About Us

50+ Years of service to the technical textiles industry.

Solent Sewing Machines, a family business was opened in the 1960s by the present owner, Ian Jenkins' Grandfather to service the local clothes manufacturing industry. The company is now in it's 4th generation! Times have changed with the shift in the clothing industry to Eastern Europe and Asia but our ethic remains the same, to make our customers the priority in everything that we do and to supply the best quality and most reliable service and machines. Working with Jentschmann AG, Zurich, in the 1980’s through to 2005, Ian Jenkins designed and innovated new machines and equipment for sailmakers who required long arm and special heavy duty machines, and sold them for Jentschmann worldwide. In 2005 on Mr Jentschmann's retirement and the company's change in direction, Solent purchased the long arm sewing machine business from Jentschmann AG and began to manufacture the same high quality machines in the UK. Solent have continued this and produced hundreds of long arm machines for sailmakers, tent / marquee manufacturers, cover makers as well as many other sectors. Solent now manufacture our own range of machines - available only from Solent and our authorized agents. These extra heavy duty machine have new technical innovations designed with the larger sail manufacturer (super and mega yacht sails) in mind. In 2004 we started our representation of Miller Weldmaster in the UK after we were approached by sewing customers who also had welding requirements and Miller Weldmaster asked us to work with them. We have gone on to supply many standard and automated systems to companies across many industries. Solent are UK distributors for Durkopp Adler and Seiko Industrial Sewing machines. We have been the European distributor of Sailrite products since 2004.

At Solent Sewing & Welding we offer the following:

Manufacture long arm and special sewing machines

UK representative for the following brands:
Miller Weldmaster Corporation - Industrial Fabric Welding (heat sealing)
Durkopp Adler Sewing Machines - Industrial
Seiko Industrial Sewing Machines - Industrial
Sailrite - Portable sewing machines

Suppliers of the following brands and products:

Sunbrella Fabrics
Industrial threads - Dabond, Ultra Dee, Strongbond, Moon
Needles - Schmetz and Groz Beckert (+ others)
KAI Scissors
HSGM Hot Knives and foam cutters
Many other items available from our webshop


Solent has been one of the best companies I have had the pleasure to work with. They are timely in their responses and give a strong impression that customers are their number one priority. From the top down I have not had a bad experience with any of Solent’s employees. The thing that may be most notable about them is there knowledge about the products they sell, which makes the process and stress of purchasing much easier. I have nothing but glowing things to say about Solent as a company.
Zach Grant - 
Sailrite Trade Program Manager
We bought a Sailrite sewing machine from you some years ago and were very impressed with your service and knowledge and know that we can always easily come back to you for help and advice. It's great to have a supplier as good as you guys so close to home
I've used your service many times and have always found you very efficient and speedy
We just bought a Sailrite sewing machine from Solentsew. It arrived on time and in perfect condition, shipped from UK to Madeira Portugal. The machine is superb, and we are very pleased with it.
Brilliant machines and super support and advice from the Solent Sew team.
Solent listened to what sailmakers needed and produced the right equipment” “People want bigger and bigger sails today and we couldn’t make the sails we make without Solent. There is no comparison between Solent’s after sales service and the competition. They are fantastic.
Martin Lindley, Elvstrom
As the owner of a successful sail manufacturing facility I know how crucial it is that my machinery and equipment suppliers are first class. It is fair to say that since I met Ian Jenkins from Solent, I've not bought a sewing machine from anywhere else. Over the years we have purchased both the specially adapted long arm and short arm machines and the long arm equipment in particular has enabled us to be more efficient, sew further into the sail more neatly and deliver a better product all round. As regards servicing and helping me when the inevitable breakdown occurs, the service I've received from Ian and the Solent team could not be bettered.
John Parker, Parker & Kay Sailmakers

Meet the team