How to Identify A Singer Sewing Machine By the Serial Number

August 23, 2018

If you are one of the lucky people that own or inherited an old, antique Singer sewing machine, you may want to know how old it is and how much it is worth!!

Singer sewing machines were first manufactured in 1851, so if you have an older model, you may have a collector's item on your hand. If you go to eBay, you can check out what people are paying for these old, antique Singer sewing machines.

How to Identify A Singer Sewing Machine By the Serial Number
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Some of the prices are over $3000!!! To find out how much your sewing machine may be worth, you need to know it's serial number and model number. First, I will show you where to find the serial number and crosscheck it with a database to find the year it was issued. Finding the model number on some old models is harder and may need some digging.

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Ok, now to the meat and potatoes of this article. The serial number will be on a metal plate somewhere on your Singer sewing machine. When you find your serial number, you then crosscheck it with a database on Singer's website.

This will tell you when the sewing machine was issued. To be clear, just because you bought the sewing machine in a certain year, doesn't mean that the sewing machine was issued in that year. It may have been produced in a different year than the year the first purchase was made.

The general rubric for determining which year your sewing machine was manufactured is below:

  • If you find that your  serial number consists of numbers only, it was manufactured before 1900 (Cha-Ching!)
  • If you find that your serial number has a single or two-letter prefix before the number, your sewing machine was manufactured after 1900. (Still may be worth some money!)

After you find your serial number, go HERE to the International Sewing Machine Collectors Society website and find out what year your sewing machine was issued.

If you want help with finding your model number, go HERE to ISMACS' website and they may be able to help you with your model number.

With your serial number and model number in hand, jump on over to eBay. Search and see what people are paying for your model/serial numbered Singer sewing machine!!!

Good luck and I hope you have a gold mine on your hands!! Thanks for stopping by and checking out our article on how to identify singer sewing machine by serial number.

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