Whether you inherited it from family, found it at an estate sale or are an avid collector, your antique sewing machine could be worth more than you think. Here are some starter tips to help determine your antique sewing machine value.
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes
Age of the Antique Sewing Machine
The age of the sewing machine is the first indicator of value. The first working sewing machine was invented in the 1840s. Because of their historical importance, sewing machines from the mid to late 1800s are rare and almost always valuable.
Vintage sewing machines from the 1940s and 50s are also a hit since they’re often found in bright, retro colors. Sewing machines from the 1900s are not considered antique—although they make for fun interior décor.
Here’s the thing, most 20th-Century machines were made in the millions, and since they’re constructed out of metals, many survive the test of time. Unfortunately, this will bring down retail value. Some machine brands are rare, but the machine model itself is likely to be common under a number of names.
Determine the Machine’s Brand
Determining the brand wil help you know the value of your sewing machine – and if it’s infact, an antique sewing machine. Here is a quick breakdown of the most popular machines of the 20th century and before!
- Singer brand machines are among the most popular, but they are also the most expensive machines. Singer sewing machines tend to come a little cheaper nowadays since they were in such mass production in the 20th-century.
- Willcox & Gibbs is a company that made machines starting in the founded in the 19th century for both industrial and domestic use! Since these are pre-20th century, they also retain a lot of value.
- Wheeler & Wilson machines became famous for their ability to hem. One of their most sought after machines was capable of making 100 buttonholes per hour all the way back in 1860!
- White is one of the most selling sewing machines in the United States, right behind Singer! They are usually less valueable due to their mass production.
Condition of the Antique Sewing Machine
The condition of your antique sewing machine is important to collectors. Rusting, chipping and obvious broken parts will decrease the machine’s value.
After you’ve considered the age and condition of your sewing machine use eBay to research further. Online antique dealers can be another valuable resource. If you’ve looked online and haven’t found similar sewing machines, take your machine to an antique appraiser.
Knowing what determines your sewing machine value will help you avoid offers and appraisals that are too low or too good to be true.
Keep Your Antique Sewing Machine Mint!
After you’ve found out more about your sewing machine, make sure you keep it in mint condition. For starters, you can store it in a temperature controlled storage unit with SecurCare Self Storage. By offering a variety of self-storage units in several sizes, we also offer some of the most requested features like fenced perimeters and security cameras. We continually strive to satisfy all of our tenants’ storage needs. Chat with us today and store your valuables tomorrow.
Find out what more antiques are worth on the blog:
This post was published on 9/19/2019. It was updated on 11/15/21.