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I was pretty sure this machine died about six years ago. I could only get it to straight stitch and not very well. So I went off and bought a new computerized sewing machine and put it away. Paul wouldn't let me toss it though. After he tackled a few other machines he dug out the Singer Merritt and took it to the spa. It didn't take him long to have the machine back up and running. The cams not working was user error. I wasn't pushing them down far enough to get them to engage the follow arm. The follow arm is what goes around the cam to make the pretty stitches.
This is the "newest" of my vintage machines and if you use 25 years as for how old something has to be to be vintage it just barely makes it. It was made in the 80s and mine was born in Brazil. It does have nylon gears and for the most part, I shy away from those. The plus side is that there are some metal replacement gears out there. I really should buy one and replace the one nylon gear in it. It's belt driven and in theory could be turned into a treadle machine. I haven't seen one but I have seen one as a hand crank.
It makes all kinds of fancy stitches, 30 to be exact if you have the cams. I have all but a few and I suspect that they were part of an add-on. I struggle with getting the cams in right but hubby has no issues whatsoever. He can just hold his mouth right better than I can. For some reason, Singer didn't number the stitches in order, if you zoom on the picture you'll notice the last stitch is number 37 but there are some numbers missing. I put it off to the fact that this machine was designed in the 70s probably. <wink>
|All of the stitches it can make if you have the disks.|
You can purchase the cams on Ebay. They run about $7 a piece so if you are looking at a machine like this make sure the cams are with it or at least the cams you'll want.
I did a little looking to see what they were going for on Ebay. I've had mine for a long time so I wanted to see what pricing was like now. They currently run between $50 and $150 on Ebay plus shipping. Like I've said before I shy away from them being shipped because I've seen some horror stories. They run about $60 on Craigslist in my area. So I'd say a fair price would be around $70 nationwide.
Don't forget to check out our other Singer Sewing Machine posts. You can get the manual for the Singer Merritt 2404 from Singer as a FREE download.
I don't know about you but I like to have cute saying hanging around my sewing area. I've made this great printable that has just a little bit of truth to it.
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