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Frequently Asked Questions

When was my sewing machine manufactured?
Who made my sewing machine?
I heard about machines being "badged", what does this mean?
I could not find my sewing machine listed on your website, where can I go for more information?
What is my sewing machine worth?
How can I go about selling my sewing machine?
How can I clean up my sewing machine?
I need a manual for my sewing machine, where can I get one?
How do I determine what needle my machine needs?
Which way does my needle go?
I need information about my sewing machine and I can't find it here... ?

When was my sewing machine manufactured?

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Who made my sewing machine?
I heard about machines being "badged", what does this mean?

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I could not find my sewing machine listed on your website, where can I go for more information?

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What is my sewing machine worth?

Please do not seek appraisals, valuations, estimates, worth etc here.
Long time collectors know it's simply not possible to estimate a
machine's worth without a number of criteria being met.

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How can I go about selling my sewing machine?

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How can I clean up my sewing machine?

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I need a manual for my sewing machine, where can I get one?

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How do I determine what needle my machine needs?

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Which way does my needle go?

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I need information about my sewing machine and I can't find it here... ?

ISMACS has been receiving more than 200 queries each week from folk wanting to research their particular machines.


We cannot cope with this number of individual mails and now ask that all such queries be channeled through the ISMACS digest -- it's free and easy to sign up
-- click here.



ISMACS is an organization totally independent of all sewing-machine manufacturers, past or present and is not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned in these pages.  Please Note: Do not contact any ISMACS official in an attempt to solicit a valuation - it is not possible other than by hands-on assessment and your request will be ignored.