International Sewing Machine Collectors Society

10. Just like the day it left the factory. Not a scratch or mark upon it. I think I have ever seen only two machines in this category.
9. As 10 but with the small, odd scratch or wear mark evident to very close inspection.
8. Very good used condition. All paint good; all metalwork bright. What the average antique dealer would call “perfect”.
7. Good condition but rubbing of paint evident and some nickel plating worn.
6. As in 7 but more wear to paint and some surface rust to the bright work.
5. The average, hard-used, ill-cared-for machine looking for someone to love it.
4. Poor condition, chipped enamel, rusty metalwork but acceptable for a collection if a rare machine.
3. In need of restoration but a reasonable job for a dedicated enthusiast.
2. Total restoration needed to paintwork and bright metal. It’s a brave collector that takes it on.
1. Spare parts only and these would be in need of extensive restoration.

(Note: The condition of the machine is a significant component of the overall value of Singer Featherweights. Other contributors to Featherweight value are

1. condition of the case, manual and accessories, and

2. inherent value from ornate features and relative rarity.

TheĀ Featherweight Dealer’s Scale attempts to assess overall value, considering all of these components.)