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Laura Allen has worked as a professional grant writer for over seven years and pursued many volunteer and freelance writing projects within the metropolitan Detroit area.Allen holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Oakland University and is pursuing her master's degree in public administration with a focus on nonprofit management.Old sewing machines with the name "Mercury" on them are known as "badged" machines.Badged sewing machines are mass-produced inexpensive versions of brand sewing machines, such as Singer, which were then sold to smaller chain stores who renamed them, providing them with the "badge" name.Two decades later, when the patents had expired and the Sewing Machine Combination patent pool had dispersed, White Sewing Machine Company employees D'Arcy Porter and George W.Baker built a new machine that made successful use of it.
They were Singer's first sewing machines to make use of "vibrating shuttle" technology. The many Vintage Singer sewing machine models look very similar.Refer to the books listed in the Reference section for help identifying your machine.Check for sale listings that have photographs with them as you may find your machine identified with a model number.Mercury machines were modeled on Singer sewing machines and are similar in design. Locate a small metal plate that is riveted to the machine's base, facing the front of the machine if it is manufactured before 1960.The plate lists the model number or serial number on it.