Value of a 1927 White Rotary Sewing Machine?

I just found a 1927 White rotary sewing machine, model 15X6983. I have two questions. This machine comes with a cabinet which has water damage on the back, but it also comes with the original manual, a pattern instruction book, and all of the feet accessories.


My 1st question is that I plugged it in and turned on the light, but cannot find a power button. Is this a manual machine or electric? From the pictures can you tell if something is missing like maybe a belt? My 2nd question is, I am trying to figure out what this model would be worth, so I can get the best possible price for my boss.

Thanks for all your help. I think the machine looks pretty good.

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May 4, 20200 found this helpful

Looks like a nice machine. It is electric but there is probably some reason it is not turning on that we cannot see.
With a machine like this you really need to discuss your problems/questions with people who have real knowledge of these machines - they know all about these and love to help people. There are several antique/vintage sewing machine forums around but here are links to the best two. You will have to join their site (free for just asking questions) but they will tell you everything about this machine so if you decide to sell it you'll have all the information you need to describe it beautifully.
However, they are not into quoting value as these are collectors but with the information they give you - especially to get it running properly - you'll be able to research the value yourself.

Here is a link to eBay sales so you can get an idea of what is listed at the present time. You need to understand there will be several models of the 1927 White so not all will look the same as yours.
This link will show you the prices people are asking for their machines but these prices are not current value as only a sold article can tell you what someone is willing to pay.
It is not a really big ticket item but some sales may go into several hundred dollars - if the condition is really good and everything is working.

Bear in mind this is not a good time to sell so this will give you time to discuss your machine with the experts.
Also, shipping will be expensive so most sellers list their machines as 'local pick up only' and of course this would mean that where you are located will have some effect on the total value as some areas may like these and others may not five them a second glance.
Here is where one machine sold for #109 but it is not the same as yours and it is in a carrying case and not a cabinet. Every detail will make a difference in what price you will finally receive.

Post back with what information you receive.

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May 4, 20200 found this helpful

This is a electric machine. It does not have a on/off switch. Refer to your book, and contact company for repairs and trouble shooting for this vintage machine. There is a few things that would need some repair or replacement to make this lovely vintage piece in working order!

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May 9, 20200 found this helpful

My grandmother had one of these machines and it sat in a sewing machine case. it did not have a foot pedal to operate the machine but instead, there was a level on the side where she sat and had to push in the level with her leg to make the machine sew. I think this machine is missing the case and the level that you need to make it run. I learned how to sew on this machine when I was younger and the level would move up and down when you wanted to use the machine or not. All you basically had to do was plug it in, then move the level down next to your leg and when you were ready to sew put some pressure on the level so it would move over to the right and the machine would state to sew.

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