When you've been bitten by the vintage sewing machine bug, it's virtually impossible to recover.Once you start noticing the generations of old Singers, Kenmores, Elnas and Necchis, they start turning up everywhere: the thrift store, garage sales, flea markets, etc.We often are asked for sewing machine parts to fit a Singer F1234567.the problem is this long number is the serial number and we need the machine model number to help with parts, feet, needles etc.Hawaii member Charles Law has attacked the problem from a different direction, specifically targeting the giant Sears Roebuck company and its branded products. was, next to Singer, one of the most important suppliers of sewing machines in North America from the 1890s through 1950s. Sears was able to sell high quality treadle sewing machines for between fifteen to twenty dollars far less than the forty to sixty dollars that retail dealers charged for equivalent models.In 1886, Richard Sears bought a supply of watches that a jewelry company had mistakenly shipped to a Minnesota jeweler. A copy of the Singer Model 12 New Family was only nine dollars.
If your sewing machine does not have a model number, but has a serial number similar in location to the image above, use the images below to help identify the sewing machine model number.Actually, there are lots of variables to estimating the worth of an old sewing machine, so let's look at the most important; the make/model and date, the condition, and any extras that may be included with the machine.There aren't any comprehensive lists for identifying models or manufacture dates for old BERNINA machines available online...company and its machines Since the 1890s there had been a fad with large retailers and mail order houses to sell "own brand" sewing machines.To do this they entered into contracts with established sewing machine manufacturers who would supply standard models but with the name of choice substituted for the normal brand name.