Tales of a Manchester based Sewing Shop
Bernina Toolbox Software


Finally, the Bernina Toolbox Software offers the machine embroiderer some flexibility. I remember when we had the store on Oldham Street in Manchester city centre and Pfaff introduced a machine embroidery software package, back in the early 1980’s. Compared to todays options it was very rudimentary but it was available in PC & MAC versions. […]

Mrs Z...

Mrs Z…

I first met Mrs Z sometime around 1981, or maybe it was 82. She was the ‘needlework teacher’ at a large and boisterous co-ed school in Lancashire. Walking down a corridor I opened a door for her. That small curtesy seemed to mean a lot and it was reported back to my father. She was […]



A beautiful lady appeared at the door. She was short and dressed for the chilly weather and she had a nice smile. Hello I’ve brought my machine in for repair, she said. It’s in the car, would you help me? I took a few steps over to her motor and the lady opened a rear […]

Always look within...

Always Look Within…

I walked along a second floor corridor inside a three storey block, counting down numbers on doors which all looked the same. Then I found the right number and I knocked on the door. I stood in my grey polyester overall carrying my wooden toolbox in one hand – the one Dad had shown me […]

Don't know what you've got till it's gone...

Don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone…

A very nice lady has just paid us a visit. She’d called to collect her lightweight Janome, which we had serviced for her. She brought her Bernina 801 Sport, the one in the picture, in with her and I thought she wanted it servicing as well – she didn’t. Instead she asked if I would […]


Beauty Style and Kindness…

A very beautiful lady has just left the shop. I’ve not seen her for some months so it was a delight to see her again. She’d brought her machine in for some attention. It wasn’t a Bernina but the message remains the same, so perhaps you will forgive me. She told me she had recently […]

Meet Me in St. Louis

Meet Me in St. Louis…

Meet me in St Louis…. (Alan Bamber March 2018) Years ago a lady appeared. She was very beautiful. Expensively dressed and very fragrant. She wore a very thick and dark leopard-skin fur coat. It reached to just below her knees. It had a wide collar and the lady wore a large, gold brooch on the […]

Brother PR670e Needles

Brother PR670e Needles

These Brother PR670e Needles are made by Schmetz and are excellent quality. It’s very important that you change your needles on a regular basis to ensure the best quality of embroidery. If your needles become blunt or worn there is a much higher chance that your stitching will skip. A blunt needle won’t cut through […]

Brother PR670e Embroidery Machine

Brother PR670e Embroidery Machine

The Brother PR670e embroidery machine is the latest six needle model. The large control screen is clear and simple to operate with short and simple steps. The built-in designs and text can be combined and edited in size and position using the touch-sensitive control screen. Alternatively you can upload your own digitised designs via your […]

Brother PR600, PR620, PR650, PR655, PR1000 & PR1050x Service and Repair.

Brother PR600, PR620, PR650, PR655, PR1000 & PR1050x Service and Repair.

Brother PR600, PR620, PR650, PR655, PR1000 & PR1050x Service and Repair. As well as selling and leasing the Brother PR range of multi-needle embroidery machines, we also service and repair them. We have a large and well stocked workshop and we are experts in the repair and service of the entire range of Brother embroidery […]