Friday, October 31, 2008

Evilness


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Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

latest merrowed edge find...


the peter nyguård collection posts this:

www.nygard.com - Nygard Collection US - Petite Smocking & Ruffle Detail Knit Top
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Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Monday, October 27, 2008

Another Great Museum


Harry Berzack has a great sewing machine museum. It's really, really, good.



If you want to see a great history of the sewing machine, harry's soldiers are lined up quietly in a small office in Charlotte NC.
charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Thursday, October 23, 2008

IFAI wrap up


here are some pictures-- i should have time to label them later. included are david zwicker, lonnie schwartz (both from superior sewing). Jason from Dunlap Sunbrand (talking with dave). A heroic shot of murray feit from consew and some bad pics of the party afterwards and the show through a window. Not the best photography (grimacing...) but should give a feel for what was what.

and did i mention,
it's over.


From IFAI show 10/22/08

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Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Day one wrap up ifai


Not bad.

The show is not well attended but there were some good customers here.
And this was time well spent.

The trade show itself is archaic...the concept that is. Companies that
spend this kind of money should be interacting more.. And most of the
time most of the people are just standing around

On to dinner in charlotte ..

merrow.com

charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Germany


The Germans are here.
charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Ifai update


The picture is harry berzak in front of a merrow display.

So far the show seems slow. It doesn't help that there is no wifi or
cell signal in the hall.

I've met with 4 merrow customers. More on this later...

charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Merrow stitch @ ifai


charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Saturday, October 18, 2008

a list of the world's oldest companies


Merrow is an old company....how old?

to put a fine point on it, it appears that Merrow is the 1356 oldest company still in business in the modern world. This is tracked back to 587 AD !

ok -- before i doubt on the data -- out of all of the companies that have ever existed... AND made it to today, there are only one thousand three hundred and fifty odd older than Merrow. wooohooo!

this according to the NationMaster encyclopedia

sometimes you don't want to be reminded of your age -- at 170 we're kinda past that. And, as I was emailed a link yesterday to a list of the world's oldest companies, i couldn't really help posting...
This list of the oldest companies includes brands and companies excluding associations, educational, government or religious organizations. To be listed; a Brand, Family Business or Company name must remain, either whole or in part, since inception. If the original name has since changed due to acquisitions or renaming, this must be verifiable on their website.
If you didn't click above, here is the list.

Ok. no one here is taking this seriously (not sure what about it would be serious anyway...) I mean who has business records back to 587AD. And what happened to the poor smithy who put out a shingle in 586? Big questions, little answers. In the mean time we should have shirts made up.... ;)
charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Friday, October 17, 2008

Stewart Brown, great design and Merrow Stitching...


stewartbrown: long sleeve lengthen tee
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We've been looking through the Stewart+Brown catalog, and I've got to tell you -- it's worth another look. Fantastic designs, a great ethic
Stewart+Brown believes in optimizing their designs and lives to attain the highest standards of quality and functional style while extracting the bare minimum from Earth's precious capital.
and lots of Merrow stitched clothing. Beautiful stuff.
charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Merrowed Ribbon


we've had some cool ribbon samples in the building or a while. sewn ribbon.... the merrow edged ribbon often has wire fed into the stitch. The effect is pliable and i'm going to guess, long lasting ribbon. The ribbon bizaar sells it here

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Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

overlock needles (the merrow brand)


quickly: Merrow needles are overlock sewing needles -- for those inclined to wonder?..? and as the top selling item here at the new merrow i've rewritten the pages to include the configurator, stitch samples and other niceness.

take a look. let me know what you think

note the merrow kooltorr needles -- black and heat proof. enjoy.
charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Dolce Gabbana with Merrow Stitching


the folks at Dolce Gabbana have designed a dress with Merrow purl (pearl) stitching... and it's a trip...

wow! (for a cool $2,650)

Dolce & Gabbana - Psychedelic Seamed Dress - eLUXURY
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Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Sunday, October 12, 2008

the windham textile museum


On saturday I drove to Willimantic CT to the Windham Textile Museum.

