Quick and affordable online appraisals of Singer sewing machines

Communicate directly with a qualified Singer sewing machines specialist and get a fair market valuation of your item, typically in 48 hours or less.

Quick and affordable online appraisals of Singer sewing machines

Communicate directly with a qualified Singer sewing machines specialist and get a fair market valuation of your item, typically in 48 hours or less.

How much is my Singer sewing machine worth?

Have you recently inherited or purchased an antique Singer sewing machine and want to know its value? Mearto provides quick and affordable online appraisals of antique Singer sewing machines. All you have to do is click on the “Start Appraisal” button above and follow the steps to send us information about and images of your antique Singer sewing machine. One of our qualified and experienced specialists will review and get back to you with a fair market and insurance value, typically within 48 hours.

Have questions about the valuation provided, or would you like some advice about selling your antique Singer sewing machine? We are here to help! Our platform allows you to chat back and forth with a specialist to ensure that all of your questions are answered.

What is the history of the Singer sewing machine?

Isacc Merritt Singer invented the first sewing machine designed for in-home, as opposed to industrial, use in the 1850s. The first Singer sewing machine was patented in 1851. By the 1860s, Singer Manufacturing Company was thriving, selling around 20,000 sewing machines yearly. By the mid 1860s, their sales had reached 180,000 units yearly. Singer Sewing Machines found success because of the quality and beauty of the machines and quickly made Singer a household name. Many vintage Singer sewing machines are still being used because of the exceptional quality of their craftsmanship.

Where can I find a vintage Singer sewing machine?

Vintage Singer sewing machines can often be found cheaply at yard sales, flea markets and estate sales. Some mid-level auction houses and online marketplaces will also often have them listed for sale as well, but prices may vary. Buying from yard sales and flea markets offer you the best opportunity to find a potential treasure at a lower price than the real value. By the same token, if you know the value of your sewing machine, some antique stores and auction houses are good places to sell your vintage and antique machines.

How can I tell the age of my Singer sewing machine?

A sewing machine is considered ‘antique’ if it was manufactured at least 100 years ago. Newer machines can be considered ‘vintage,’ and may still be quite valuable. The age of your sewing machine can be determined by the serial number. Visit this or call Singer toll-free at 1-800-474-6437 or visit this comprehensive list of serial numbers for Singer machines to check the age of your machine.

How much is my antique Singer sewing machine worth?

The value of a vintage and antique Singer sewing machine depends on several factors including condition, functionality, age, and desirability of the model. Historical value can also bolster the value of your machine. Values can vary dramatically --  from $50-$500. But a very rare, functional, and exceptionally preserved Singer sewing machine can fetch two to four times that amount! A rare "Red S" Singer Featherweight in excellent condition with case and attachments recently sold for about $2,100.

For more information about models and values of sewing machines, consult Antique American Sewing Machines: A Value Guide by James W. Slaten, particularly if your interest extends to other brands of sewing machines. Other factors that affect valuation of the sewing machine are: completeness of the machine (does sit have all its parts and accessories?), and where is it located relative to the seller of the machine (sometimes the cost of shipping can outweigh the value of the object). Despite these parameters, the machine is ultimately only worth as much as buyers are willing to pay for it. 

Which models of Singer sewing machines are valuable?

Certainly the earliest models are very desirable due to their rarity and age. The early models are mounted on stands and the pre-1860 the Singer Model 1 and Singer Model 2 were large, however the succeeding model, the Singer Turtleback and the Letter A model, were both less cumbersome and more refined.

One of the most sought after, and lucrative for a lucky seller, is the 221 and 222 Featherweight, which are still popular with quilters, craftspeople, and seamstresses. Despite being a vintage machine, built in the 1930s - 1960s, they still work well and are a testament to the quality of the Singer product.

The “Blackside” model was only produced between 1941-1947 and lacks the chrome pieces common on Singer machines due to the high demand of chrome during World War II.

How can I tell if my vintage Singer sewing machine in good condition?

The following is an explanation of the various conditions that may be used to to classify antique or vintage sewing machines:

  • Excellent: The machine has few marks or surface abrasions and maintains shiny paint and metalwork. All decals are present with minimal damages.
  • Very good: The machine has been gently used, but maintains functionality and maintains its aesthetics. Some abrasions and scratches may be present, though there should be no rust. All parts should be present.
  • Good: This is the category that most antique machines fall into. Some rust may be present, but all major parts must be accounted for. Machine should retain good functionality.
  • Fair: This machine demonstrates significant wear, aesthetically and mechanically. There may be some rust and missing parts or accessories. The machine still functions and could be restored.
  • Poor: The machine is non-functional and will be visibly and aesthetically worn. Repair or scrapping the machine for parts may be possible.


Lindsey Bourret is the Managing Director at Mearto. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the business, she also enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of the fine art and antiques market with our customers through our website, blog, e-newsletter and social media accounts.

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