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How Much Is My Sewing Machine Worth?

 

There are several factors that affect the value of a sewing machine. The most important is condition. Is the machine free from rust? Is the metal work in good condition with no corrosion? How scratched and worn is the paint? What is the condition of the decals: worn or damaged, or clear and complete? And likewise, what is the condition of the treadle irons if it is a treadle machine? And how about the condition of the wood case or cabinet?

Other things to consider are its completeness (does it have the manual and attachments?); whether it works and how well; its rarity; and its desireability.

The value also varies geographically, as some machines are more common in some areas than others.

The reason a sewing machine is being sold also influences its price. I've seen treadles in very nice condition given away "just to get it out of here," and I've seen sewing machines in poor condition with a very high price tag placed by a hopeful seller, perhaps because of an emotional attachment to the machine.

Like any antique, or anything else for that matter, it's important to become an educated buyer, as well as an educated seller.

In the end, a sewing machine is worth whatever a seller is willing to accept for it, and a buyer is willing to pay. And the transaction will be more satisfactory to both people if they have taken the time to become educated about sewing machines.

So, because I cannot see your sewing machine to determine its condition, its completeness and how well it works; and because I cannot be familiar with market values in every area of the country and give an accurate assessment of a machine's value, I do not appraise sewing machines.

 

 

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