Value of a White Family Sewing Machine?

I have a White Family rotary sewing machine FR 253588 and I would like to know the value?

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February 7, 20190 found this helpful

This one is asking $276.

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February 8, 20190 found this helpful


I would not take anything below $150.00 to $200.00 since yours in in such good shape.



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February 9, 20190 found this helpful

Looks like your machine is in very good condition but the problem with treadle machines is the cost of shipping such a heavy piece.


This means the machines are usually posted in ads as "pick up only" and the value may depend on where you are located and if your area is "into" vintage sewing machines.

  • Not everyone has a sewing room anymore and a treadle takes up a lot of room and that is why the "portable" machines are still popular.
  • Judy shows a listing for a portable (not a treadle) so you cannot compare this with your machine and most likely, it will be very difficult to find an exact machine and that is really the only way to give a good estimate of value.
  • Appraisers use past sales to determine a current value and they many times have to use "similar" machines to reach a current estimated price.
  • Here is a similar machine that looks to be in the same age group and is also in good working condition.
  • Actually, this looks like a really outstanding machine so try to compare it with yours. It also has a lot of accessories which will increase the value but more important it will get a lot more interest and may be a big selling point. You may also have accessories but these can also be sold separately.
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  • The pictures are good and they have a very good description other than they have no serial number or model number. This happens a lot as many people do not do research to find information on their items.
  • I'm only mentioning this as this listing will give you a good idea of how to post your machine if you decide to sell it. You can place a watch on this machine to see if it sells.
  • Here is a link to a glossary of White machines that you might find interesting. Most of these will not still be for sale either because they sold or the seller stopped linting. If you see something that looks interesting, click on the "see similar items" and it will usually take you to the item and click on original listing (right side) and you may be able check out the machines. If it did not sell it will have "0" bids shown. This type of research is the only way you will be able to find a price even close to the value.
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  • Here is a link to machines currently listed on eBay so you can sort through these to see if any are similar. Be sure to place a watch on any that appear similar.
  • I did find a lot of these older treadles (in various conditions) listed for under $200 and many are not being sold but most are local pick up only so the area may have a lot to do with the sales.
  • You have your serial number but I have not been able to date it yet.
  • If you call the Husqvarna/Viking/White company at 800 - 446-2333, they will date your machine for you.
  • Here is a popular sewing machine site - Ismacs - and they have a link about finding the value:
  • Here is a link that has information about this type of White machine but just for information only.
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  • You may be able to ask your question about value at one or more of the free appraisal sites.
  • They will want good pictures of the full machine; front, side, treadle, top and plates as well as a good description of the overall condition. Working? Need parts/needles/accessories. Also any information you have on past history (provenance); any place it has been, who had it, how long, any city/state it has been, etc...
  • This is some trouble but it is the best way to obtain information. They may not tell you the value in your area but will give you either an estimated resale value or an insurance value. Since this is a sewing machine be aware - some may not answer so ask your question at more than one site.
  • You can also pay $17 for an appraisal.
  • Finding the true value of an item like this takes a lot of research and since you have the machine you can determine what is similar and check prices for several months.
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  • As for listing your machine, I would suggest sites like your local Craigslist, USA4Sale, Nextdoor and other sites that post listings in your area so if someone is interested they can see the machine and no shipping involved.
  • Start your price at $600 and reduce it if no one shows an interest.
  • I love these sewing machines but I have too many now but I hope you will have good luck in selling your machine.

Here is a link about White history:

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February 21, 20190 found this helpful

Great piece!! Cybergrannie gave you a lot of good info!!

The only thing I can add is what I see in my area, which is the cabinets can sell for way more without the machine as a lot of people turn these into things like bathroom vanity cabinets. I had my heart set on one for years, but could never afford it. I have seen them fetch in the high $400s for cabinets that are in pristine shape.

I settled for a nice store bought piece so I am out of the market for the cabinet. But if you wanted to separate the machine from the cabinet you may fetch more for them separately than together.

Post back what you decide!! Thanks for sharing!! I love old sewing goodies!!!

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