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Value of an Antique Singer Sewing Machine

Sewing machines have been around for over 100 years and there are many old-fashioned ones that can be still found for sale. This is a guide about the value of an antique Singer sewing machine.
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By 0 found this helpful
January 28, 2018

I am looking for any information on my 1874 Singer sewing machine. I am mostly interested in its value.

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January 31, 20180 found this helpful
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t is difficult to place a realistic selling value on a vintage machine as factors like true condition (difficult to tell from any photos), original or any restorations, working condition and where the machine is actually located as shipping would be very, very expensive.

  • Be very, very careful of how you list an item on eBay because if you list it at a low price and only a few bids are placed, you are obligated to sell it at whatever the last bid amounts too.
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  • Also, if you show a low shipping cost you are obligated to ship even if it costs you more than the buyer pays. You can place a "reserve" price on the listing but that does cost extra and usually does not help sell a machine.
  • eBay can be very tricky for a novice so if you go that route, be sure to do a lot of research.
  • Most sewing machines with a cabinet are listed on eBay as "pick-up" only because it would be costly and very difficult to ship.
  • This just means that you may have better luck listing on local sites like Craigslist.
  • If your machine is in fairly good condition and is working then you may start your asking price at $250-300 as you can lower the price if no one shows an interest.
  • Here are some links to listings presently on eBay that can give you an idea of what people are ASKING for their machines. I have not found a listing of a sold machine (in cabinet) over the past 90 days. Also, some of these machines have been listed for sale over and over. Notice that many machines have "pick-up only" for shipping info.
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This is one comment from an appraisal firm:

Even restored it wouldn't be worth more than $100. Old singers no matter the condition are not rare.

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January 31, 20180 found this helpful
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My Great Grandma left my Dad one because he was an only child. The one we have is or looks the same as yours and it is the same year. Ours is missing a belt to the machine and my dad made a new one. The machine still works and was appraised at $225. Hope this helps. But you will need to take in consideration the condition of the machine and the cabinet. This plays a major role in determining the price of the machine.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 18, 2017

I have an old Singer. The only number I can see is on a small gold plate. EF123093. Any idea of it's value?

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October 19, 20170 found this helpful
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Vintage sewing machine:

  1. Your sewing machine serial number EF123093 was manufactured in 1911.
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  3. You can determine this by a serial number look up by Singer: http://cf.ltkcd  erial-Number.pdf
  4. Here you will see the serial number starting with E and the F reference. Go down to the number and it says 1911.
  5. According to Singer the value of your machine is determined by the condition of the machine, and the desirability of this model.
  6. Singer suggests that you have your machine looked at and appraised by an Appraiser.
  7. You can take your machine to an antique store and see if they will give you a value to buy this machine.
  8. Now take this value and double it and this will give you the retail value of your machine.
  9. Also look in the store and see if they have a machine that is similar to yours.
  10. Ask the price and how long it has been on sale in the store.
  11. You will need to determine how many months and every 3 months that it sits in the store it looses value by half.
  12. Selling online will be difficult because you'll have to include shipping and handling costs. Shipping an older sewing machine is quite expensive.
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August 1, 2017

I would appreciate it if I can get a price value for a Singer sewing machine with the Ser. No:- V1459781 Class 127. According to Singer this machine was manufactured July - December 1909.

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

The first machine was invented in 1851. The closer your machine is to that date, the more it's worth. It also depends on the condition. You can take it to a dealer, see what he offers and multiply by 2.

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

It seems that over the years this model has gone up and down in value but I did find current listings on eBay and one was recently sold but there are many factors that determine value (and asking price is only that - asking) and some machine are in excellent condition and a collector may pay more than the normal value.
These machines are very difficult to ship so most people try to sell them close to their home such as Craigslist rather than eBay.
The value goes up if there is a good carrying case or table.

Here is a link to eBay but these are current listings (7/2017).

