MenDING: An Interview with Neil Coles
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr Neil Coles. Neil kindly donated four of his Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machines to Significant Seams and has been a firm friend to the company ever since. Neil is now the CEO of Coles Sewing Company and is an expert on technical issues for all makes and model of sewing machines.
How did you come to run a sewing machine company?
I started in a family business as an apprentice engineer in 1976. I then got involved in the retail and management side and started my own business in 1996 and have been running the company ever since.
Do you sew? How did you learn?
Well you could say ‘I emergency sew’. I mean I can take up hems, put on buttons and darn! So in terms of MenDING, I definitely have a do it yourself attitude. Although, I did make a pair of curtains once!
What’s your favorite thing to make?
That would be a good repair of a torn item! I really enjoy the whole process of mending, rather than making things from scratch.
Do you know many men who sew?
Personally, most of the men I know are into mending old items but we have quite a few customers who are men and really enjoy sewing.
What cool gadgets do you think we should consider?
Over lockers and Rotary Cutters are extremely useful and once purchased are a very good long term investment.
Do you know many sewing (machine) companies run by women?
I am sure there are many out there but I can think of at least 10.
What should we know about looking after our machines?
Whether you use them daily or once in a while, it is extremely important to keep them clean and always have a sharp needle in them!
You can find Neil at Significant Seams from September MenDING sewing machines. To find out more about Coles Sewing Centre head to www.colessewingcentre.co.uk.
In the meantime you are more than welcome to join us here at Significant Seams for Mending club on a Wednesday Afternoon!