Antique Sewing Machine Appraisal

By Mark Jackson

For many, the antique Singer sewing machine value is mostly, or partially, sentimental. Machines were usually passed on to other family members. This does not, however, mean that antique Singer machine value lies purely in the sentimental, or in the family tree. Collectors seek out Singer machines for the workmanship.

Singer started to manufacture sewing machines back in 1851, later on in 1856, was when the first home model came into existence. They were offered on a credit payback plan.

These earlier models were stand mounted and featured one pedal while later models featured lock-stitch shuttles (patented by Singer in 1859) and two pedals. The machine that started a home-sewn revolution was so popular, it even had its own "action figures"-toy and miniature sewing machines made of cast iron.

Over the next several decades, Singer focused on creating more affordable models for home-use through mass production, leaving the original beauties behind. In the early 1900s, the flip top model came into existence, and then, the plastic portable ones that we have come to know today.

The original models from the mid to late 1800s and are in good condition, can easily fetch thousands of dollars for heavy sewing machine enthusiasts. While condition is certainly a factor, antique Singer sewing machine value is more concerned with the year the machine was made, over the condition of the machine.

Factors that may be considered in determining the value of your antique Singer sewing machine include decoration on the machine and whether it is older, with a one pedal treadle or two pedal treadles. And, machines that are available with all original parts are going to fetch the highest prices. To get information about your pre-1900 Singer sewing machine, you can contact the Singer manufacturer at 1-800-4-SINGER for a verbal appraisal and have your model type, serial number and wits ready. - 30655

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