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Sewing Machine Parts Cabinets

I remember the days when I was a boy in the 1960’s and Dad had his shop on Regent Road, in Salford. It was a long and narrow shop, dimly lit and with a musty smell. A line of tables stood along the right hand side. On the left was the workshop, partitioned off and running the length of the shop. Standing along the workshop wall were the sewing machine parts cabinets. Metal and bottle green in colour. Hundreds of drawers held all sorts of weird and wonderful sewing machine parts.

I’ll catch a glimpse of the cabinets – and then I’ll catch a glimpse of myself when I was five or six 

I’ve resurrected these old sewing machine parts cabinets. They were in the cellar of our present shop. They needed a good clean and I’ve repainted them all with bottle green paint. They stand in my office now and are almost back to their former glory. Each cabinet holds Bernina, Janome or Brother parts, and each drawer is labelled with a number and the parts it holds.

It’s funny, but every now and then when I’m on the phone or answering an email, I’ll catch a glimpse of the cabinets – and then I’ll catch a glimpse of myself when I was five or six looking at the same cabinets in Dads old shop.

Of course things have undoubtedly changed since the 60’s. The internet has changed everything. But then again, we still service and repair sewing machines. And people still want to buy parts and accessories for their machines. The only difference of is that these days our customers can be anywhere in the world.