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Singer Merritt 2404 Vintage Sewing Machine Review

The Singer Merritt 2404 sewing machine is the first sewing machine I bought with my own money.  When I came home from college I thought as a big girl I needed my own sewing machine.  Someone I knew was having an estate sale and had listed a Singer sewing machine.  I didn't know a lot about Singer sewing machines since I grew up in a Necchi household but I figured Singer wouldn't have lasted if they were junk.  My grandma wasn't sold though.  I didn't take her opinion into account though, she did everything by hand and had never used a sewing machine.  It has served me well and my step son loved it so much we bought him one of his own for Christmas.  At first, he thought I had passed mine on to him and I just giggled.  While I don't use it as often as I once did it still holds a very special place in my heart.

singer merritt 2404

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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 a 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 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>

Singer Merritt 2404 Pattern Selection
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.

Cams for Singer Merritt 2404
To put the cams in you just raise the top, where you saw the thread, and just pop it in there.

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.

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  1. This is wonderful information.
    My mother had a machine similar to this.
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  2. I've got this machine an all cams my mom got it from grandma when she passed in 1988 an mom gave it to me in fall of 88 for she had one I've had several but this one has never gave a bit of trouble unless it was me messing up lol as for cams I haven't really even messed with them but I have got them all in the singer's little storage box they came in only time I had trouble it started ratting the thread under the garment yea I called mom upset an she laughed when's last time u cleaned an oiled it I had never she threw a fit u gotta take care of it if u want it to take care of u so she walked me threw it over phone an yea it needed cleaned bad plus new needle an my kids had,the tension off thanks to mom it got back up an running .....
    Not sure what I'll do now mom has passed an I just hope an pray nothing else goes wrong
    But with all that said it was all user error can't beat this machine it's still does a great job....

  3. I found a Merritt 1872 at a good price and I've got it running pretty good, except the reverse button is really tough to push in. I have to stop what I'm sewing and hold the machine with both hands to push it in. Do you know what's causing this and what can be done about it? Thanks Mel.

  4. I have this machine. I got it when I was just 19 years old (now 60!) and it still runs like a dream! This machine is a true work horse with a heavy metal base, so it doesn't slip and slide when you the newer machines do.

  5. Just found your blog! Have a Singer 2404 and have a question about a dial on the top left, above the "S" symbol. There is no explanation for this dial in the manual and I wonder what it does. Anyone know?