Tips on Finding Antique Sewing Machines

Deciding to purchase an antique sewing machine is a decision that will help you brighten up your home while also bringing a very real part of the past into your life. Antique sewing machines are a tangible part of history, showing us the simpler past and the ingenuity of the human will in wanting to create something better. It takes you back and also has a unique beauty that is compelling, draws an eye to it, and is quite complex, making it a lovely addition to any home decor.  

Whether you are a person who is an enthusiast of sewing, or you simply love the beauty of antique sewing machines for their soft curves and beauty, it is important to know exactly what you are looking for when you begin your search for that perfect addition to your home. It could be to help bring business to your seamstress business by placing a lovely machine in the window, or you are looking to complete your perfect themed room in your home. Antique sewing machines are the best way to accomplish those goals. If you're looking to purchase, though, then you need a place to start, so here are a few tips.  

A great way to actually start searching for antique sewing machines is actually on the Internet. With countless sites dedicated to shopping and auctions, these beautiful pieces of history can be found all over the place through vendors. If it is a vintage Singer machine you are looking for, or perhaps a cast iron replica, the chances are that you will be able to find it online. You can get a rough estimate of how much the machine you might be looking for is going to be worth, but antique sewing machines are also fairly common items to find at flea markets or antique shops, so you can also find out their value that way. Either way, the Internet provides you an option to browse several options and then take the step when you're ready.

Another option through the Internet is to use classified ad websites, such as Craigslist, or even your local newspaper often has a website where you can post and respond to classified ads. You can search for antique sewing machines to see what is available, or then post your very own ad so that someone who may have what you are looking for can find out and possibly be interested to sell.  

Another option is to actually look for the Collectors Societies, such as the International Sewing Machine Collectors Society, which brings enthusiasts together so that you can look through a great deal of ads in the ISMCS digest. These ads for antique sewing machines are more geared toward other enthusiasts, so it will give you an idea of the terminology, as well as provide more information on antique sewing machines. You can read up on your own and you'll be able to get a clear picture of what you want in a machine, and that is a large part of looking for a machine.

Finally, the best way that you will find antique sewing machines at an affordable price is to make sure that you look locally. Flea markets, garage sales, and home auctions often have the best deals with affordable prices, as a great deal of antiques are sold at these locations for much less than the actual worth of the item.



By: Fred R
























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Fred R runs several online auction based web sites.