ‘The Kings’!

 Kam AmiKam

Thanks Alex for all the information.

We learn every day.

 Pauline Manser

Great research and work once again Alex. Your Sewalot Site is awesome it must have taken you years!

 Malcolm Price

Amazing I never even knew about this. Your work is astounding, no wonder they call you ‘The Sewing Machine Guru’. One point ‘Foul Swoop’ should be ‘Fell Swoop’. Superb stuff.

 Lynne Amberly

What a wonderful piece of research Alex. If ever you write another book do let me know. I have all of yours (except the children’s tales).

 Anne Goff

Wonderful look into the history of our much loved machines! Thank you Alex for writing this. I really appreciated the amount of research involved in the writing of it.

 Sharon Flora

Great article. Thanks Alex

 Robin Harvey

Thank you Alex. Interesting bits of history and wonderful photos. Many of those machines I have not seen, even in pictures.

 Susan Maddox

This was a wonderful look into history. Thank you Alex Askaroff. I can’t wait to share this posting with some of my friends.


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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.
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