We have loaned 6 Merrow Machines to the museum for their terrific sewing machine retrospective. Among them are: the oldest Merrow Machine known to us, one of the most interesting, and a couple that did a great deal of the heavy lifting in the industry for much of the 20th century.

Thank you Michelle et al. for the opportunity to participate. I would encourage anyone who is interested to take time this fall to visit.

If you're feeling reluctant give me a call, i'll talk you into it... ;)



charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Thursday, October 9, 2008

anticipating a line of merrow refurbished machines


Ever wonder who builds sewing machines? This is a two minute video where we interview Spencer Barros and Justin Monteiro about the new line of refurbished machines built by Merrow


Merrow building Program for refurbished machines from Merrow SMC on Vimeo.

We expect to have limited stock of Merrow refurbished machines available on 11/1/08
charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Merrow on display at the Windham Textile Museum


Our history, which dates back to 1838, is being partially profiled in CT through December 28th.

We're still working on what machines to display, but it's possible that the rare 'Fascinator' and one of the worlds first overlock sewing machines could make an appearance.

For more information contact

Michele Palmer
Curator
Windham Textile & History Museum
www.millmuseum.org

The Mill Museum
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Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Update to the support pages


We toyed around with some lightweight javascript to make it easier to view the technical drawings for the machines.

This is what we've come up with -- you get here by clicking on 'support' and then on 'parts book' and then on a specific model of machine

or just click on the picture....

The Merrow Sewing Machine MG-3U interactive Parts Book
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Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Monday, October 6, 2008

the community


Merrow has been around a long time -- but in the industrial markets. As we begin the process of reaching out beyond the mills and production plants, we feel a little out of our element (but not much... ;)

So when someone takes the time to make us feel at home -- we thank you.

And after reading through the sewingwithstyle website i'd direct anyones attention

here -- history of cotton fabrics

or here-- some sewing insight
charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Saturday, October 4, 2008

the soft launch.... update


so the soft launch (of the new merrow website) on the 19th of sept. has been a success -- to the degree that most everything is working and we're uncovering problems as helpful people browse the site and find errors. (send them to me, charlie at merrow dotcom)

So far this is what we expected would happen. Sort of.

In order to get the site up we're holding back a couple of cool features -- these we'll bake until ready hopefully around the new year. In the mean time we expected most people to be excited about things like the stitch viewer, which has at our last count a lot more examples of stitching than you can find most places....

and the video section. Seriously, i'd thought that this would be just, well, beyond.

but no. apparently not.

people love the store, the support pages (which still need to be fixed...working on that today...) and
--the merrow community now merrowing.com--
(which is, admittedly really cool) -- but not the Videos?!? or the Stitch Samples?!?

---
there is a lot to love -- and the point of the soft launch was to see what works and what doesn't.

we'll tune, repair and rework things to make it resonate on 11/1.

Which is the launch date.
--

Send us your feedback. Tell me what you like and don't. We'll do everything make merrow.com work for you
charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Thursday, October 2, 2008

the blog rolls


We're now checking blogs... turns out there are a number of people with Merrow issues that don't know we're here to help --



there is also some interesting information we've found....
here's a great synopsis of the evolution of the serger and Merrow's role in it (also happens to be a good overview of our history)
charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Product Availability


Different parts of the new site are attracting attention -- interestingly the Ziggurat on both Amazon and Merrow has been a strong performer.

On Amazon you can find it here

and on Merrow it's here --

I'd like to think that it's because of the new colors.... ;)

Merrow Products for 2008
charlie merrow Merrow

Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space

Website updates


Additions through wednesday:

We've added a revised HD stitch viewing section. It is available here.

Here's a screen shot of the new stitch viewer

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We've adjusted the coordinates for 65 agents to better describe their locations.

We've added several videos, threading a MG-3DW-2 and a MG-3Q-3 (they're available on the HD video viewer



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Merrow has manufactured sewing machines since 1838 and remains one of the most interesting companies in the textile space