Alex Askaroff - Sussex Sewing Machines - Sewalot Vintage Collectables



Alex Askaroff has been a sewing machine engineer since leaving college in Eastbourne, Sussex. Apart from servicing and repairing machines, he restores and sells collectible examples all over planet earth. Alex is the son of Igor, a Russian émigré, and an Austrian seamstress, Rosemarie, who settled in England and raised six sons, while founding a business making buggy capes, quilts and other cot accessories for babies - named Simplantex, and later Premier Baby. During his travels as a travelling repair man, he collected stories from his clients which he wrote into books. One customer was able to shed light on the history of a Building in Lime Park, which is now Herstmonceux Museum. Big thanks to Ron Saunders for sharing memories of his childhood, and his father's job as chief engineer at the old Electricity Generating Station C 1900. As it turned out the earliest surviving example of which in the whole world, and a potential future UNESCO World Heritage Site. That may otherwise have remained undiscovered.









No matter what style, design or features you need on your sewing machine, it pays to shop for a good deal  ...................

















Finding the right sewing machine and service package from numerous high street and online dealers can prove to be an overwhelming challenge. However, there’s more to a search than just finding a cheaper machine. You need to ensure you get a reliable service, sensibly priced spares and reliability. We therefore recommend you see these Sewing Machine Dealers before buying.






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