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Samual A. Johnson
Archie Johnson and Sons
1924 -

Samual Johnson grew up in the sewing machine industry. At the age of 9, Sam was helping his father, Archie, repair sewing machines. After serving in the Air Force during WWII and earning a degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State College, Sam joined his father’s business in 1950.

Sam has been providing his customers with quality service, repairs and advice for more than 45 years. In that time he has learned a magic touch for repairing all types of sewing machines and other equipment. People come from all over North Carolina and surrounding states to have Sam work on their sewing machines. Because of his expertise, other sewing dealers bring their most difficult repairs to Sam.

His knowledge and experience gives him the ability to offer customers exactly what they need to accomplish their sewing tasks — from the simplest machines to the most sophisticated models. Sam’s devotion to the sewing machine business and dedication to his customers shows in everything he does. He frequently travels to schools, tailors and drapery shops to make repairs. He even still makes house calls.

Sam’s contributions have benefitted many independent sewing machine dealers. His invention of the Johnson Ruffling Machine has given dealers a quality product to increase their business. It gives home sewers a way to ruffle without the hassle of attachments or the cost of large industrial machines. With this invention, he has saved sewers time, money and frustration.

1995 Vacuum & Sewing Hall of Fame Inductee