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Value of a Vintage Singer Sewing Machine

The value of vintage Singer sewing machines varies depending on the model and condition. Antique machines made more than a 100 years ago are often more valuable, but vintage models can also have value to collectors, again depending on condition and rarity.
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February 8, 2019

How can I determine the value of a Singer 15-90 serial number is AG557039? It was made in Elizabeth, NJ we think in 1944? There is the original case, instruction book, and 6 different foot attachments. It has been in the same family since it was purchased. Of course it works!
Thanks for your help.

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February 8, 20190 found this helpful
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Hi,

I agree. I also found one of these Singer Sewing Machines on ebay for about $350.00. This is a very pretty sewing machine, and so many people like them.

Blessings,

Robyn

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February 8, 20190 found this helpful
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when you go to sewing aficionados websites, these machines rate pretty well. They hold up to scrutiny and still manage to work through the ages. I know quilters who still use these machines

$350 sounds about right.

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February 10, 20190 found this helpful
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The asking prices on these machines runs from $100 - $400 and they seem to be selling faster than some other models (of course, the Singer Feather Weight is the all time favorite).

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  • The difference in price will usually be determined by the overall cosmetic condition (working of course) as well as accessories included. But the area the machine is located may have some effect also as shipping seems to be running between $50-$90 and if it was available for pick up that might help sell it faster.
  • Here is a link to this model machines listed on eBay and the seller's asking prices. Asking prices do not really say much about the value but sold prices are what someone has actually agreed to pay.
  • The listing site is from Canada but the machines are in the US and US prices are shown plus shipping cost (within the US). You can place a watch on any of these if you want to see if it sells.
  • www.ebay.ca/.../i.html?_ssc=1&_nkw=singer+sewing...
  • Here is a link to the machines that actually sold over the past several months (3-5 months) so maybe you can find a similar set up like yours and see what it actually sold for.
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  • www.ebay.ca/.../i.html?_ssc=1&_nkw=singer%20sewing...
  • There are other sites to research but eBay usually has more listings and more sales than any other site.
  • You say that you think it is from 1944 but I do not find Serial #AG 557039 listed as a valid number. But close numbers appear to be from 1945 - ??
  • ismacs.net/.../singer-ag-series-serial-numbers.html
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February 12, 20190 found this helpful
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Love the old machines! So cool!! You have one of the ones that people still want. One just sold on eBay for $235.00 with free shipping, which means the SELLER paid the shipping, which probably took $50 off the value. This would be TODAY's market value.

www.ebay.com/.../323676734729?hash=item4b5ca30509...

(235-50=185) is today's value. They go up and down in price depending on everything you have with your machine--this one that sold had a lot of gee gaws and such.

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Accessories increase the value. IF you are trying to sell it, sometimes you can make MORE money selling it off piece by piece--meaning the feet and such as one "lot", the machine as another auction, the manual as a third, etc. Even the case can be sold separately if you have a case or stand or table.

I have done it both ways--and sometimes the latter is better since sometimes people want accessories but not the whole thing.

Post back if you keep or sell and if you sell, what you fetch for it!!

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August 22, 2018

I have a Singer 31-19 with cabinet and motor in very good condition. I would like how much should I ask for it.

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August 22, 20180 found this helpful
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This is an interesting article about these machines; last year it valued them in the hundred dollar range:

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www.reddit.com/.../

I don't see any listed on eBay or sold so there aren't any to watch or any that have sold to give you today's current market value--which is what people actually pay on any given day.

You may want to keep checking back to the eBay sold section to see what people will pay. That will confirm market value.

When doing your search, be sure to compare apples to apples, for example if one sells for x dollars and has a cabinet and accessories it is not comparable to just a machine and a few bobbins.

The selling price is also depending on supply and demand, so once you get a value, try selling it when there is a small supply and hope the demand is high, which increase possibilities for selling at your asking price.

Good luck!

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August 22, 20180 found this helpful
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The 31-19 machine was built between 1914 - 1946 but I did not think it had a motor? Perhaps I am thinking of another machine.

