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Brother PR670e Delivery to Ipswich & Redhill

Our day began in the darkness of a mid-September morning. Gone was the soft early light of summer. Autumn hung damp in the air and the leaves were losing their blush. Stevie and I were off on a Brother PR670e adventure to Ipswich and Redhill.

When heading south we almost always pull into the services on the M6 toll motorway. A brisk morning walk to the rest rooms helps to stretch the limbs and tendons. Back in the van we tuck into coffee from the flask and our home made sandwiches. Since you’re asking, on this occasion breakfast consisted of cheese with branston pickle on wholemeal bread. Stevies habit is to buy the Times newspaper and the read out various items. We both add the weight of our comments to each particular topic.

The traffic on the M6 motorway changes like the weather. Today wasn’t too bad. Despite the inevitable road widening roadworks, designed to remove the safety of a hard shoulder, progress was reasonably good. And soon enough were were rolling along the A roads leading to Ipswich towards our first customer.
A nice lady with a kindly smile opened the door. She was ever so excited and had been counting down the days to our arrival. We said our hellos and as Steve and I carried the PR670e through the doorway I heard a whispered, ‘wow’.Up the stairs and into the lady’s sewing room painted in a soft and relaxing lilac. 

Brother PR670e Ipswich

Sometimes our trips to PR customers involve a full demonstration. Many of our customers have never even threaded a needle before, let alone use a sewing machine. However, despite their appearance the PR machines are quite simple to operate. And we always put our customer at ease and take it slow and easy. We are both patient and never take anything for granted.
In this case however things were a little more straightforward. In our lady’s sewing room sat two Brother F440e’s and a Stellaire XE1. The demonstration lasted no more than twenty minutes to half an hour. The lady’s nephew was tasked with the making of two coffees. Always the sign of a good heart. Sometimes we might travel from our base in Manchester (Centre of the Universe) all the way to Portsmouth. And yet the customer won’t offer so much as a glass of water…
The job done we said our goodbyes and climbed back into the van. We typed in the next address in Redhill into the navigation system and set off. As we drove onwards we tucked into the next layer of our sandwiches. These now included roast beef and mustard. Mustard, as you know, is always the essential companion of cold roast beef. Anything else just isn’t cricket.

We joined the M25, the place where people go to lose hours of their lives in hold ups and jams. We were heading to the Dartford Crossing. This involves the crossing of the rather impressive Queen Elizabeth II bridge. It also quite often involves a traffic jam – at least in my experience of crossing it.
Soon, reports of climate change protestors gluing their hands to the M25 were announced on the radio news. Their activities inevitably created huge traffic jams tailing back for miles. We’d just missed the chaos by the skins of our teeth. Lucky for us. Not so for the thousands of others stuck for hours and hours.
We found our next call down a country lane in Redhill, Surrey. Over the years many of our Brother PR deliveries have led us to small units or sheds on small industrial or enterprise units. Quite often these places are at the bottom end of some small lane or track. These places are always little hives of industry. Their owners deciding to work for themselves and set their own pace.
The chap at this call already had an established embroidery business with several older Brother PR models ranked up on a long bench. The addition of the new PR670e was, we were sure, bound to help speed his production. He also had a nice dog – a heavy set Staffordshire Bull Terrier in brindle and white. He put up a little bit of a fuss, but soon went back to his bed and continued his afternoon sleep.
Once again our customer was obviously very familiar with the world of embroidery, and in this case the Brother PR machines. So our demonstration of the PR670e was brief, and only involved the differences on the new model. Some further chat ensued about the maintenance and repair of PR’s generally. We do of course repair and service all models of Brother PR machines back in our workshop. And just as often as we deliver new machines, we call out all over the UK mainland to collect PR machines for service and repair.
I gave the dog a goodbye as we left. He half opened an eye and continued chasing rabbits.

The trip home involved a few minor hold ups, but none were long enough to cause major complaint. I was home for 11:30pm and soon all those roads and customers and traffic jams and cheese sandwiches were just a dream. Until next time.