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Graham Forsdyke's Cosmetic Condition Scale is now universally used and approved by the International Sewing Machine Collectors Society (ISMACS) to determine sewing machine condition, so that when machines are described among collectors, they can all have a better idea of it's state other than, good, very good, poor, etc. This scale is independent of mechanical condition which has it's own rating scale. If something is broken or missing this should be stated separately under mechanical condition. Some machines may be near perfect cosmetically and yet not run mechanically such as a jammed or broken hook assembly or burned out motor. Conversely, a machine that runs perfectly may not have been cared for cosmetically and have rusty metal parts or a severely scratched finish or missing decals.

The overall worth of a sewing machine is primarily determined by it's cosmetic condition rather than it's mechanical condition.


bulletForsdyke's Cosmetic Condition Scale


10 MINT! Just like the day it left the factory. Not a scratch or mark upon it. There have been only two machines documented in this category. Never been used OR used a handful of times. Decals PERFECT!
9 NEAR MINT. Similar to 10 but with the small, odd scratch or wear mark evident upon very close inspection. The machine has only been used a few times or for a very short stretch of time. Decals PERFECT!
8 EXCELLENT used condition. All paint very good; all metalwork bright. What the average antique dealer would call "perfect". Decals near perfect, perhaps a slight mark/scratch in a few locations.
7 VERY GOOD used condition but rubbing of paint evident and some nickel plating worn. Decals have scratches or a few very small nicks in the pattern. Perhaps some faded regions on decals from fabric wear.
6 GOOD used condition. Similar to 7 but more wear to paint and some surface rust to the bright work. Decals will have much more wear, missing sections, or quite faded in spots.
5 An AVERAGE, well-used, ill-cared-for machine looking for someone to love it. Deep scratches in finish, decals have large worn/missing sections. Significant rust on bright parts.
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 sewing machine enthusiast.
2 TOTAL RESTORATION needed to paintwork and bright metal. It's a brave collector that takes this type of machine on.
1 For PARTS ONLY!!......and these would be in need of extensive restoration.

Graham Forsdyke also says, regarding machine value:

1) The super rare will always appreciate, whatever the condition.
2) The super common will appreciate, provided the condition is good.
3) The super common in poor condition, will never appreciate.
4) Poor restoration markedly reduces the value of any item.

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