Member since 8/31/12
Date: 9/14/12 10:40 PM
I want to buy a used sewing machine that embroiders and quilts. But I have not been able to find a "blue book" that shows machines by model, dates of manufacture, features, and value.
PatternReview.com has a list with company, model number, average price paid, and reviews, but the list is arranged alphabetically by model name under each company, rather than by the date each model was manufactured. So it's hard to tell the order in which the line was developed and released. Sometimes you can tell by the model number, which tends to increase, but sometimes the model number is not a reliable indication of time/date. I think the date is important because it can help to determine the value of the machine, especially when you want to purchase on the internet, where you can find asking prices all over the map. Plus, with the rapid change of computers and software, the date also helps in determining the level of the software used in the sewing machine, particularly those made from 1990 onward. Most of the sewing machine companies don't give much information about their previous machines, since they are trying to sell the new ones. So if anyone knows of where I can find manufacturing dates for machines, please let me know. Thanks and have a great Autumn!
Member since 4/11/02
Date: 9/16/12 9:07 PM
As far as I know, there was a sewing machine Blue Book, but it ceased production at least 10 yrs ago when its compiler/publisher died. It was supposedly only available to real SM dealers, but I managed to get a copy of the vintage Singer pages. The prices in it were a wild guess at trade-in values, not anything I ever saw reflected in reality. I don't think the concept has been revived, as modern SM dealers really don't want to have anything to do with trade-ins or dealing used machines - they have to sell new units, or perish.
Jennifer in Calgary