Do you have an old Singer sewing machine on your hands, and you aren’t quite sure what to do with it? It happens all the time. Many people inherit antique Singer sewing machines, but not everyone really wants to keep them.
Therein lies the problem. “What is this thing worth?” you may be wondering. It’s a good question, and today we’re going to try to help you find the answer.
For an exact evaluation, you’ll need to go to an appraiser. However, you can get a good idea of whether your Singer is valuable or not before you make that trip. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Different Model Types
There are a few different models that you might have, and some of them are worth more than others.
The earliest models, like the Singer Model 1 and Model 2, are can be quite valuable. But they’re also some of the oldest, and many are in disrepair. These are pre-1860s, so it’s easy to see why.
The Singer 221 and 222 Featherweights are still used by seamstresses, crafters, and quilters today. They’re highly sought after, but relatively newer. They were built in the 1930s-1960s.
There are also rarer Blackside models. These were built in 1941 and 1947. During that time, demand during WWII had made chrome extremely expensive. So Singer replaced the chrome on these with black metal. Hence the name.
If you’re unsure of what year yours was built, look for the serial number. Then call Singer and give them the serial number. They’ll be able to tell you the year it was built, though not it’s worth.
Figuring Out What Antique Singer Sewing Machines Are Worth
As we said before, you’ll have to go to an appraiser to know exactly. But there are ways to get a good idea before you spend money on an appraisal.
First, try taking it to a reputable antique dealer and ask what they would give you for it. Now take that number and double it. At least.
Another way to do this is to see if the antique dealer has one that’s similar to yours. Ask how long it’s been listed at the current price. Now take that price and have it for every three months that they tell you it’s been waiting to be sold.
This type of valuation isn’t an exact science, but it should give you a ballpark. Then you can decide if it’s worth it to get it appraised.
Remember The Condition
The condition of your antique Singer sewing machines will determine much of its value. The condition can run the gamut from “excellent” to “poor,” and it will largely determine the machine’s worth.
Some Singer sewing machines get handed down in mint condition. Others are only good for parts.
Antique Singer sewing machines come in many different forms and conditions. Valuing them yourself can be extremely difficult. If you want an accurate valuation, you may need to take it to a professional.
If you have a Singer that you need to be appraised, call us today at Prestige Estate Services.