Tales of a Manchester based Sewing Shop

Category: Alans Stories

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 […]

Lifeline

Lifeline…

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

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 […]

Girl in Black

Girl in Black

We’re going back to 1983 or may be it was 1984, I’m sorry but I can’t remember exactly when. Anyway, I was beavering away in the workshop of our Oldham Street store when one one of our sales-girls, Gill or Elizabeth or Brenda, popped her head round the corner and asked me to come and […]

Don't let it kill you

Don’t let it kill you…

  35 or so years ago, after some years of training, I was sent to high schools and colleges and universities and prisons to service their sewing machines. I’d go with Tony and Paul and Vincent and Fred, our mechanics of various times. Three or four times a week we used to visit these places […]

Janome Mystyle 22 sewing machine at Bambers Manchester

A loss of faith…

A young woman called in the shop this morning and straight-away she walked over to look at our new sewing machines, we’ve got around 60 on show. I asked her if I could help and she said she was thinking of buying a new sewing machine. She then went on to say her old Singer […]