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Published 23 April 2018

Singer Stories Festival celebrates the world famous Singer Sewing Machines

West Dunbartonshire Council is hosting a festival celebrating the history of the world famous Singer Sewing Machine and the people who worked in the Clydebank factory.

The Singer Stories Festival will open on Thursday, 3 May to Saturday, 5 May at Clydebank Town Hall and visitors can view a selection of key sewing machines, rarely seen in public, from West Dunbartonshire’s Recognised Collection of National Significance.

Bailie Denis Agnew, Convener of Cultural Services, said: “Singer is synonymous with Clydebank and the factory is an important part of our heritage. Many residents will have memories of the factory and the festival is an opportunity to reminisce and also for younger generations to learn about Singer and its place in our local history. “  

Singer Stories Festival events include:

  • Thursday 3 May: Festival Showcase, 5pm-6:30pm
  • Friday 4 May: Dementia-friendly Sewing Morning, 10am-12pm; ‘Singer Sewing Machines in Society’ with Lucy McConnell, Glasgow University, 12:30-1pm; Bookbug Sewing Special, 3-3:30pm; ‘Life on the Banks’ film screening, 4:30-5pm; Dram & Draw life drawing, 6-8pm
  • Saturday 5 May: Museum Explorers, 11am-12pm; Ready Steady Sew competition, 1-3pm; ‘Singer Through the Years’ panel discussion with Natalie Fergie, author, and Lin Gardner and Ruth Turner, Glasgow University.

Although most of the activities are free you must book a place via Eventbrite at to secure a place at the festival.