I first started work for my father in the mid 1970's as a Saturday Boy. This was in Dads Regent Road shop, in Salford. Back when Regent Road was a proper, old fashioned high street. Dad taught me how to repair Sewtric foot controls.
When I left school I joined Dad who by then had moved to a shop on Deansgate, in Manchester. I began my training proper down in cellar, which was our workshop, along with mechanics, Tony, Paul, Fred and Vincent. My brother, Steve, joined the firm a few years later.
My short stories are memories of various customers I've met along the way.
Alan Bamber

Lifeline
A beautiful lady appeared at the door. She was short and dressed for the chilly weather and she had a nice smile.​​​​​​​

Always Look Within...
I walked along a second floor corridor inside a three storey block, counting down numbers 

​​​​​​​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 

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

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.

Meet Me in St. Louis...
​​​​​​​Years ago a lady appeared. She was very beautiful. Expensively dressed and very fragrant.

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.​​​​​​​

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.​​​​​​​

Mrs Z...
I first met Mrs Z sometime around 1981, or maybe it was 82. She was the ‘needlework teacher’