The Easiest Way to Find the Value of Vintage Sewing Machines
So you have an old sewing machine and you are wondering to yourself, is it worth anything? Great Question. The first thing that you need to do before you can find the value of any vintage sewing machines is to find the age of it.
It is actually a very easy thing to do. Let me walk you through the steps that you need to do to see if your it has any value. The following steps are based on having a Singer model, but similar processes will exist for other manufacturers.
Newer Singer machines go by model number (anything newer than about 1960). The oldest machines did not have model numbers, but instead had serial numbers. At this point, I am going to assume that this is a vintage sewing machine, and therefore that it was manufactured prior to 1960.
The serial number would be located where the model number was located, which is shown on the model number page on the Singer site. A typical serial number will be a 6-9 digit number preceded by one or two letters. Note that if there is no letter prefix, then the machine was made prior to 1900.
Once you have found your serial number, use the information on the Singer web page to check when the sewing machine was manufactured.
Now that you have determined the age of it, then you can determine the value of it. There are several different ways to do this from getting an appraisal or you can look and see what other similar machines are selling for online. For me, the best way to figure out a ballpark selling price is to visit eBay or Craigslist and look at all of them that are listed.
Here is how you would get an approximate value for your vintage sewing machines. Go to eBay.com. At the top of the page, click [Buy]. Then click on ‘Antiques’ in the Buy from these categories area. Scroll down to the ‘Sewing (Pre-1930)’ section and then click on ‘Sewing Machines’. What you will have listed is the current auctions of antique sewing machines.
If you want to be more specific, enter in the serial number into the ‘Find’ field, then click [Search]. The downside to this method is that the seller may not list the serial number and you won’t have any results returned, but it might be a way to shorten the list. No harm in trying.
Then what you can do is scroll through the pages and see what price people are getting for their vintage sewing machines. Because the auction only lasts a short amount of time, you may need to come back on a weekly basis or so to see a listing of other machines being sold. Therefore, this may take several weeks before you get enough data to see what you could potentially get by selling your own old sewing machine.