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Here is a link to a site that you can ask for an appraisal and the answer comes from experts in this type of item. It is free - no cost to you.

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August 4, 20170 found this helpful

The condition of your sewing machine will determine the value. My grandmother had one she sewed on for years. Fifteen years ago a person offered us $200 for the machine because the original belt was gone. However, today we were offered $400 for the same machine.

I saw on eBay that the machine is selling anywhere from $170 to $600 depending on the condition the machine is in.

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August 5, 20170 found this helpful

I am actually in South Africa. According to Singer Model List my machine was built between July - December 1909 and it is in working condition, i serviced it about 4 months ago.

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August 6, 20170 found this helpful

Your machine looks gorgeous.. I know it is difficult to really tell by a photo but I would love to have it! Too bad you live so far away..
I believe your machine would be well worth $300 or more (in the US) but it would be very difficult to place a value with you living in South Africa.
Have you checked your eBay sales lately? You can place a "watch" on something like this but it is no longer easy as eBay no longer has a link for "wanted items".
Sorry I could not be of more help but thanks for posting back with information on where you live and a nice photo of your Singer. Maybe someone else will be able to give you a better answer.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 27, 2018

How much would my 1953 Singer sewing machine in mint condition be worth?

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May 28, 20180 found this helpful

I found one from 1951 on eBay. The asking price is $76. Your machine is not over 100 years old, so it isnt antique.

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May 28, 20180 found this helpful

To get the best estimate, can you add the Serial/Model number? Also does it have any extras, like the book or accessories or the case? Most importantly...does it work? Ebay and other sales venues are all about the comparables...and you have to do an apples to apples comparison!

The sold ones on Ebay are all over the place....for example

--There was a 222K model that SOLD for $999 plus shipping www.ebay.com/.../222942450476?hash=item33e867d32c...

And on the lower spectrum...there was a model 99K sold for $49.99 plus shipping

www.ebay.com/.../372283485111?hash=item56add32bb7...

If you have one on the higher end of the spectrum and are keeping it...talk to your home or renters insurance broker to make sure it would be covered under your policy in the event of loss or damage!!

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August 19, 20140 found this helpful

I have a Singer sewing machine, model #192 with original proof of purchase and owner's manual; what is it's value?

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August 25, 20140 found this helpful

Antique and vintage Singers generally have little value, I'm sorry to say. However, some in 'mint condition' can auction for a fair sum (rarely into the triple digit figures - but that's rare!). The big money Singer collectibles are the Featherweight machines but your 192 is not a Featherweight, it's a 'Spartan', so named for being the simplest yet hardest working of the Singer domestic machines - the Spartan straight out of the factory (usually the one near Glasgow, Scotland) was capable of handling not only everyday fabrics for clothing but several thicknesses of denim, hessian and jute (burlap), even leather and so the machine had a lot of value to farmers and isolated rural homes. But it was a very inexpensive, stripped down model that didn't come with a lot of accessories.

If the decals are in excellent condition, if the machine is still in working order, if the factory paint is still on and in excellent condition, if the original receipt, owner-user guide (original!), and original accessories are with the machine, if...value depends on all of that and most importantly - if someone is interested.

If you're hoping to sell this machine, do your homework - check on the Singer website for the build date and gather as much of the machine history as you can (for example, was it a wedding gift to a young farm bride and did she use it to sew for the farm or a family soldier marching off to WWI and WWII? Did she sew everyone's clothing on it and do you have any of those garments or a quilt made from the worn out clothes?) - then write that down on a separate sheet of paper - this is called provenance and it adds to the value of the machine; check on eBay and CraigsList to see if yours or any model antique and vintage Singer are 'hot' and selling, and for how much.

Also do some search engine runs using the machine maker/model name-number+collector to see what comes up.

At this moment, the most you could hope for is low double digits (I mean low, like close to teens rather than fifty) but it's possible to make the machine more desirable IF you can prove provenance.

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