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Thread: Singer Sewing Machine Questions

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    Singer Sewing Machine Questions

    I found two Singer sewing machines and I need some help with identification and appraisal. I'm hoping someone here can help me. The first one is a feather weight Centennial model. The serial number is AK421688. It is complete and in good working condition, but has no attachments. They want $410 for it. The second one is another Singer and it looks like it needs a good cleaning. It didn't have an identifier on it so I don't know what model it is. The serial number is AE922770. There is a table with this one that is in rough shape. It has a light and a motor. Was that standard? This was only $35. I'm just getting interested in the older machines and need some assistance so I don't get something that I can't do anything with.
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    I got 2 from Shopgoodwill.com for under $200 and one on e-bay for $300.00 in 2012 - one did need a plug which was around $50.00 - but I end up with 3 machines. And all three featherweights had attachments and cases. It really is up to you and what you want to spend.

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    if you visit the singer site you can enter the serial numbers & find out the year it was made, pertinent information & down load a manual for them- and find out how many of them were made that year ect.
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    Hi Kara. The FW, as you probably know, was made in 1951 and as for the price, well, I think they always ask too much for those things just because they're cute. The attachments shouldn't be hard to find.

    The second one is a model 15 with a vertical bobbin which makes it wonderful to do FMQ, especially since it is in a cabinet. Yes, the light and the motor were standard, and the potted motor of the model 15 is one of Singer's best. It drives the motor directly without a belt.

    If you have the space, I would go for the 15 in a cabinet because they are woooonderful to sew on. OTOH, if you want to go to classes and need a portable one, the 221 is great for that. Me, personally, I'd hold out for a lower price though. But that's just me.

    Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
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    I paid $200 for my model 66 treadle which was in great condition. I got it off eBay. Craig list has great deals at least here on long island. I would try that if for no other reason than to compare prices.

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    Featherweights that are not Centennial seem to start around $250 on eBay. You pay extra for the Centennial. Ask over in the vintage area on QB you'll get the best information there.
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    Thank you all for your input. I'll do some more research and get back down to the store to take another look.
    Kara

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    Having a Centennial medallion on a machine doesn't necessarily mean it's actually a centennial machine. Dealers used to remove the medallion from beat-up machines and put them on cleaner machines to add value. Much of the value in vintage Singers is related to condition (the more pristine, the higher the price). A beat-up Centennial could sell for less than the same model in pristine condition.

    Featherweight prices depend a lot on where you live. They tend to be less expensive on the East Coast because of the density of population. In the Midwest, where I live, the top price even for a Centennial would be around $350 now. They could be more expensive in Wyoming simply because there aren't as many in that area of the country. For me, $410 is way too expensive for a machine without attachments and without a case in good condition (you didn't mention a carrying case for it).
    Last edited by Prism99; 09-26-2012 at 06:56 PM.

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    The featherweight did have a case. I looked into them a little more too and came to the same conclusion that I could get one with all the attachments for less. So I think I'll keep looking. My DH is trying to convince me to get the other machine, but I want to see if someone around here can do some maintenance for me and get it running. Thanks so much!

    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Having a Centennial medallion on a machine doesn't necessarily mean it's actually a centennial machine. Dealers used to remove the medallion from beat-up machines and put them on cleaner machines to add value. Much of the value in vintage Singers is related to condition (the more pristine, the higher the price). A beat-up Centennial could sell for less than the same model in pristine condition.

    Featherweight prices depend a lot on where you live. They tend to be less expensive on the East Coast because of the density of population. In the Midwest, where I live, the top price even for a Centennial would be around $350 now. They could be more expensive in Wyoming simply because there aren't as many in that area of the country. For me, $410 is way too expensive for a machine without attachments and without a case in good condition (you didn't mention a carrying case for it).
    Kara

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