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    Link for prices ??

    Can anyone give me a link for pricing on old Singer machines? I realize price depends on condition, rarity, etc. but I'd like to find some kind of a price range & haven't been able to find anything without having to look through many, many sites.

    I have a Singer 99, mfgd 2-26-1925 in Elizabeth NJ.

    TIA

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    You'll have a tough time finding a "book value" on a sewing machine. Most of these vintage girls are really a "dime a dozen"...very few of them are rare. (Comparatively speaking)

    If I was to sell my 1924 99, I'd most likely start with an asking price of $100, and be willing to take $50....she's pristine, in a bendwood case, and has the knee control and attachments.
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    Electric or handcrank? If electric, do you have the dome case and the knee bar? Knee bars seem to get lost a lot (they fit in a clamp at the top of the case), and the machine isn't really useful without it. Is it clean? How are the decals? These are the big questions. An electric machine with scratched up decals, bad/dangerous wiring, and no knee bar will be worth at most $25 in my area since it is only good as decoration. A nice clean machine with good decals, handcrank or with good wiring and a knee bar, in a dome case could go for $100 as Charlee said.

    Don't be fooled by the eBay ads saying a 99 is worth $300; they really aren't.

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    I haven't checked eBay. It is electric, no knee bar, but with a foot pedal. Just curious if it would be worth spending the money to have the wiring from the machine to the pedal replaced. I haven't tried using it yet. The wire going to the foot pedal is so frayed I'm afraid to turn it on. The cord for the machine itself and for the mounted light look ok.
    Decals are in good shape. The wheel turns freely. The machine itself is not scratched. The domed wood case has a few minor scratches and needs a good cleaning/polishing. There is an empty clamp inside the top.

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    If you're going to sell it one way or the other, then sell it before repairs. Repairs are going to add to your cost of the machine, and depending on what you paid for it, could add up to more than what it's worth.

    If you're looking for a great little straight stitching machine that you're not interested in selling, then by all means, have it fixed!
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    I've had it for probably 15 years. A friend bought it as part of a lot at an estate sale. She didn't want it so since I sewed (I wasn't quilting yet), she gave it to me. I didn't even think of using it (just thought it was kinda neat to have) until I started reading here on the board about vintage machines. I may just ask SIL to replace the cord so I can try it. I don't know yet what I want to do with it. Thanks for the advice.

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    Check the CLOSED ebay auctions for pricing. Not listed price. That will give you an idea.

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    Those little 99s are pretty cool. I gave my DGD a little Spartan with a finger guard on it and she absolutely loves it. She sewed doll quilts on it for her sister's at Christmas time. Before the finger guard she was having all kinds of trouble sewing. I figured out she was afraid of getting vaccinated or donating blood. Her sisters looked at that finger guard and they want to learn to sew too. They think that little machine is way cute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    You'll have a tough time finding a "book value" on a sewing machine. Most of these vintage girls are really a "dime a dozen"...very few of them are rare. (Comparatively speaking)

    If I was to sell my 1924 99, I'd most likely start with an asking price of $100, and be willing to take $50....she's pristine, in a bendwood case, and has the knee control and attachments.
    I would loveto have a "featherweight" but see prices from $225.00 to $1.500.00......What is a fair price?

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