Thursday, March 16, 2023

Merrow Manufacturing Presented with a ‘Heroes of Peace’ Award

 Merrow, est. 1838, is owned and operated by 7th generation family members, Owen and Charlie Merrow. Both have diversified interests in USA-based manufacturing and distribution operations. 

Merrow now has four divisions; Manufacturing, Brand & Product, Medical and Wholesale equipment. Merrow’s strategy is designed around a central thesis championing job creation, workforce training, and manufacturing.

Headquarters are located on 6 acres with a 300,000 sq. foot facility in downtown Fall River, MA. The company is an integral part of the community and works closely with public and private organizations regionally. Merrow’s production is located proximate to the markets supplied, creating regional jobs and investment. The company attributes some of its great success to the culture that has been created within the company, a culture that goes beyond its high standards of production and is seen throughout the community.

The Merrow family believes, “To build remarkable products, as diverse as we do, it takes remarkable engineers, project managers, mechanics, logisticians, stitchers, quality specialists, and designers. The range of experiences and level of expertise at Merrow is extraordinary.”

According to Charlie Merrow, “Our history guides us, but it’s what the people of Merrow do every day that defines us. Merrow Manufacturing will continue to design, engineer, and manufacture the most remarkable products built in the USA.”

Heroes of Peace Award presented to Charlie MerrowHaving such a strong philosophy of company culture and community responsibility within the company is how Charlie Merrow found himself being awarded the Heroes of Peace Award. This award is given out each year on World Peace Day by the Mayor of Fall River. 

This year’s Heroes of Peace Awards recognized a group of community members who have been instrumental in helping the community recover from the devastating pandemic and doing so in a manner that promotes peace and social justice.

Charlie Merrow created the Home Project, putting aside the space in his business for a free store in order to help those in need. The building also hosts other initiatives, including the new Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art, rooms for a business incubator, new regional nonprofits, and the Fabric Festival.

Merrow partners with Texprocess Americas 2023 to Feature First-of-Its-Kind Show Floor Training Program

Texprocess Americas 2023 to Feature First-of-Its-Kind Show Floor Training Program 

The training program, coined “Training Takes Time,” will serve as the launchpad for a strategic, long-term initiative designed to promote quality training regimens that start in the U.S. and have the potential to expand to other markets across the Americas. 
Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) today announced plans for an entirely new, first-of-its-kind show floor training program that will launch at the upcoming Texprocess Americas, May 10-12, 2023, in Atlanta.
In addition to training offered on the show floor, 
Texprocess Americas attendees will be granted an extraordinary opportunity to register for free enrollment in twelve scheduled training programs that will take place in Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles throughout 2023 and 2024. The training sessions, which will span two days, are tailored for mechanics, operators, and facility managers. After the Atlanta exhibition, seats for the training will be priced at $1,800 each.
Brought to life by SPESA members 
Merrow Sewing Machine Company (of the Merrow Group Companies) and the Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center (ISAIC), the show floor training program at Texprocess Americas will demonstrate replicable and scalable teaching methods for machine repair/maintenance and use that to address the growing need for skilled workers in the sewn products industry. In addition to hands-on demonstrations, the training will utilize augmented reality tools to illustrate how these training methods can help scale the industry and support growth in the Americas.
“Using augmented reality tools, experienced technicians can virtually impart knowledge on less experienced employees and incoming trainees,” said Alex Stchekine, Research & Innovation Manager at ISAIC. “Technicians and instructors no longer have to be in the same room to share information, which is especially helpful for people who need to learn on the job over a longer period of time.” Stchekine continues by saying, “Augmented reality technology is capable of merging two real-time video streams to demonstrate how to solve issues and teach competencies, saving time and money dispensed to travel from one facility to another.”
The Merrow Group Companies and ISAIC are two key players at the forefront of workforce development initiatives for the sewn products industry. Through different educational programs and partnerships, both organizations are committed to revolutionizing manufacturing processes, with a people-centric approach that hones on domestic career development, sustainability, advancing manufacturing technologies, and economic growth — locally, regionally, and globally.
“There has been a massive push to bring the production of soft goods back to the Americas,” said Charlie Merrow, CEO of The Merrow Group Companies. “Training people here in the U.S. is how we support the reshoring movement. Not only are you providing people with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to find jobs, but you are also investing in your community and contributing to a more efficient and sustainable supply chain. Training is one key function to propelling the industry forward in the U.S. and the western hemisphere.”
“We have talked and talked about the importance of workforce development for the sewn products industry. Now we are turning words into action,” said Michael McDonald, President of SPESA. “Building and maintaining a strong workforce for the sewn products industry in the U.S. is critical. Having the Career Training & Innovation Center at Texprocess Americas this year will allow us to equip the next generation of mechanics, engineers, and specialists with the tools and resources needed to catapult the industry into its next chapter. I am looking forward to seeing Texprocess Americas serve as a backdrop to a larger industry movement here in the U.S.”
In addition to the Career Training & Innovation Center, the 2023 edition of Texprocess Americas will also feature for the first time a Tech & Start-Up Zone. This dedicated space will highlight companies with innovative technologies, ideas, practical solutions, processes, and products that are revolutionary to the global sewn products industry.
“The industry is rapidly evolving, and we’re excited for attendees and exhibitors of Texprocess Americas to have a front row seat to the action,” said Kristy Meade, Vice President of Technical Textiles & Technology Shows for Messe Frankfurt North America. “Our team is dedicated to ensuring that this year’s show offers meaningful exhibitor and attendee experiences through a host of new show features. We continue to track new trends, technologies, and developments across the industry and bring them to the forefront through comprehensive education and programs.”

Click here to learn more about the upcoming Texprocess Americas. Click here to learn more about the new show floor additions at Texprocess Americas. 
A schedule for upcoming Training Takes Time programs in 2023 and 2024 will be made available soon. Equipment suppliers and manufacturers interested in joining the initiative can reach out to the 
SPESA team for more information.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Merrow's MG-2DNR-1 MICRO: A Culmination of 185 Years of Sewing Excellence and a New Training facility in Fall River, MA

For 185 years, Merrow has been an industry leader in sewing machine innovation, consistently producing high-quality and reliable machines. 

The Merrow MG-2DNR-1 MICRO is a testament to this long-standing legacy, as it offers extraordinary precision in sewing the exclusive 1/32" (.8mm) Merrow MicroPurl™ stitch. This unique stitch, specifically designed for enhancing the edges of delicate and ultra-fine materials, is unmatched by any other sewing machine on the market.

This revolutionary machine not only reflects Merrow's dedication to craftsmanship and innovation, but it also marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the company. The MG-2DNR-1 MICRO is assembled in Merrow's state-of-the-art facility in Fall River, Massachusetts, where the company's commitment to quality and attention to detail is evident in every machine that comes off the production line.

The Fall River facility is a celebration of Merrow's storied history and bright future. As the birthplace of these remarkable sewing machines, the facility embodies the company's dedication to American manufacturing and craftsmanship. The MG-2DNR-1 MICRO, with its unparalleled precision and reliability, serves as a shining example of what the sewing industry can achieve when the finest engineering and passion for excellence come together.

The Merrow MG-2DNR-1 MICRO symbolizes 185 years of sewing expertise and innovation while simultaneously heralding a new era for the company in Fall River, MA. This groundbreaking machine and the state-of-the-art assembly facility are a testament to Merrow's unwavering commitment to quality, precision, and American manufacturing excellence.

Thursday, December 5, 2019


Round-out your 2019 budgets & stock up for 2020!

What's the best way to keep your Merrow machine leading the pack in performance and quality? By purchasing Merrow spare parts, of course! 

You can depend on the parts Merrow provides as all genuine parts. Merrow maintains an inventory for almost all legacy machines (600 models) and ALL Parts are available for immediate purchase-- there's no need to wait! 

In addition, all parts are machined to .001 tolerances and tested before shipping, so we guarantee you (and your machine!) will love the results. 

What are you waiting for? Ensure the longevity of your Merrow machine and shop today!

Got a question? Email us today for more information!

Or call us at (508) 689-4095
Coming early 2020, ActiveSeam® 3 – Merrow’s newest innovation – builds on its predecessors with a technically superior design that cannot be replicated by any other machine.  ActiveSeam® 3 provides unprecedented stretch and strength to all performance garments.

  • 3 distinct stitch configurations with  12 design options
  • Joins differently textured fabrics, including non-wovens and neoprene 
  • Increased processing abilities for thicker materials, as well as up to 8 layers of fabric
  • Easily fits into factory overlock sections

ActiveSeam® 3 retains a flat profile, yet is 30% stronger than a six-thread flatlock stitch that uses the same thread, fabric, and SPI settings. The stitch has a specialized threading to be soft on the inside, but tough on the outside for maximum comfort and durability. The flexible build fits and moves better than any other stitch. Activewear and other next-to-skin garments are lighter, stretchier, and stronger with ActiveSeam® 3.

Compared to traditional flatlock stitches, ActiveSeam® 3:

  • Uses less thread
  • Stretches 100% further
  • Supports up to 40 lb more weight
  • Maintains a slimmer profile
  • Is softer on skin
  • Crosses seams with fewer holes

ActiveSeam® 3 can be incorporated into thousands of designs in a variety of fields:

  • Active
  • Non-Apparel
  • Lifestyle
  • Military
  • Safety gear
  • Medical

Want to know how to incorporate ActiveSeam® 3 into your project?

Merrow’s Design and Development service can help!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The world's most delicate stitch

The Merrow MG-2DNR-1

Say hello to the Merrow MG-2DNR-1, also known as the
MicroPurl. Smaller than any other available stitch on the market, the MicroPurl provides an unmatched less-than-one-millimeter (1/32”) overlock design. This stitch size, before only achievable by hand, is subtle in clothing, ideal for lingerie, baby garments, and ultra-delicate medical equipment.

The MicroPurl machine sews at 5500 rpm, using a specially-designed apparatus to roll edges in a miniature overlock hem. The MicroPurl machine, part of Merrow’s Decorative line, has a glossy maroon coating to distinguish it from traditional overlock machines. MicroPurl prevents fraying on delicate fabrics like chiffon, silk, lace, and more. MicroPurl redefines “small” for delicate edging.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Merrow Portable Workstation

The MERROW Industrial Work Bench

Perfect for makers, mechanics, and hobbyists. Its versatile table top is measuring 24”x 20” is durable, easy to maintain and customizable to suit your needs. The Merrow Industrial Work Bench features a compact design that is easy to maneuver, mounted on 4, swiveling and locking wheels, (2.5 inch diameter). It features a comfortable footrest with silicone grip and adjustable height (33 inches to 37 inches tall).

Mobilize heavy equipment with ease, configure two tables as saw horses, or maneuver a numerous of tools at once. There are endless uses for this convenient bench design - supports 400 pounds! Now available in 7 beautiful colors to blend in - or stand out - in your space. Built by Merrow, a trusted name since 1838, in Fall River, Massachusetts.

  • Perfect for craftsmen, mechanics, hobbyists, and designers
  • 7 Colors available to compliment any environment
  • Space-saving design (24 inch x 20 inch table top / wheel footprint)
  • Adjustable height (33 inch to 37 inch) allows seated or standing positioning
  • Rolling, swiveling, locking (2.5 inch diameter) casters
  • Comfortable footrest with silicone tread
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Durable design. Built by MERROW® established 1838

the new Merrow building in Fall River, MA

 the Merrow building


A six acre campus in downtown Fall River featuring the renovated 300,000 sq. ft. Mill complex, built in 1871. The Merrow building contains a technology development center, 30,000 sq. ft. of flex retail with commercial kitchens, coworking spaces, the largest soft goods manufacturer in New England, and business Incubator. 

Up to date with flexible workspaces from 150 to 10,000 sq. ft. located in both federal HUB and Opportunity zones. With plans to add a women's health center to the already diversified space, the Merrow building is located one minute from the highway on one of the busiest intersections in the city and is less than one mile from Charleton Hospital.

  The Merrow building is less than 20 minutes from Providence RI, one hour from Boston, and three hours from New York. It is also on two primary bus routes, and features the largest workforce training program in the country for sewing. Managed by TIGIR (Textile Innovation Group for Instrumentation and Research), the building includes office and studio spaces, a health and wellness center, manufacturing floor, and design development offices.

502 Bedford St. Fall River, MA is a strategic center for commercial development. Lessees will have the advantage of being part of an ecosystem of development and manufacturing businesses. Small Format Spaces available: Dedicated desks, coworking, flex offices, team offices and incubator. Large Format Spaces available: 10,000 sq. ft. restaurant, 20,000 sq. ft. first floor retail, 10,000 sq. ft. first floor walk-in (medical or retail). 

TIGIR is a wholly owned subsidiary of Merrow, established in 1838 that has been at the forefront of innovation and commercial production for over 180 years. Backed by Merrow and a network of industry partners, TIGIR has access to state of the art technology and the distribution channels worldwide to market product.

Friday, February 1, 2019

New Merrow Activeseam manufactured in the USA at Merrow Apparel Manufacturing

NUEVO: La Nueva Compacta Mesa de Costura Profesional de Merrow


La MESA HELMSMAN DE MERROW es una mesa de costura compacta profesional, diseñada para ser la mesa más eficiente, seguro y portátil para todas las soluciones de costura. De ambos ergonómicos y altamente transportables, esta única mesa es la mejora de ambos mundos!
  • Altura de mesa que es adjustable  - ¡sentar o parada cuando estas cosiendo!
  • Ruedecillas de mobillarios que se cierra disponible en 2 1/2" o 4"
  • Cubierta de madera esta disponible en pre perforado o superficie plana - ¡se acomoda con TODOS típos de estilos de máquinas!
  • ¡7 opciónes de colores para adaptarse en cualquier estilo!
Esta mesa es la más estrecha del mercado, con una superficie de trabajo de 24 "x 20". El superfice esta compuesto de madera versatil industrial con una tapa laminada y está clasificado para soportar 300 libras. La altura es completamente ajustable que  permite una adaptación fácil para aplicaciones diversas. La estructura de Z-leg esta sentado en lo alto sobre cuatro ruedecillas de mobiliarios que se bloquean, haciendola extremadamente maniobrable. La mesa es ligera, durable y fácil de montar, haciendo la mesa ideal para cualquier ubicación --- de la producción industrial hasta la costura en casa.

Merrow Helmsman Compact Professional Sewing Table
LA MESA HELMSMAN DE COSTURA se puede hacer usado con aire, clutch o motor de servo. Hay configuraciones adicionales para ambientes húmedos. Mientras que viene estándar con ruedas de 2-1 / 2 pulgadas de ruedecillas de mobiliarios que son ideales para lugares de trabajo limpios y planos, también se puede actualizar para incluir ruedas de 4 pulgadas. Esta actualización es muy recomendable para cualquier lugar donde la mesa puede encontrar obstáculos o superficies irregulares. Las ruedas de 4 pulgadas se deslizan fácilmente sobre obstáculos y son menos de propensas a quedar envueltas en hilos, materiales y / o desechos descartados. Están disponibles en cuatro colores: gris, rojo, marrón o azul.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Merrow ActiveSeam 2.0: Six Variations of the MB-4DFO-2 Machine

Several publications have recently written about the MB-4DFO-2.5 ActiveSeam for medical compression, a part of the ActiveSeam 2.0 series platform. From performance apparel to medical compression, ActiveSeam improves product performance and leads the industry as the first branded marketable stitch, bringing purpose-built stitching and improved garment construction from the sewing floor to the point of sale.

What is the ActiveSeam 2.0 series platform?

 The ActiveSeam 2.0 series platform is driven by Merrow's MB-4DFO-2 series machines. The MB-4DFO-2 machines accommodate a wide variety of needles and feed eccentrics, including two different needle plates and up to six different needle sizes. There are currently six distinct versions of the MB-4DFO-2 machine, allowing users to work on projects with a multitude of variations, from lightweight to heavyweight material, or from general to specialized applications.

MB-4DFO 2.1 for lightweight knits
MB-4DFO 2.2 - for midweight knits, including rip-stop nylon, outer layers, lightweight fleece, or upholstery
MB-4DFO 2.3 - for mid to heavy-weight material, specifically footwear, including mesh
MB-4DFO 2.4 - with a wider slim, comfort, and infused stitch for knits or industrial fabrics
MB-4DFO 2.5 - for medical and compression garments
MB-4DFO 2.7 - for high lift/high pile materials

  • When compared to a 6-thread flatlock seam with identical thread, fabric, and SPI, Merrow ActiveSeam 2 & 3-thread seams proved to be more than 30% stronger and had the ability to stretch (linear travel) 100% further
  • With twice the stretch built into the seam and a flat profile, ActiveSeam garments are extraordinarily comfortable and do not restrict athletic movement
  • ActiveSeam 2.0 accommodates a wide variety of needles and feed eccentrics, including two different needle plates and up to six different needle sizes
  • The MB-4DFO​-2​ machines have also been shown to increase production speed: "...we just finished a time study and 'Mrs. Betty Blue' [MB-4DFO​-2​] has cut our production time almost in half." - Kate Sauls, Livell Co.

With ActiveSeam 2.0, the possibilities are truly endless!

  • ActiveSeam’s 3D Infused stitch allows users to add design without sacrificing function
  • ActiveSeam is almost undetectable when applied next to skin
  • With more stretch built into the seam, the garment can be designed to fit the human body better without restricting athletic movement

ActiveSeam is the future of seam and garment construction. Individuals or companies interested in learning more about ActiveSeam are encouraged to contact Merrow to have samples generated at the Merrow Stitch Lab. The Merrow Stitch Lab is an opportunity for individuals or companies to collaborate on the development of product in a unique and creative environment, connecting the designer to the factory and yielding practical, production-ready solutions for the construction of new products.

What can ActiveSeam by Merrow do for YOU? 

Medical Compression

Neoprene Fabrics

Athletic Apparel

Men's & Women's Apparel


Merrow has an Education and Designer Discount Program,
contact us to find out more.


Merrow offers in-house, hands-on training, check out our

Merrow OR ActiveSeam?
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