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The Sewing Machine Museum, London
2nd February 2020

This museum is like no other I've been to.....take a short walk from Tooting Bec tube station and you'll come across three warehouse buildings called Wimbledon Sewing Machine Co Ltd.

Its nowhere near Wimbledon, but then nothing about this place is as it seems. There is also no sign to say there is a museum here. The museum is in fact only open for three hours a month: 2-5pm on the first Saturday of the month.

The museum is located above the showroom for commercial sewing machines the company sells to industry.  You go up some narrow stairs, with walls covered in old photos to the most extraordinary couple of rooms full of every type of historic sewing machine imaginable.

This is the personal collection of Ray Rushton the managing director of Wimbledon Sewing Machine Company, who has been collecting for over 50 years and has now amassed over 600 machines.

I arrive at 2pm in time for the first tour of the afternoon. It is full of anecdotes about the collection, the company history and Ray's family. Ray himself is downstairs, a feisty cigar smoking octogenarian. 

I spend a pleasant hour looking at these beautiful machines and wondering about the man behind the collection.....well worth a visit.

Some of the machines are more modern than others....

And some are still in need of repair...

London Sewing Machine Museum, 308 Balham High Road, London SW17 7AA

More information HERE