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    How Old Is Vintage?

    I have this Singer and don't know what year/model it is or how much it is worth.
    I have no idea what a fair price would be. Please help! Thanks for your help.

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    It's not worth a single penny, so you should just mail it to me to get it out of your way!!!

    I don't know squat about vintage machines so I'm not going to be helpful here, I just came to drool over your really pretty machine. They sure don't make 'em like the used to...even that case is beautiful.

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    O.M.G. she is beautiful....please don't sell her. Does she run ???
    you could go onto the Singer website and date her I think...she should have a model and serial number plate. I just did that for my mothers featherweight and found out she was manufactured in 1939.
    Perhaps go onto ebay and look for finished sales for a price once you have the Singer information.
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    First, find the serial number on the machine and look it up on this website:
    http://www.singerco.com/support/machine-serial-numbers

    That will tell you what year it was made. Then do a google search putting in the terms "singer sewing machine" and "year[the number of whatever year you found above]".

    The postings you find will include Amazon, eBay, etc sales and you can see what kinds of prices people are expecting to get for this model machine. DO NOT GIVE THIS MACHINE AWAY FOR A SONG! It is valuable even if it is not working right now. It can be fixed. I love it, but live too far away to come to your yard sale ... {sigh}.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    O.M.G. she is beautiful....please don't sell her. Does she run ???
    you could go onto the Singer website and date her I think...she should have a model and serial number plate. I just did that for my mothers featherweight and found out she was manufactured in 1939.
    Perhaps go onto ebay and look for finished sales for a price once you have the Singer information.
    Yes she does run, although I haven't used her for a couple years now. Thanks for the info.

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    You should post this in the Vintage section. There are members who go there that have a fountain of knowledge on these things. I'd say that it looks like a 50's model. It is in a wedgewood case. As to the value of it, I don't have a clue. But, I bought one for 20.00 at a yard sale and I think I got a steal. I wouldn't take less than a hundred for it. I was told at the Singer dealer that I should hang onto it because it is a work horse and will sew leather and denim like no body's business. So, you might want to reconsider selling yours.
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    Hey Kel!!! If you want to do some trading holler at me!! I can always use another machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy T. View Post
    First, find the serial number on the machine and look it up on this website:
    http://www.singerco.com/support/machine-serial-numbers

    That will tell you what year it was made. Then do a google search putting in the terms "singer sewing machine" and "year[the number of whatever year you found above]".

    The postings you find will include Amazon, eBay, etc sales and you can see what kinds of prices people are expecting to get for this model machine. DO NOT GIVE THIS MACHINE AWAY FOR A SONG! It is valuable even if it is not working right now. It can be fixed. I love it, but live too far away to come to your yard sale ... {sigh}.
    On the back of the machine is a metal plate attached to the motor and says serial #2030955 then in the front it has a plate (which you can see in the last pic before the case) with G8907883. Which numbers do I look up?

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    You use the one that starts with a G.

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    It looks beautiful.

    If it works, I would keep it.

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    The G number. It is a 128 with the LaVencedora decals. I wouldn't be able to part with those decals. The site says it is a 1921 model - how are the electrics? Price? I'd guess in the $50-100 range. I paid $35 for a 1956 128 with the Godzilla finish, but I like yours so much better.

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    I looks to be in good shape - does it run? If it does work, sell it on ebay and go with the highest bidder. I would think you can over over $300 for it
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    The G number. It is a 128 with the LaVencedora decals. I wouldn't be able to part with those decals. The site says it is a 1921 model - how are the electrics? Price? I'd guess in the $50-100 range. I paid $35 for a 1956 128 with the Godzilla finish, but I like yours so much better.
    i have a 128 and i think it was dated to 1924. the decals look similar. the seller wanted $40.00 (it was grandma's) but the knee lever was missing and the wiring was bad so i couldn't test it out. the handwheel did turn and it is a beauty of a machine so i ended up paying less than the $40 asking price.

    i would definately say in the $50.00 range but not sure if you would get $100.00. it all is about what someone wants to pay for it in the end. from the pics it looks like yours is in pretty good shape. good luck.

    btw, i looked up the vintage vs antique considerations recently and things are generally considered antique at 100 yrs and up. until then they are considered vintage.
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    First of all a garage sale is no place to sale it. You will not get very much for it, as people who shop garage sales will not understand the value. Have you contacted any guilds in your area, or quilt shops you might be able to sale there at a price that would make more money. I wished I lived close to you -- I'd love it.

