Joseph Millard Merrow was the driving force behind Merrow's development of new technology,
and its growth from a regional supplier of crochet sewing machines, to the world-wide leader in the manufacture of industrial overlock sewing machines. Under his leadership the company achieved a place of prominence in the industrial sewing machine field with global distribution, hundreds of patents, and the distinction of introducing the industry's first industrial overlock sewing machine. In 1905, Merrow had agents in 35 countries and printed manuals in at least 12 languages. Sales for overlock sewing machines continued to increase and Merrow grew to employ more
than 500 people in Hartford Connecticut. Joseph M. Merrow was witness to Merrow's rise to prominence and continued as president of the company until his death in 1947 at age 98.Throughout the 20th century, The Merrow Machine Co. continued to be an industry leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of industrial sewing machines. By 1999, Merrow had expanded its agent network to cover more than 60 countries, and had engineered successful sewing solutions for applications ranging from emblem edging to butted seaming.
Today, Merrow is run by brothers Owen and Charlie Merrow, the great-grandnephews of Joseph M. Merrow. Since 2004 when the Company was relocated to Massachusetts and renamed The Merrow Sewing Machine Company, Merrow has led in the invention, manufacture, and sale of of industrial sewing machines, and has become an industry leader in web-based content, developing cutting-edge online support and training systems to advance its global network of distributors. From the development of micro-sites to application specific videos,
Merrow is committed to supporting its customers in textile and garment centers around the world.The Merrow Sewing Machine Co. is proud of its 170 year history, and is excited to continue its tradition of innovation and precision engineering in the 21st century. In addition to being one of the most recognizable brands of textile equipment in the world, Merrow is the oldest manufacturer of sewing machines still operating in the United States. The Company currently manufactures and hand-builds more than 40 styles of industrial sewing machines, from the elegant MG-2DNR-1 purl stitch machine to the rugged 72-D3B-2_R rolled butted seam machine. Every Merrow machine is carefully constructed and cam-driven, utilizing the most exacting manufacturing and assembly standards found in the industry. Merrow is constantly implementing design features that are incorporated in today's products while staying true to the original Company tenets of Quality, Performance, and Durability.