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Trevor and Mary Hayes
Hayes Sewing Machine Company
1940 -

Trevor and Mary Hayes photoIn Wilmington, Delaware, Trevor and Mary Hayes set the standard for hard work and hospitality. Trevor has spent a lifetime in the sewing business, first when he sold sewing machines door-to-door to pay his way through college. In 1965, Trevor became established as a BERNINA dealer and the first BERNINA machine he ever sold, a BERNINA 730, inspired him to keep building his business and open shop in 1975. Today, Hayes Sewing Machine Company has more 23,000 customers and can service any machine from 1851 to the present! In fact, all repairs are done right in store.

Trevor and Mary have rooted Hayes Sewing Machine Company in tradition and never fail to treat customers like family. They serve the Wilmington, Newark, Dover, Philadelphia, Delaware County, Chester County, and Southern New Jersey areas with devotion and enthusiasm. Embracing both the old and the new of the industry, their website offers a "text for news" feature as well as entertaining advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual. Their business also provides a variety of sewing, embroidery, and quilting classes for all skill levels.

In 2015, Hayes Sewing celebrated 50 years as a Bernina Dealer, and with Trevor and Mary's three daughters, their business will celebrate many more. Like their parents, Stephanie, Loretta, and Pamela Hayes find reward in caring for their customers. And with a knowledge pool five minds deep, there aren't many sewing-related questions they can't answer. President and CEO of BERNINA of America, Paul Ashworth, comments, "As a family business, Trevor [and Mary's] has mentored and established…the 2nd generation of ownership. If there were such a thing, Trevor would have a PhD in machine repairing."

In 2013, Hayes Sewing Machine Company received the much-coveted annual BERNINA Presidential Award given once a year at BERNINA's annual convention. Hayes Sewing also earned a Certificate of Achievement for District Dealer of the Year, Top District Producer of the Year, and a Century Club Award for the 2012 year.

2016 Vacuum & Sewing Hall of Fame Inductee