I agree!! Girl! You are preaching to the choir. AMEN!
Boye is made by Wrights. Wrights dot com appears to be in the [COLOR="Red"]UK[/COLOR]** (Correction, it is a USA company). :?? (See "Wrights entry at wikidedia.org)
** I'm back. I was wrong about Wrights. Wrights was founded in West Warren, Massachusets, USA but has been bought and sold since then. A South Carolina company, Conso International Corp., and owner of the Simplicity Pattern Brand bought Wrights in 2001 and renamed it Wm. Wrights Co. with the official trademark now being Wrights.
Susan Bates is a brand of Coats & Clark, Inc. as are Read Heart, Aunt Lydia, Fiskars, et al. It has a UK Flag (see Coats entry at wikipedia.org)
So, I guess it may be an unresolved "Independance" issue crossing "the pond." :shrug: