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bessiemae
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Date: 9/14/12 3:33 PM

Friend and I happened upon the Kent State Fashion School Store. It's a fashion student work study/co-op in merchandising and provides a place for students to sell their work. They also self publish a fashion mag highlighting student work for major design houses and trend spotting. Pretty cool!

My curiosity picqued, I asked the nice student about the machines they use in the their sewing labs. I expected to hear TOTL's. Thinking they'd be donate or discounted....like maybe " The Bernina Sewing Lab" or " Pfaff Pre- Professional Sewing"? Nope.

" We have industrials linked to a common engine ( motor? huh?). We use vintage all metal Singer's for some detail work. There are serger stations. And we use Brother for embroidery."

I asked the student if he'd seen the new Brother Dreamweaver line, and he started gushing over the specs.

Mostly, it was fun to talk to the enthusiastic soon- to- be- pros!

BTW: the store has stunning knitwear and adorable ( albeit tiny sample size) dresses. Flawless craftsmanship! Average price for a designer original locally made top was $50.

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Date: 9/14/12 3:35 PM

That's pretty much what they have on Project runway

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Date: 9/14/12 3:40 PM

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That's pretty much what they have on Project runway

Guess I should watch more tv!

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Date: 9/14/12 3:57 PM

On Project Runway, the machines are Brother industrials and I think they have Merrow machines as well--whatever those might be. If only Merrow ponied up for sponsorship! (Sigh, there's a surprising amount of filler in each show, these days.)

They might have used other machines in LA (which was not hosted by Parsons) or in the very first seasons.

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Date: 9/14/12 4:50 PM

I'm pretty sure merrow refers to serging. I think that term is used interchangeably, such as "a merrowed edge' on napkins. So I don't think it is a brand name, but I'm certain somebody here will chime in if it is.

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Date: 9/14/12 5:19 PM

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I'm pretty sure merrow refers to serging. I think that term is used interchangeably, such as "a merrowed edge' on napkins. So I don't think it is a brand name, but I'm certain somebody here will chime in if it is.

merrow invented the overlocker, and has been making them for a long time, like over a 100 years. They've been making machines for a lot longer; their first machines were various knitting machines.
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Date: 9/14/12 5:53 PM

Quote: andye
On Project Runway, the machines are Brother industrials and I think they have Merrow machines as well--whatever those might be. If only Merrow ponied up for sponsorship! (Sigh, there's a surprising amount of filler in each show, these days.)



They might have used other machines in LA (which was not hosted by Parsons) or in the very first seasons.




Project Runway: The merrowing machine/serger is what "pro" Andrea could not change threads on and one of the younger guys (Fabio, maybe) jumped up and stopped her from ripping the thread out and showed her how to tie off to change the thread.

I could not believe what I was seeing........

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Date: 9/14/12 9:21 PM

See, I knew someone here would know. All I'm familiar with is the verb that evolved from the brand name!

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Date: 9/14/12 10:33 PM

I had to google it when I watched that episode too. The Merrow website is actually pretty fascinating. If you click at the top of the page on the "sewing applications" tab, you can browse through oodles of different applications, each one with it's own specialised machine. Here's the rolled hem page as an example

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Date: 9/17/12 9:58 AM

I love the micropurl machine. I can only imagine the eyeroll I would get from my husband if I brought one of these home!

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