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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. Internationally renowned, they call Alex 'the sewing machine guru'. 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.






The First Canadian Sewing Machine Company

Little did his Quaker parents know, when the screams of their new-born child echoed around their little farmhouse near Ithaca, New York on September 3rd 1818, that they had ushered into the world the man who would go on to become the first pioneer of Canadian sewing machines and by 1875, the maker of the finest sewing machine in the world. 

While the largest battle in American legal history was taking place between the Sewing Machine Kings, Richard Mott Wanzer quietly slipped across the border into Canada and copied their machines! Free from prosecution he flourished, as did the town of Hamilton where his factories were. 

Here for the first time is the story of one of the greatest sewing machine pioneers who grew from humble beginnings into an immensely wealthy entrepreneur and business man, THEN HE LOST THE LOT! Brought to you by world renowned author Alex Askaroff. 

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Wanzer The First Canadian Sewing Machine Company

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Thank you very. I was living there with him while I read it. Very well done. It is hard to imagine so much expansion
in industry that occurred back during the late 1800s. We see it on such a
minor scale now-a-days.

Thank you again!
Kevin P

Thanks for this excellently related bit of history!

Hi Alex, I enjoyed reading about Wanzer. His machines come up for sale once in a while in Quebec.
I never paid any attention to them. I will now!
Monica D

Alex, that is fascinating!  A very good read. Linda at Relics


Thanks, Alex,

I just read the Wanzer story.  I had not the slightest knowledge of this great chapter in our industrial history, nor ever would have, without your work.  What fascinating people, and what good people, created our heritage.  Wanzer seems to have been quite unlike the "greedy robber barons of industry" that we always learned about as the founders of great fortunes.
Sharon W
Champaign IL,

From: "Sally W"

Alex, thank you for sharing another one of your delightful stories. You have a gift for making history and people come to life!


It never ceases to amaze me that a very important segment of my hometown's history is far better chronicled by your initiative than anywhere else in Canada, or the world.
Stephen Lechniak
Ancaster ON, Canada




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