Singer Sewing Machines

How to Value an Antique Singer Sewing Machine

Antique Singer Sewing Machine Value

Thanks for dropping by our site about the value of antique Singer Sewing Machines.  The purpose of the site is to to describe how the value of such a machine is determined so if you have one you are considering selling or you need to settle an estate or you are looking to buy one you will be better informed about the value of antique Singer Sewing Machines.

First of all you should be aware of some basics of the  sewing machine environment.  Machines built before 1900 are considered antiques, those built after 1900 are classified as vintage and are not of interest to collectors.  Machines built of plastic or in Japan are considered to be door stops or garage sale fodder.  Also in the Singer Sewing Machine Collectors neighborhood "value" means more than price.  There are several factors that go into that determination.

To figure the value of an object it is necessary to determine why a potiental buyer is willing to trade their hard earned dollars for your antique Singer Sewing Machine.  Consider the qualities your machine has that will appeal to a prospect wants and needs.  It could be for sentimental reasons or utilitarian purposes. This will help in choosing the right sales approach to sell your machine.

The appearance of a sewing machine is an important quality to someone looking for that perfect part of a decorating or design plan.  The decorative form and style of an antique Singer Sewing machine is an impressive example of Victorian Era life style.

Historical value is another attractive quality of very old Singer Sewing Machines made before 1900.  

Next we have collectors value.  This is an exciting quality because if you have the right sewing machine with the right features a particular collector is looking for they are more willing to pay a good price for the machine.  Luckily Singer is the most popular brand for collectors.  They have great interest in various aspects including treadles only, or only hand-cranked machines. Others only collect toy machines or very small machines.

Another value factor of antique Singer Sewing Machines are their parts value.  Many times an older machine suffering for wear and tear of the ages will not be of much interest as a stand alone machine but their parts could be extremely valuable to someone repairing or rebuilding another like item or someone who converts parts into decorative items.

So, how does this information about a particular machine's qualities tell you how much your machine is worth?  It is hard to pin down an exact value because it depends on how much a buyer is willing to pay a seller on a given day.  Many factors go into this equation including history, completeness, rarity, region, season, model, etc.

You can get a scientific wild guess of a value from a professional appraiser but they are expensive and in most cases good machines sell for a few hundred dollars and in rare exceptions one might sell for over a thousand dollars.

It is possible to get a fairly accurate value determination by using some of the following tactics.  It takes a little time and effort but most of these methods are used by the professional appraisers so you can get the same results in most cases without paying a fee to a professional.

1.  Ask an experienced antique dealer to make an offer on your machine and then double what they offer you.

2.  Go to a busy antique store and find a similar machine to yours, note the price and ask how long it has been for sale in the store.  For every three months it has been on sale reduce the price by 50% for each three month period.

3.  Put your machine up for sale on EBay with a $10 reserve price.  The bidders will determine the price for you.  If no one bids you will know it is not worth $10.

4.  Check the completed sales of similar machines on EBay for sale prices.  That will give you a good idea of the value of your machine and the sales techniques used by successful sellers.

5.  Search the web for online antique malls and see what individual sellers are pricing their machines and then followup by checking selling prices.

6.  Check out auction results in the ISMACS News Quarterly Magazine.

7.  Study the history of your machine to discover any historical aspects that might be of interest to collectors.  A great source of this information can be found in the Encyclopedia of Early American Sewing Machines by Carter Bays.

Any or all of these valuation techniques can be used to help determine the value of your antique sewing machine.  Good luck on your value determination pursuits.

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