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For collectors & enthusiasts of antique sewing machines and great stories

Alex, In a sea of bland, boring sewing machine websites, Sewalot stands head and shoulders above the rest, with real stories, history, information and tales. Keep it up.  Regards    A. B.

Hi Alex, I am one of the millions of followers of your website's. I love the vast information you have and can only dream to have a collection like yours.

Thank you for your time. Regards, Arkidette

It's official, Sewalot is the No1 antique sewing machine website
 

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Alex's books

PATCHES OF HEAVEN 

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Alex's books

PATCHES OF HEAVEN 

Random Threads

 Vol I

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Alex's books

PATCHES OF HEAVEN 

Random Threads

 Vol I

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Alex's books

PATCHES OF HEAVEN 

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 Vol I

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The Luton Hat Trade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The history of the sewing machine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essex sewing machines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex's collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PATCHES OF HEAVEN 

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Elias Howe inventor of the sewing machine

Or was he? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Skylark

Country

SKYLARK COUNTRY

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Ideal Sewing machine
not what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Why Write, why not?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 HIGH STREETS & HEDGEROWS

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Richard Mott Wanzer

The Hamilton Giant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The history of the sewing machine.Or the long and winding road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jones sewing machines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smith & Egge little comfort sewing machine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Askaroff Family Crest

  weird but true!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essex Sewing Machines

My first toy sewing machine 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Singer through the ages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frister & Rossmann

German giants

 

 

 

 

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Willcox & Gibbs

How a farmer became a millionaire without a lottery ticket 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starley Queen of Hearts

One of the rarest machines in the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grover & Baker

Pioneers or profiteers?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wheeler & Wilson

Inventor of the four motion feed, maybe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alex's books

PATCHES OF HEAVEN 

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Alex's books

PATCHES OF HEAVEN 

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Writer and Master Craftsman Alex Askaroff has spent a lifetime in the sewing industry and is considered one of the foremost experts of pioneering machines and their inventors.

Alex has written extensively for trade magazines, radio, television, books and publications worldwide. You may have seen him recently on the BBC show, The Great British Sewing Bee.

 

Hello, my site has millions of visitors and many pages. It is a large site so take your time and save it for future visits. If there is anything you need to ask just drop me a line alexsussex@aol.com

 

 

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I must add a little note to thank all the hundreds of people, who, over the last two decades, have helped build this educational site with their information, pictures, documents and photos.

 

The site falls into several sections. The sewing machine section which has antique sewing machines for sale Then there is my antique sewing machine collection plus lots of helpful sewing hints. There is the super book section. Which has my sewing stories, history, information and fun stuff. And of course my story pages full of true sewing stories and laughter. The Main Site Index has everything else.

 

Scroll down and enjoy.

 

listen to one of Alex's stories.


 

Looking for the ideal present? Try one of my books.

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Looking for something that is easy to wrap and ideal for family and friends? Then try one or more of my great books. Check out the review pages and see why thousands of people from all over the world have bought them. Copies can be personally signed.

 

See the last Millennium Calendar

 

See me on Youtube

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

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Elias Howe

 

 

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Isaac Singer

 

 

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History of cotton

 

 

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Edward Ward

 

 

 

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Walter Hunt

 

 

 

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Wheeler & Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willcox & Gibbs

 

 

 

 

 

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Grover & Baker

 

 

 

 

 

The history of the sewing machine.Or the long and winding road.

 

 

 

 

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Collier & Sons Sewing Machines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Isaac singer

The legend his six wives and his 24 children. Henry VIII eat your heart out.

 

 

 

 

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Guild Master Craftsmen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moldacot

The smallest bobbin in the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Walter Hunt
The forgotten genius

 

 

 

Why Write? by Alex Askaroff

 

 

 

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Arm & Platform the first domestic free-arm sewing machine in London.

 

 

 

The most beautiful sewing machine in the world and a Goddess, Agenoria.
 

 

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Elias Howe Genius or fraud?

 

 

 

Remington
 The sewing machines that went bang.

 

 

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Vickers
From weapons to sewing machines

 

 

 

 

New Home Little Worker sewing machine
No snow white involved

 

 

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Raymond & Weir New England sewing machines

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sewing machine fault finder

The ultimate sewing machine fault finder.

 

Alex,
Your site is the best, literally. Thanks for your work. 
Carole
Indiana, USA

 

 

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Sewing machine tension

TENSION DRIVING YOU MAD!

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Have  a few moments to spare? Then take a journey with me to my part of the world.
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Alex's collection

News Flash!

Both Sussex Born and Bred, and Corner of the Kingdom are now available instantly on Kindle and iPad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sussex Born & Bred, And Corner of the Kingdom are now on sale at Amazon.com in America and Canada. Mail me for details: alexsussex@aol.com or visit

 www.crowsbooks.com

Time to relax...Read one of Alex's stories

Winter's End 
or
The Emerald Ring

Listen to one of Alex's stories.


Alex Askaroff, Founder of Sewalot.com, Master Craftsman, writer and pioneering sewing machine enthusiast.

