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We will buy or can help you sell your early Patented Sewing Machines!
Sewing Machine Consignment Sales
We are active, knowledgeable, and experienced dealers in rare and historically important American patented
sewing machines. We specialize in pre 1870 machines and we are always interested in helping you sell
sewing machines through the
Consignment Program we offer.
You are currently at
our antique buying and general information website about antiques and antique sewing
machines that we deal in. To see past sales
results for the many rare, unusual full size and toy Antique Sewing Machines, and other antiques we have sold
in the past click the
relevant links in the right column. If you are looking for
info on later more common sewing machines see the link at the bottom
of this page
Examples of Desirable Antique Sewing Machines
Below are a series of pictures that graphically
illustrate some of the vintage and antique sewing machines we buy, sell,
and deal in. What we aim to do on this page is to give you some
pictures of, and information about the types of rare and desirable
vintage and antique sewing machines that we are seeking. Past sales
results without values will be found on the sewing archive pages (Links
on the right). Toy sewing machines are covered in detail
on their own page linked on the left.
On the left is what is known as an American Hand scissors-style
machine. Value for such a machine, depending on condition
and other factors, can run from a couple hundred dollars to a couple
thousand dollars. Other examples of this style sewing machine
would be the Goodbody patent, Hendrick patent, and Beckwith sewing machines.
The truth is this type of machine is similar to the products that
are being sold on late night TV today. Cheap, basically unworkable, and
gimmicky, but it is those features that make them great collectibles.
Although "later" (1880 and beyond) machines are "antique" in the sense of their age, they do not have the same historical significance or values as earlier models from the 1850's thru 1870's. For that reason our main focus is on buying and selling those earlier and rarer examples.
Some antique sewing machines, such as Wilcox & Gibbs and most Wheeler & Wilson sewing machines carry early patent dates but also carry much later patent dates and were produced well into the 19th and even 20th Century. They are bought by collectors and decorators, and their value is based more on their decorator appeal rather than on their historical significance. First model examples of both of these sewing machines can sell for several thousand dollars, while later examples sell for $100 to $1000 or so, depending on the details.Clamp-On Style Sewing Machines
On the right is a Cute Sewing Machine. It is
an 1870's patent and has an unusual
gearing mechanism. Note it
also has an integral clamp. It's
value, depending on circumstances and condition, can run from as little as a few hundred
to a couple thousand. There were a number of other sewing machines
that were small and portable with built in clamps, including one by
Charles Parker, the Hardie patent, the various Hancock patent sewing
machines, and others. All are desirable and collectible and
examples of most can be seen
in the sale archives linked in the right column..
There are a seemingly
endless variety of machines that fall into a style collectively referred
to as New England
machines. They were manufactured by a number of different companies
and all with slightly different variations in features and decoration.
The most notable thing about these machines is that they utilized a
"walking presser foot" to move the fabric along from above rather than
using the more typical feed dogs from below.
Another early patented sewing machine found in many varieties
style sewing machines. Shaw and Clark was but one major manufacturer
and many of these machines are unmarked. Others carry names such as "Ketchem's
Patent", Monitor, Wilson, Atwater, Goodspeed & Wyman, Hodgkin's patent,
Granite State, and
More Pawfoot-Style Sewing Machine Variations
Other similar looking machines dating from this era are the Watson patent sewing machines like the example pictured here. The Folsom patent sewing machine that was manufactured in or near Winchendon, Massachusetts or Biddeford, Maine in the 1860's are another example They are harder to find than the examples above. Again, condition is really important on these sewing machines and when you see an example in pristine condition you'll see the reason!
Other historically important and desirable early patented antique sewing machines we would love to have the opportunity to help you sell, bear names like Secor, Thomson, Leavitt, Pratt, Blodgett & Lerow, Blees, Battelle, Parker, Holly, and others dating prior to 1870.
Singer Sewing Machines
Singer is by far the best known name of sewing
machines in the world. Though most Singer sewing machines are
very common and frequently found, Singer
some very rare and desirable machines in the early years (pre 1860),
and the best of these are known as the Singer Model 1, and the Singer Model
2. The Model 1 and 2 are very large primitive looking sewing machines.
After that came the Singer Turtleback which was a much more refined
looking machine. The other desirable model from this early
era is known as the Letter A. These earliest machines can sell for
several thousand dollars or more. These models were all
developed and offered over a short period of time. After 1870
the typical design was settled upon and just cosmetic changes in
made after that.
Singer Featherweight 221 and 222 Sewing Machines
The major exception to this, interest in later Singer Sewing Machines that we deal in and are popular, is the Singer Model 221 and 222 Featherweight sewing machines like the one pictured on the right. There were close to two million of these machines made so in general are not considered rare but they enjoy vast popularity as "user" machines with today's quilters, craftspeople, and other seamstresses. They are a testament to the quality of the product design that Singer used to put out. There are a few hard to find variants of these machines to be found, most notably those marked as coming from the Texas Centennial Exhibition, the Chicago Worlds fair, and the San Francisco Expo. The difference in these machines is how they are marked on the ID badge. There is also what is known as the Crinkle finish model that was produced during WWII that is highly sought after.
If you would like to read more about Singer Featherweights be sure to see the special Featherweight Sewing Machine page we have dedicated to them on this site.
If you would like to buy a Singer Featherweight 221 or 222 please see our Featherweight sales page at www.Patented-Antiques.com.
The above sewing machines are examples of the caliber, condition, and quality of antique sewing machines that we are primarily interested in and can help you sell.
If you have quality antique sewing machines similar to those that you see on this page that you want to sell, please contact us at LCM@AntiqBuyer.com
To see examples of antique sewing machines that we currently have for sale and have sold in the past, please go to our sister site at www.Patented-Antiques.com.and visit the different sewing machine pages you will find there.
1870 - 1920's & Later
If you have a large treadle sewing machine from the 1890's or later, or an off-brand later electric sewing machine that you wish to sell and want further information on please CLICK HERE