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    look it up- you will be able to find it's *birthdate* as far as month & year- as for how old is vintage...i think generally between 50 & 100 years are considered vintage- more than 100 years you start getting into the antique catagories.
    i have one alot like yours- it was very well taken care of- very clean- light working- good electrical- well used/loved/cared for machine- i picked up at a yard sale for $20- i felt very lucky/blessed to be able to bring it home- it has such a wonderful straight even stitch- is easy to maintain- i love that machine
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    for those of you who are interested in buying this machine, it can be shipped as long as it is well packed. you do not need to live close to purchase anything these days.
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    Oh what a beauty! I do not know much about vintage machines, but I would dearly love to have one. I think you should keep this beauty and use it. I hear vintage machines sew a straighter stitch and are just workhorses to boot. If your quilting with it you can even fmq, I hear. My husband has been looking around at yard sales and an antique shop or two to find one of these beauties for me. No luck yet, but he is persistent so I'm sure there will be a vintage Singer in my future (if I live long enough! hee-hee-hee

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    Keep it!!!!!!! You'll get the money and it'll be gone and then you'll have nothing. The machine is beautiful. I would keep it even if I didn't use it. Even if it isn't worth a lot. Please don't get rid of it. You won't get enough for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by majormom View Post
    Oh what a beauty! I do not know much about vintage machines, but I would dearly love to have one. I think you should keep this beauty and use it. I hear vintage machines sew a straighter stitch and are just workhorses to boot. If your quilting with it you can even fmq, I hear. My husband has been looking around at yard sales and an antique shop or two to find one of these beauties for me. No luck yet, but he is persistent so I'm sure there will be a vintage Singer in my future (if I live long enough! hee-hee-hee
    also check on craigslist and on ebay. you can surly find a vintage singer from one of those sources. there are plenty out there.
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    Thanks everyone for all of your help.
    I think you all have convinced me to keep my machine for awhile longer

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    I have a machine like the one you have Only mine is a 1952 date......same case though....the one thing I am missing is the key to the case and wonder if all the keys work for all the same cases? I bought mine aat least 10 years ago at a yard sale for 25.00....it is in Great shape.

    The Only thing is that it is one heavy machine and case so if it was to be shipped it would cost quite a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzmyn View Post
    I have a machine like the one you have Only mine is a 1952 date......same case though....the one thing I am missing is the key to the case and wonder if all the keys work for all the same cases? I bought mine aat least 10 years ago at a yard sale for 25.00....it is in Great shape.

    The Only thing is that it is one heavy machine and case so if it was to be shipped it would cost quite a bit.
    i just shipped a sewing machine in a suitcase for around $25.00 with insurance. shipping is a fact of life if you are buying one on ebay or the goodwill site. not prohibitive especially if you are in the vintage machine market and you could at anytime be buying from someone in another state. the costs average between $25-$35 with packaging to ship a sewing machine. please keep in mind some shipping costs will be outside of this average.
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    Glad you decided to keep that beauty! I can't imagine being able to part with her!
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    I can tell you that the general rule of thumb is anything over 100 years old is an antique. Many people call anything from 1920's and older antique and anything newer would be Vintage up to about the 1980s and then...???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzmyn View Post
    I have a machine like the one you have Only mine is a 1952 date......same case though....the one thing I am missing is the key to the case and wonder if all the keys work for all the same cases? I bought mine aat least 10 years ago at a yard sale for 25.00....it is in Great shape.

    The Only thing is that it is one heavy machine and case so if it was to be shipped it would cost quite a bit.
    Yes mine is VERY heavy also. I wouldn't want to guess what it would cost to ship somewhere.
    I will take my key to the hardware store and see if they can copy it.
    If they can I'll PM you for your address and send it to you. Then you can see if it will fit.
    If they can't copy it I'll let you know that too.

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