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Thread: 1954 Montgomery Ward sewing machine

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    1954 Montgomery Ward sewing machine

    My mother recently passed away and I'm cleaning out one of her closets. I found her Montgomery Ward
    sewing machine (185A) in the original cabinet/table. Instead of a foot control, it has a knee control. I even found the instruction manual along with the attachments - she had written 1954 on the manual so I assume that is when it was purchased. It all looks in great condition.

    Also found all kinds of old patterns, wooden spools, binding, etc. and some stuff I don't even know what it is!

    Is a 1954 sewing machine considered antique and does it have any value?

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    If it's antique- so am I!!! My father worked a second job at Montgomery Wards for many years, and I was born in '54. I learned on a knee lever machine which my sister now has. Probably from MW! Could you post a pic? Thanks for the memories.

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    I love the older machines with the knee control. Try it , I think you will like it! It of course has value .. to the right buyer, and the right price. Many of these "sort of vintage" machines are gaining in popularity as they still had the ALL METAL parts. A plus ,from my view point, is these old knee control machines are cabinet mounted... giving a larger working space without having to buy a seperate cabinet.

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    I tried to upload a picture but it failed - 5 times. Not sure what the problem is. I'll try again tomorrow!

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    Not antique, but vintage. I'll be watching for a picture. I am thinking about making an offer on a shiny black MW machine and I'd like to see if yours is similar.

    I just checked online and it's the same machine. One sold this week for $16 on shopgoodwill, but I think it was in a case, not a cabinet.
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    try making pic smaller, that may be your problem
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    I was able to attach a smaller picture this morning. Hope you can open it!
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    It looks like its in great condition , have you used it?

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    If I where you and I sewed and it worked I'd keep it.
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    You have a GREAT 15 Clone! Excellent shape, pretty machine! It's got more sentimental value than real value, but if the cabinet looks as good as the machine, you could probably value it at $125.00 or thereabouts.
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