Antique Sewing Machines: "A Stitch In Time Saves Nine!"
An invention of necessity during the Industrial Revolution, the sewing machine has been around for over 200 years. Antique sewing machines have proven quite significant to the growth of the textile industry, and with the advent of more affordable and compact models, they have also become a worthwhile collectible from everyday life in the not so distant past.
Pinpointing the value of a particular antique sewing machine can depend on a great deal of varying factors and circumstances, but there are a few things to consider if you happen to come across one in a sale.
Take note of the machine's asthetic value. A lot of antiques are desired based on their decorative worth. This extends not only to the stenciling on the machine itself, but also to the appearance of the housing cabinet. If much of its beauty is still in tact, you may have a keeper.
Another thing to consider is whether or not the machine is still in working order. For some collectors, this is an absolute must. All in all you really can't go wrong with an old sewing machine that can stitch, so if the price is right it could turn out to be a worthwhile investment.
While I am not a big advocate of using price guides to determine the worth of an antique, they do prove to be very useful in deciphering model numbers and other specific information relevant to antiques, especially when it comes to antique sewing machines. If you have one handy, use it!