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  • If the machine is all original and the cabinet is of the same vintage it is possible you could ask $250 - $500 but if you planned on shipping the shipping would possibly cost a buyer $85-$100 so that puts a damper on selling for that price.
  • Most sellers list these machines as pick up only so that basically means your buyer would have to live in your area and some areas will do better with this type of sale than others (no one can predict what your area is like). You should check your local sale sites to see if any of these vintage machines are listed for sale in your city.
  • The vintage #15-91 is a popular machine that was sold with a motor between 1918-1951 but most of these are not bringing a high price - with or without a cabinet.
  • You might want to ask for an appraisal to see what the market looks like; just remember, the price an appraiser quotes is for insurance purposes (not usually retail) and for a generic area.
  • Here is a site that has some names listed that you might like to try.
  • antiques.lovetoknow.com/Free_Antique_Appraisals_Online

Here is a link to a manual that might be good to have:

ismacs.net/.../singer-31-47-and-31-19-manual.pdf

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January 28, 2019

I would like to know what this unit could be sold for.

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January 31, 20190 found this helpful
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Your machine looks like it is in good condition but you do not state whether it is in working order or if the cabinet has flaws and that is a big part of what sets the value of one of these machines.
Since these are very large and heavy they are expensive to ship and also very difficult to pack and ship so usually they are listed for sale as pick up only so that means the area you live in will also have a bearing on the value.

  • It is usually best to do some of your own research so you can see the condition and location of any like or similar listed for sale or any that sold. eBay is usually the site anyone checks more often as they tend to have more machines listed than other sites.
  • Although you can Google 15-91 Singer and see a lot of sites but since there are so many different models within the 15-91 number that finding an exact match is sometimes difficult. Some of the other style 15-91's will be an almost exact match to the bicentennial with only a few minor difference.
  • Your bicentennial 15-91 was probably made in 1950-1951 but I did not locate an exact date for your serial number.
  • Here are listings for machines in your style cabinet but I'm not sure they are the bicentennial 19-51. These are listed for sale so you can place a watch on the link to see if they actually sell. You can also try to match them with the overall working condition of your machine and also the location of these machines.
  • www.ebay.com/.../132907094395
  • www.ebay.com/.../292768235873
  • www.ebay.com/.../292149560552
  • Here is a link to the 15-91 machines presently listed on eBay so you can look through to see if you wish to place a watch on any one or more to see if they sell.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524...
  • here is the link to the sold items on eBay. Keep check on this link to see what has sold to see how they compare with your machine.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=singer+15+91...
  • here are a couple of links for information pertaining to the 15-91 machine.
  • www.wizcrafts.net/.../singer15-91.html
  • mermaidsden.com/.../singer-15-restoring-cleaning-and...
  • If your machine is running and overall condition is good I believe your machine could sell in the $200-350 range that is if it is located in a larger metropolis area.

Here is a link to a 15-91 manual just in case you need one for your machine. check out this link if you need further information on this machine.

ismacs.net/.../home.html

ismacs.net/.../15-91.pdf

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February 24, 20190 found this helpful
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Look like you have a centennial machine!

See this article:

singer-featherweight.com/.../centennial-1851-1951

There are too many variables here to give you an exact value without seeing exactly what you have and the working condition and cabinet condition.

Pristine, fully working machines, with all of the accessories (NO CASE just the machine and do-dads) can sell in the high $200s.

The wood case can sell (alone) anywhere from $10 to in the hundreds, depending on condition. People like them for bathroom vanities, but they have to be pristine.

Selling this online will be challenging also as shipping it would be impossible for most "lay people".

Since there is still value in the item, check around your town to resale shops or shops specializing in sewing items and get them o give you a selling price and their percentage.

Post back what you learn!! You are a lucky duck to have such a neat item!! Can't wait to hear what you learn!

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August 15, 2019

I am looking to find out the value and age of my Singer sewing machine. Serial number AJ968917. I can not find any information on it.

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August 16, 20190 found this helpful
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According to this website with all sewing machine serial numbers, yours is from the 1950:

ismacs.net/.../singer-aj-series-serial-numbers.html

Scroll to the bottom to see the span of AJs.

The 1950s was the "hey day" for sewing and they made a lot of these work horses!

Are you trying to sell it?

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