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1941 Singer
Worth anything?
SewKrazie
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Date: 5/27/12 11:28 AM

I inherited a 1941 Singer machine from my mother-in-law when she passed away. It comes in a wooden case that locks. Is this machine worth anything? I have a few machines of my own and don't really have room to keep this one. I'm not an antique collector, but would like to see it go to someone who is and would appreciate it. Trouble is, I have not idea what it's worth.
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Date: 5/27/12 1:10 PM

There's just no a simple answer for that for many reasons. What model machine is it? What condition is it in?

But just generally speaking - with no information other than what you've given (1941 Singer in wooden case) - it could range anywhere from totally worthless, aka a "boat anchor", to worth maybe $75. It could *possibly* be worth as much as $100 if it is a desirable model in perfect condition, with a perfect bentwood case and with all the accessories and original manual.

The only Singers of that era that would be considered monetarily valuable would be a pristine Featherweight 221 or 222. These might bring anywhere from $100-$1000 but mostly in the $200 range. But if you are talking about a "wooden case that locks" (a bentwood case?) then that's probably not what you have. The FW comes in a black leather covered case.

The other factor to consider is what is it worth to you personally (which is nothing, from what you say) and what is it worth to someone who actually needs it for some specific purpose. For example, some people might like a vintage Singer in a bentwood case to keep for a dedicated buttonhole or top stitching machine. But unless this is a very rare or special edition model then it is unlikely to be worth anything strictly as a collector's item.

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Date: 5/27/12 1:36 PM

Same as what lisalu has already said. Here is a site with some more information

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Date: 5/27/12 2:20 PM

Thank you for your responses. I doubted it was worth anything and I don't want to make money on it, but didn't want to throw it away either. Guess I'm stuck with it for a while. Just trying to clean up and reorganize my sewing room.

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Date: 5/27/12 2:37 PM

Don't know what your sewing set up is, but if you've never made buttonholes with an old straight stitch Singer and the automatic buttonholer (you can buy one on eBay for about $10-$15) then you might want to give it a try. It makes outstanding buttonholes. They are so good that some people really do buy a vintage Singer just for that purpose.
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Date: 5/27/12 7:08 PM

I agree with the previous posters. You already know it is not worth much in money terms but might be worth a lot to a seamstress. Why don't you offer it on Freecycle and clear up some space in your sewing room while giving somebody else a chance to make use of it?

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Date: 5/27/12 7:09 PM

Oh and the point about buttonholes is a good one, but that will be a lot easier if your machine is electric! I wouldn't really fancy doing buttonholes on a hand crank machine.

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Date: 6/1/12 11:48 AM

I sew almost everything on a 1947 Singer 15 or my 1950s singer 201--they are tremendous fun for straightstich and you are using a piece of history--seems a little more artistic than clamping a piece in a hoop and watching it sew while drinking coffee.
Anyways----my educated guess would be that the bentwood case makes this machine most likely a Singer 99 or a Singer 128--these are both the same basic machine and are smaller than normal called 3/4 machines, there is a 40% chance it is a Singer 15 even though this is the most popular and available black Singer they did not come in the bent cases as much as teh 99s, 10% chance its a 201
These are all great machines but can be dangerous to use until you confirm that the electric cords are in good enough shape to plug it in
Singer will tell you what model you have from the serial number on the brass plate. In good working or able to be put into good working order in My area of NY state
Singer 201 = $30-90
Singer 99 = $20-65
Singer 15 = $10-40
In pristine condition (decales and paint---no rust) you could add $20-30 to these prices
Other very important factors does it have the stichlength lever with reverse or the round bolt (round bolt is the stich length with no reverse--these machine often wont even sell for $5) Belt drive or the famous connected potted motor--collectors prefer the direct drive potted 201s but for use the belt drive 99s are usually easier to maintain and use these days--if the bobbing is vertical its a 15--if the bobbin sits horizontal its a 99 or 201 (i.e oscillating vs rotary). All parts for these machines are still easily available as are instruction manuals (often free) does the case have keys ? in the situation of the Singer 124s and 128s with no reverse the case might be worth more than the machine---and although they seem antiqueey if the machine has the "electronics" wired through the case or the Knee lever it lowers their value

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