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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Agenoria Sewing machine History

Alberta sewing machine


Alex Askaroff   Biography, how it all started.


Alex Askaroff books


Alex's collection Alex Askaroff and machines.


Alex Askaroff stories Index  Six stories to enjoy



Al's Alfriston Guide Alfriston and the

Wilmington Giant




American hand sewing machine


American Domestic Sewing Machine


American Sewing Machine


Angel's Tear


Antique sewing machine collectors site


Antique Sewing Machine Valuations


Argus sewing machines



Ari Davis


Arm & Platform sewing machine


Atlas Sewing Machine Company


Automatic Sewing Machine (Smith & Egge)


Avon sewing machine


Baby Sewing Machine (Smith & Egge)


Baden Powell


Barthelemy Thimonnier


Beckwith sewing machines


Belle Tout Lighthouse


Bernina Sewing Machines history


Book reviews Alex Askaroff


Books by Alex Askaroff Info on my books


Book Order Form Alex Askaroff 


Book order instructions


Bradbury Sewing Machines


Ca Mau Porcelain


Casige Sewing machines

Caught in the Act
A sneaky customer caught!


Challenge sewing machine


Charles Raymond


Clark Threads


Cleopatra Newton Wilson


CMP Studios Eastbourne


Collier Sewing Machines


Columbia sewing machine


Comet sewing machine


Cookson Sewing Machine Company


Cordova Sewing Machine (Smith & Egge)


Coats threads


Cotton  History and thread links


Countess Sewing Machine


Coventry Sewing Machine Company


Crossing the Rubicon, check it out!


Crows Nest Publications My other book site


Dating Singer Sewing Machines


Desirable sewing machine


Dietrich sewing machines


Doll's Story  Spies and Spitfires a true story by Alex Askaroff


Dolly Varden Sewing Machine

(Gold medal sewing machine)


Domestic Sewing Machine




Duchess sewing machine


Eastbourne Pier and Carpet Gardens


Eastbourne Pier, by Alex Askaroff


Eastbourne recording studio


Eastbourne Seafront at night


Eclipse Sewing Machine, Oldham


Eldredge sewing machine W&G


Electromatic sewing machine


Elias Howe. Inventor of the sewing machine!


EMG sewing machine


Empire Sewing Machines


England's Queen, Newton Wilson

Essex Sewing Machine A brief history.


Eugenie sewing machine


Eureka sewing machine


European Sewing Machine Company


Excelsior sewing machine


Express Sewing Machine


Fault Finding The ultimate sewing machine fault finder




Foley & Williams sewing machines


Franklin sewing machine, America


Franklin sewing machine, England


French sewing machine.


Frister & Rossmann Sewing machine history


Frister & Rossmann verses Willcox & Gibbs

(Chain stitch kings battle it out).


Gann Sewing Machines


Gardner sewing machine


Gizzleink by Alex Askaroff


Gold Medal Sewing Machine


Globe sewing machine


Goodrich sewing machines


Grover & Baker sewing machines


Grain Sewing Machine


Great British Sewing Bee Alex Askaroff


Gritzner Sewing Machines


Guild of Master Craftsmen Guild information


Guitar lessons Eastbourne


Gutermann thread


Harpur & Mason Handy sewing machine


Harrods sewing machines


Hautin, Hurtu & Hautin sewing machine


Have I Got A Story For You by

Alex Askaroff


Hengstenberg sewing history


High Streets & Hedgerows
by Alex Askaroff


High Streets, story 1 Alex Askaroff


High Streets, story 2 Alex Askaroff



History of cotton


History of the Sewing Machine


History of the sewing machine made easy


History of threads

Howe, Elias Inventor of the sewing machine.


Hunt, Walter, inventor of the sewing machine


Hurtu sewing machine

Husqvarna Sewing Machines History


Ideal sewing machines History


Improved Little Comfort (Smith & Egge)


Indispensable sewing machine


ISMAK sewing machine


Jack Ross D.F.C Battle of Britain pilot


Jackson, William, sewing machine




Jet-O-Matic sewing machine


Johnson Clark & Co


Johnson, Clark & Co & Dolly Varden


John G Murdoch, importer, exporter.


Jones Sewing Machines history


Knickerbocker sewing machine.




Lady Sewing Machine


Lady Godiva Sewing Machine


L'Desirable Hurtu sewing machine


L'Abeille Hurtu sewing machine


L'Productive Hurtu sewing machine


Links To other sewing related sites


Lippman & Lind


Little Betty sewing machine


Little Gem Sewing Machine (Smith & Egge)


Little Comfort (Smith & Egge)


Little Comfort Improved MKII (Smith & Egge)


Little Worker Sewing Machine



Little Betty sewing machines


Little Darling sewing machine


L O Dietrich sewing machines



Long Man of Wilmington



Luton Hat Industry






Machines for Sale



Magnificent Moldacots history



Maxfield Sewing Machine



Mercedes Sewing Machine



Midget Sewing Machine



Minnesota sewing machine


Millennium sewing machine calendar

Limited edition sewing calendar


Moldacot Sewing Machine




Morgan Silver Dollar A brief history




Mother of Pearl on sewing machines



Mother of Pearl



Mothers Helper Sewing Machine


Muller sewing machine history


Murdoch John G


Nahum Salamon


Necchi  Sewing machine history


National sewing machine W&G


Needles for Willcox & Gibbs


Nelson John Reed. A forgotten hero


New American Sewing Machine


New England Sewing Machine


New stories by Alex Askaroff

(Have faith! Read this amazing story).


