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                Alex I 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 world wide.


This is a short piece on Willcox & Gibbs needles. For my complete history of Willcox & Gibbs click on the link:
Willcox & Gibbs

I have a short Youtube clip on the machine as well.


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.


Willcox & Gibbs needles

Willcox & Gibbs chainstitch needles are unique. There are approximately 20,000 different kinds of needles but only one will fit the Willcox & Gibbs chainstitch machine.

Willcox and Gibbs needles

The unique feature of the W&G needle is the long groove down the shaft which locates the needle in the needle bar to the exact correct position for sewing. No other needle will work as well. Some will even damage your machine!




Only the exact needle will fit the W&G chainstitch!

Willcox & Gibbs history: Willcox & Gibbs





Fancy a funny read: Ena Wilf  & The One-Armed Machinist

A brilliant slice of 1940's life: Spies & Spitfires

Alex's stories are now available to keep. Click on the picture for more information.




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