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Value of an Antique Singer Sewing Machine?

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.
  • 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.
  • www.ebay.com/.../253369448144?hash=item3afdfef6d0...
  • www.ebay.com/.../132452614754?_trkparms=aid%3D888007...
  • www.ebay.com/.../192418768149?_trkparms=aid%3D222007...
  • www.ebay.com/.../112780382713?_trkparms=aid%3D222007...

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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January 10, 2020

I have a model 66 machine. I believe it works. It has the cord and is in a #40 cabinet. Would anybody be able to possibly give me a ball park range of what the cash value is on my machine?


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January 10, 20200 found this helpful
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Your sewing machine is not a model 66. The model 66 was made in 1902 and was a hand crank sewing machine. I think the 66 on your machine is referring to the bobbin number and not the number on the sewing machine. Here is a site about the model 66 sewing machine - ismacs.net/.../singer-class-66-sewing-machine.html

It appears that you sewing machine was made in 1921 because it was the first model made with electricity and it is model 99.

From what I can tell this one looks like yours - www.ebay.com/.../283732680751?epid=663421149&hash....

This will give you an idea of what people are asking for the machine here. Just keep in mind the condition of your machine and cabinet will determine the final selling price of the machine. Just because a person lists the machine for $329 does not mean it will actually sell for this much.

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January 13, 20200 found this helpful
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It would be more helpful if you would post a picture of your machine upright in the cabinet as it is not possible to tell very much from the pictures you show.
Also, post the serial number as it cannot be read from the picture you posted.

The cabinet does appear to be a #40 but also appears to be in not so good condition which will only appeal to someone (in your area for pick up only) who wishes to restore it and most likely will not pay very much money.
The same person may or may not be interested in the sewing machine.

Perhaps with better pictures someone will answer and give better answers.

You can also join Ismac's (free) and send pictures and ask questions about the machine because the more you know about the machine, the more value it could have.
Do not ask about value/money on this site as they will not answer if that is all you wish to know.

ismacs.net/digest.html

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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.
  2. You can determine this by a serial number look up by Singer: cf.ltkcdn.net/.../235-Antique-Singer-Sewing-Machines...
  3. Here you will see the serial number starting with E and the F reference. Go down to the number and it says 1911.
  4. According to Singer the value of your machine is determined by the condition of the machine, and the desirability of this model.
  5. Singer suggests that you have your machine looked at and appraised by an Appraiser.
  6. You can take your machine to an antique store and see if they will give you a value to buy this machine.
  7. Now take this value and double it and this will give you the retail value of your machine.
  8. Also look in the store and see if they have a machine that is similar to yours.
  9. Ask the price and how long it has been on sale in the store.
  10. You will need to determine how many months and every 3 months that it sits in the store it looses value by half.
  11. 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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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.

Here is an excellent article on the subject:ismacs.net/.../how_much_is_my_sewing_machine_worth...

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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).

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_odkw=Singer+sewing+machine...

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_odkw=Singer+sewing+machine...

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.

www.justanswer.com/.../6l1gp-1908-1909-antique-singer-sewing...

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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 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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September 1, 20190 found this helpful

I got a treadle sewing machine for $40 at a garage sale. Its a 1935 model E. It needed oiling, and a belt and the bobbin wheel. It runs like a top. The first machine I ever sewed on was a Treadle machine. Im so tickled that I have it. It will go to one of my grandsons when Im gone. He sews and is also a Marine.

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May 16, 2019

I am trying to find the value of an antique Singer sewing in a cabinet?
Info on the machine:
Pat. 5/22/1885
Aug21
July 23, 1901
D 1343102 machine
Service 5047431-motor


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May 17, 20190 found this helpful

If it is in good condition, it is in the $200 range, based on what I have seen on eBay.

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May 19, 20190 found this helpful

There are a lot of these older machines listed on sale sites but finding an identical sold machine may never happen and that is how most appraisers determine current value.

You can always check for sale listings on eBay, Etsy and Google to see if you can find your machine or a very similar one. Check eBay sold listings also as asking prices do not mean the machine will sell for that price.

I did not find your serial number on the Singer dating chart so recheck it to be sure. It appears your machine was made in 1908-1909.

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

Here are some sites to help you research the value of your machine.

ismacs.net/.../how_much_is_my_sewing_machine_worth...

antiques.lovetoknow.com/Antique_Singer_Sewing_Machine_Value

Sometimes you can get a free online appraisal that may help you describe your machine if you list it for sale.

www.whatsellsbest.com/.../antiques.html

You may want to list your machine on Craigslist or any other site (except eBay unless you are an experienced seller already) as you can start the price high and lower it if no one shows an interest.

You will need lots of pictures of every part of the machine, cabinet and markings/numbers.

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May 11, 2019

I have a Singer sewing machine, serial # 14012753. It appears from the database it was manufactured in 1874. The sewing machine is is excellent condition. It has the original leather belt, rotary button hole attachment, all the sewing attachments, and the wooden machine cover.

All the handles, draw slides, etc. are in excellent condition. What would the starting value on the east coast of Canada be?

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May 11, 20190 found this helpful

They seem to be in the $150-$200 range in the US. Canada will be a bit higher.

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January 13, 2019

I have a Singer sewing machine 1906 H series White Rotary USA with cabinet. How can I determine the value?


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January 14, 20190 found this helpful

It could vary, depending upon condition, from a low of $50 to a high of around $500. I would upload pictures to this website for a better appraisal: www.collectorsweekly.com/.../35979-1906-singer-sewing-machine

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