August 23


How to Identify A Singer Sewing Machine By the Serial Number

By Marie

August 23, 2018

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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.

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.

How To Date Your Singer Sewing Machine

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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  1. How do I identify the machine that will fit in my sewing machine table? It is similar to the featherweight folding table. The colors are like the colors of the later machines. The legs are beige and the table top is a very light wood. The table is just a little bit larger than the featherweight table. ( I have that one, too.) The opening for the machine is 7×18″. I have been searching the internet and have come up with nothing about singer tables. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Vickie,
      Thanks for stopping by. If you search look at sewing machines on Amazon, and scroll down to about the middle of the page, it gives the sewing machine dimensions. Hopefully, you can find one to fit your table.

  2. I inherited a singer model #AK661579.when was it manufactured and what do you think its is in excellent condition.

    1. Hi Paul,
      You may want to search Ebay to see if that model is up for sale or has been sold. That is the best way to see what your sewing machine is worth.

  3. Hi, I’ve been given the lovely task of bringing a sewing machine back to pristine condition. It’s in very good condition as it is and it belongs to a family who bought the machine with them from Jamaica when they emigrated to the UK. The lady who bought it with her died about 20 years ago and it’s an important memory for three generations, seeing Mrs Jacobs hard at work on the machine.

    I think it is perhaps a hundred years old or more but i can find no reference anywhere to the model nor the maker. Like all the machines of the era it follows a certain design look: black with gold gothic lettering, a lot of gold embossing etc. Emblazoned on the sides is “Surestitch DE LUXE”. The manufacturer’s panel on the side says “Super Stitch Sewing Machine” and has a reference number 6037ME and a further E below this. I’m not at a loss as I can find no reference to the machine, the company etc and do not know where else to look. I would be extremely grateful for any pointers or tips you may have. Many thanks, Simon-Peter Trimarco

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