The Sewalot site is run by Alex Askaroff. The enterprise was founded on service, quality and genuine enthusiasm for sewing machines. Alex is a long term member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen. 

Alex grew up in the sewing industry and as a teenager undertook a four- year engineering course, qualifying in 1976, yeah he's no spring chicken. After qualifying he was trained by further experts from Jaeger and the sewing trade then spent 10 years on the factory floor at the family firm before founding his own business.

Alex has around 35,000 customers in his area from schools to businesses, factories to farms, hotels to hospitals, just about anywhere there are sewing machines, from boot-patchers to sailmakers, plus all those happy quilters and patchworkers.

One of Alex's hobbies has always been collecting early sewing machines after trying to rescue six from a skip as a child. He now owns one of the finest collections of early 19th century machines.

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Alex has had work published across the world from Australia to America and is considered one of the few experts in early pioneering machines and their inventors. Alex has used his expertise to guide and inform museums and charities around the world as well as the film and television industry.

Fancy watching a video of one of my old machines?

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

Alex's Biography

This is the great bit.

Through popular request (okay pestering over many years) many of Alex's most popular stories have been put together into a trilogy of sewing books. They are much in the same theme as James Herriot on his travels around the Yorkshire Dales. They have sold in there thousands all over the world. Stunning reviews.

Ready to have a laugh? Read a few of his stories online now!

 Sample stories

Fancy a fascinating read about a turbulent time long ago and one girls struggle?

  Spies & Spitfires 

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TENSION DRIVING YOU MAD!

Try Al's' solutions
Sewing machine Tension Problems

 


 

 

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 beginners.

Kind regards

Brenda P

 

Dear Alex,
I go to a Montessori school and I am doing a project on fashion. Your articles on sewing machines are absolutely brilliant!

Thanks so much

Kaya

 

Alex, In a sea of bland, boring sewing machine websites, Sewalot stands head and shoulders above the rest, with real stories, history, information and tales. Keep it up.  Regards    A. B.

 

 

www.crowsbooks.com

 

  The genius of Elias Howe and his invention that changed our world

I went to your website expecting to find the typical, sterile, format and instead found your art.  What a wonderful surprise.
Thank you and regards,

Richard F. B
SMC Corporation of America

Hello there!
Thank you for this wonderful information.
I absolutely love your poetry.
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your humor.
You have a good one, and keep on writing.
Thank you so much for your time..............Cindy Heagy

 

Hi Alex,
I've read your research. Thank you very much. It was very helpful.
Well done Alex...
best regards,
Maria Jasmine

Hi Alex: I had been looking for information about my Singer. I was so excited to find your site. Thank you for all the information!
I also enjoyed reading about your collection.
Best regards,
Janis Walker Marsh

Hi Alex

Thank you so much for your valuable time. Keep up that poetry, and humor.

Cindy Heagy, USA

Dear Alex:

Just a few lines to thank you for your excellent article on Elias Howe.

Most books on invention devote only a few pages at most to the inventor of this marvelous Machine.


Your article is the most comprehensive I have ever read on this topic. Also you have a very relaxed writing style along with a delightful sense of humour.

Thanks again for your efforts.

Wayne McVittie
Stouffville, Ont. Canada

Alex,
Your site is fantastic. You have no rivals. Everything I need to know, you have.
Carole
USA, Indiana

Oh my God! How I enjoyed your website! Thank you! Charlie.

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Hi Alex,

Your website oozes with love.  One of the best I've ever come across.

Cheers and more power to you!

Flo

Hi Alex,

I am in awe of your knowledge regarding sewing machines from our past.

thanks so much for all you do to promote the preservation and history of these wonderful artifacts.

Stephen V
Abilene, Texas

Dear Alex, 

I'd like to say what a wonderful website you have. It's full of beautiful pictures and photographs and all kinds of juicy information! It holds a lot more information than most of the other sewing-machine websites/blogs out there and covers so many more things in greater detail.

Yours.
Shahan Cheong

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Fancy watching a video?

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

Oh my goodness, thank you very much! All the time you put into your site is very appreciated. It is a precious gift that you have given thousands and thousands of people with your research.
Sincerely,
Melanie Vanni

Good day Alex
 
Let me tell you, your sites are awesome. I have been enthralled with all the history and information you have available. Many, many accolades to you.
 
Merle Sager
Johannesburg
South Africa

 

Hello Alex,


I'm very pleased to have found your sewalot-site on the sewing machine.
It is amazing and I believe you have put over 30 years of study in it.
It helped me very much in my study.
Thanks and regards,
Dirk-Jan List


Hartung Kunzli 1938

Books by Alex Askaroff

Sewalot is run by Alex Askaroff: alexsussex@aol.com

 

Sometime ago I came across Alex Askaroff’s website Sewalot. I think it is the best sewing machine website I’ve seen. Alex has an obvious passion for sewing machines, especially of the antique variety.
 One word of warning… Alex has filled every page with so many interesting gems of information – viewing his site becomes an addiction!!!

S L Beauchamp SA

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