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At the largest sewing training facility in the country, Merrow teaches the skills to develop a wide range of soft goods. Merrow’s free workforce training program creates skilled stitchers and offers them full-time sewing jobs in in Fall River, Massachusetts. During the month-long training, attendees learn basic and advanced techniques on seven different machine types, including flatlock, merrow, and coverstitch.
Merrow’s training program works in partnership with MassHire to create these full-time sewing employment opportunities, and in each of the last three years the program has doubled in size, creating hundreds of qualified stitchers like Vilmarie, a graduate of the Summer 2019 session. “I highly recommend the training program,” she says. “When I came in, I knew almost nothing about sewing, but the teacher was patient and helpful. I learned a lot, and I’m learning more every day on the sewing floor.”
Basic and advanced sewing techniques
Hands-on experience sewing various fabrics
Training on seven different types of sewing machine
Merrow is expanding the success of this program by introducing a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. Inmates will train hands-on at the Merrow building, developing sewing experience on state-of-the-art equipment. After release, Merrow will provide employment opportunities that use their refined skills.