New Home Sewing Machines


Newton Wilson pioneer of British sewing machines


Norman A Journey Through Time, by Alex Askaroff


Opel Sewing Machine


Original Princess sewing machine


Patches of Heaven by Alex Askaroff


Patches, Alex Askaroff, story 1  Another story from my books.


Patches, Alex Askaroff, story 2  A trip down memory lane.


Pearl sewing machine


Peerless Automatic (Smith & Egge)


Penelope Newton Wilson


Perfection Automatic (Smith & Egge)


Peter Pan Sewing Machine


Pfaff Sewing Machine


Poems and Poetry by Alex Askaroff

Popular sewing machine


Prawns Live at that!


PRIMA DONNA sewing machine


Princess Sewing Machine


Princess Alexandra


Princess of Wales


Queen Alexandra


Queen Bess, Newton Wilson


Queen Mab, Newton Wilson


Queen of Scots, Newton Wilson


Queen Victoria


Random Threads Trilogy: Alex Askaroff


Raymond Sewing Machine history


Reed, Nelson John, history of a hero


Reliable Sewing Machine (Smith & Egge)


Remington, don't expect a close shave


Renovation  Interesting to see what can be done


Richard Mott Wanzer


Ross J K RAF Pilot Officer J K Ross DFC


Royal Sewing Machine Company


Royal Birmingham Sewing Machine


Schwarz (Smith & Egge)


Seidel & Naumann


Sewalot Collection of antique sewing machines


Sew-O-Matic sewing machine


Sewing Machine Cartel


Sewing Machine Collection


Sewing Machine Combination


Sewing machine faults and problems


Sewing Machine history page 


Sewing Machine Pictures F&R Willcox & Gibbs


Sewing machine Renovation If you dare!


Sewing machine threads  


Servicing East Sussex sewing machines


Sewing Machine servicing & repairs Eastbourne & South East.

Sewing machine servicing East Sussex


Sewing machine repairs East Sussex


Sewing Machine valuations


Shakespear sewing machine


Skylark Country by Alex Askaroff


Skylark, story 1 by Alex Askaroff


Skylark, story 2  by Alex Askaroff



Singer sewing machines


Singer, Isaac Merritt Sewing history,


Singer through the ages 100 years of Singer's


Singer 12, fiddlebase, model 12 needles


Singer 12, New Family, Fiddlebase bobbins


Singer 20, Singer 20k toy sewing machine


Singer 24 chain stitch sewing machine


Singer 29, Singer 29k


Singer 30k


Singer 48k


Singer 66 Red Eye


Singer 99


Singer 201k


Singer 222, Singer 222k, Singer 221, Singer 221k

Singer sewing machine serial number dating 


Smith & Egge, History


Spenser sewing machine (Smith & Egge)


Spies & Spitfires by Alex Askaroff


Starley, James A Victorian Pioneer


Starley sewing machine


Star sewing machine

Story Pages The index to all my stories


Straco and Little Betty sewing machines


Sugar Loaf Eastbourne


Superba Sewing Machines


Sussex Born and Bred, Alex Askaroff


Sussex Sewing Machines


Swift & Sure Sewing Machine


Swiftsure Howe-Starley


Tabitha sewing machine



Tales from the Coast by Alex Askaroff



Taylor sewing machine

(William Taylor sewing machine)

Tension Adjustments All you ever need to know 


The Long Man of Wilmington


The Sewing Machine Chronicle



Thomas Jones & Co London


Threads Any old threads!


Times sewing machine



Trojan Sewing Machine



Ultimate sewing machine fault finder



Una Sewing Machine



Valuations   valuing sewing machines


Varley Sewing Machines  history


Vesta sewing machines


Vickers Sewing Machines: A brief history of Vickers


Victoria sewing machine


Victory Sewing Machine


Walter Hunt


Wanamaker Sewing Machine (Smith & Egge)


Ward, Edward  The Arm & Platform history


Wanzer, Richard Mott


Weir, James Galloway History



Wellington Sewing Machine



Wertheim Sewing Machines



Wheeler & Wilson sewing machine


What sewing machines were used on the Great British Sewing Bee?


White Sewing Machines History



Whight & Mann sewing machines



Who invented the sewing machine?


Who wrote Sleeping Beauty?



Why I write by Alex Askaroff?



Willcox & Gibbs Sewing machine history


Willcox & Gibbs


Dating Willcox & Gibbs sewing machines


Willcox & Gibbs needles W&G needles


William Hill


William Jackson sewing machine


William Taylor sewing machine


William Thomas


Windsor sewing machine


Zephyr sewing machine






Simpson & Co, 1862, R E Simpson,

sewing machine manufacturers 116

Cheapside, London.



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Alex Askaroff

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.