When it comes to used machines, it is usually what the market will bear when it comes to pricing used machines. Sentimental value may mean something to you but it does little to encourage buyers to spend more than the sewing machine is actually worth.
It seems that there used to be a blue book, like cars have, that priced used sewing machines. This blue book helped gave everyone a standard value for different sewing machines. Sadly, this book has disappeared. Used sewing machines have value but eBay is not the best place to find it.
To learn more about the value of used sewing machines just continue to read our article. It helps find the right sources for you to use to get an idea of what your used sewing machine is worth. Rarely you get maintenance fees reimbursed.
You are going to hate the answer. This is a depends question because there are so many factors involved when determining the price of the used sewing machine. Here is a shortlist of those factors:
There may be other factors as well like how many accessories still come with the machine if the parts were made of metal or plastic and so on. What you are going to need besides meeting those top conditions is the serial number
On a Singer sewing machine, you can find the serial number in a variety of places depending on the model and if it is a manual, electric or a treadle combination. For Singer models, here are the locations:
Then you might get more money for your used sewing machine if it is an easy to use model that is perfect for beginners. But the key to finding value is knowing what your potential buyer will pay for the sewing machine. Just be careful that your buyer does not low ball you and steal it for a very low sum.
It is hard to put a price on any used sewing machine model but a lot will have to do with the brand as well. Bernina’s may have more value used than other brands due to the quality of craftsmanship
Before we go any further, a few words should be said on the different types of value that help place a monetary amount on a used sewing machine. Just because it is an antique doesn’t mean it is worth a lot of money.
You have to be careful not to fall into that trap and get visions of luxury in your mind. Even antiques will be sold at the price a buyer is willing to pay for it and that price may be determined by one or more of the following values:
Again and not to sound redundant, your sewing machine no matter its age and place in history is only worth what your potential buyer will pay for it.
One of the reasons you need to know the value of your used sewing machine is for insurance coverage. Insurance companies will not pay more for an item unless its value is verifiable and insured properly
Here are some options to help you determine the value of your used sewing machine:
Keep in mind that the old sewing machine blue book went out of publication when the publisher passed away. No one seems to have picked up his mantle and carried on his work.
Depreciation calculations and blue books for other machines will only give you an idea and may not be really accurate for sewing machines.
Part of the depreciation rate is the brand of the sewing machine. If the brand name manufacturer is not one of the top 5 nor has a good reputation then you can expect your machine to depreciate very quickly.
But there is a calculation you can follow to get an idea of the depreciation rate for your sewing machine:
Ever since Mr. Singer invented his sewing machine, the company has produced millions of them. What this means is that finding a blue book value for a particular Singer sewing machine is not going to be easy.
One thing we can say is that the criteria mentioned earlier in this article will apply to the Singer sewing machines no matter their age and century they were made in. Then the different values that are attached to sewing machines, in general, will also apply to the Singer models you want to be appraised.
Keep in mind your sentimental value will be greater than the machine’s actual value. Here are some thoughts by a collector who likes Singer sewing machines. These points are the criteria he uses to place his value on the Singer sewing machine:
Every collector will have a different set of criteria concerning what appeals to them. Those individual criterion influence the value the person places on your old Singer sewing machine.
Finally, this website will give you information from a collector’s point of view.
While you need to be cautious when using ebay as a standard for sewing machine value, that website can give you an idea of what your used sewing machine is worth. Keep in mind that the price you pay doesn't include the shipping and handling costs.
Here are some prices for different top brand name sewing machines to get you started in finding a value for your machine. There is no particular order and we cannot list all the prices we find:
1. Bernina- Model 1230- $870
Model 830- $875
Model 811- $219
Model 831- $375
Model 1130- $500
2. Singer- Vintage featherweight 221- $190
Industrial 31K32- $450
Model 237- $50
Model 503A- $169
Model 6235 - $30
3. Brother-Model Ha2- B149- $129
Model 1211A- $142
Model 1351- $75
Model 451- $135
Model AF200 (Frozen)- $500
4. Janome- Vintage Japan- $588
Model L-392- $200
Model 532 J-A30- $149
Model Craft 7000- $450
Model 2003p- $82
5. Juki- Model LK-1900A- $3,250
We found only 1 Juki listed at E Bay which will give you an idea of their value to eBay buyers.
We cannot create a bone fide blue book at this time as there are too many variables involved in creating one. Suffice it to say that you can get an idea of what your sewing machine is worth by the numbers listed above and checking with different sewing machine outlets, antique shops, and even eBay.
You would be surprised at who buys used sewing machines. The list is as long as the many different sewing machines companies making them. The thing is you never know who will buy your sewing machine when you place an ad, sell it at a garage or yard sale or take it to an auction.
Here is a shortlist of potential buyers:
The thing about collectors, antique shop owners, and repairmen is that they will say your machine is worth less than it really is. That is because they want to make a profit off your machine.
When it comes to pricing they are not the most honest people around.
This is also a long list and here are some of the places or people you can go to in order to find a good used sewing machine. Make sure you know how to haggle so you can get the best deal for you like the collectors, etc., try to get for themselves:
Finding the retail value of your machine or one you want to purchase is important. That effort helps keep you from overpaying for a used sewing machine that may break down right after you buy it.
Here are those tips:
Buying used is always risky, even friends and relatives can cheat you so check the machine out first before you hand over your cash.
The value of a used sewing machine depends on the value you place on it and your potential buyer places on it. The two are rarely the same. There is no real blue book to give you an idea of the price you should sell your machine for but the above information should help you do it.
Used sewing machines are like used cars - it is what the buyer wants to pay for it that determines its value.