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Thread: What is the age of this Singer machine

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2018

    What is the age of this Singer machine

    Hello all,
    I found a Singer sewing machine with the serial number 0235842. There are no letters before it. How old is it and is it worth much?
    Thank you!!

  2. #2
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    According to ISMACS.net, it was made in 1873.

    There are people here who may be able to guesstimate the value. I'm not one of them. It depends on what kind of condition it's in, how rare it is and if it's a desirable model. As in all cases, it's worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it.

    Post a photo of it. No one can help you without it. Your photo must be small to post. The site won't tell you it's too large, it just won't post it. I usually make my 96 pixels.


  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    South Dakota
    If the serial number is at the base of the pillar, it's very likely you have misread it. Older machines have the serial number in a different location.

    A picture would be very helpful. If it is indeed a 1873 machine, it's likely a Singer 12. It wouldn't be a "high arm" machine.

    If you can't post a picture - which of these does your machine most closely resemble?

    Singer 12 from 1868

    Singer 115 and 15, early 1900's

    Singer IF (early 15) from late 1800's (note fiddle base shape of base)

    Singer 27, pre 1900 (fiddle base)

    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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