Posted 6 months ago
This post is a guide for people seeking help in identifying vintage sewing machines.
If your only interest is the potential monetary value of your vintage sewing machine, either choose the Appraisal link on Collectors Weekly (there is a fee involved), or read the external "How Much Is My Sewing Machine Worth?" article linked in the REFERENCES comment below.
If you want to know other things about your machine, such as the make, model or age, you can use the links in the REFERENCE comment below to help you identify it yourself. If that seems too daunting, then you can create a post about your machine and one of the Collectors Weekly Show & Tell regulars might be able to help you.
A few words about the images in this post: the vast majority of sewing machines posted here at Collectors Weekly Show & Tell by people seeking help are vintage Singers, thus all of the images in this post are of Singers.
That doesn't mean that there is no help for other makes of vintage sewing machines. There are a lot of links to information about other makes in the GENERAL VINTAGE SEWING MACHINE RESOURCES section of the REFERENCES comment below.
If you decide to create a post, add up to four photographs of your machine and in the description put what information you already know plus what you'd like to learn.
You're allowed up to four images per post, so here are some recommendations:
1. A close-up photo of the serial number (where available).
2. A photo of the full front of the machine, including the cabinet if it's installed in one.
3. A photo of the full back of the machine.
4. A three-quarters angle photo of the machine from the left and front sides.
Some people don't even know which is the front side of a sewing machine. They've never operated one, but have inherited one from their great-aunt Effie and want to learn about it. For those people:
The first image of a sewing machine in this post is a three-quarters angle view from the left and front sides.
The remainder of the images in this post are of the fronts of the machines.
Notice that in all of the images, there is a wheel-like device on or near the right-hand side. If you're looking at your sewing machine and the wheel-like device isn't on the right-hand side, chances are that you aren't looking at the front of your machine.
In the second and third images in this post, the serial numbers are circled in red. In the fourth image, a green arrow points to the approximate location on the underside where the serial number should be.
If your machine doesn't have a serial number in one of those locations, it's either not a Singer, or it's one of the Singer models that have the serial number in a slightly different location on the bottom of the machine, such as a very old Featherweight, or a model 301. You may have to examine your machine more closely and possibly even turn it on its side to locate and photograph the serial number.