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The excellent online Singer identification guide from Sandman Collectibles is the current gold standard for identifying vintage Singer machines.
It asks you to check off a list of features seen on your machine, narrowing it down until you arrive at the model number.
There aren't any comprehensive lists for identifying models or manufacture dates for old BERNINA machines available online.
They will not be found to be perfect, or absolutely correct, but are provided as an aid for your use and enjoyment.
Singer Featherweights were manufactured in three different plants: Elizabethport, New Jersey in the USA; Clydebank, Kilbowie, Scotland in Great Britain; and St. You can quickly determine which plant your machine was manufactured in by looking at the serial number on the bottom of your machine. I was worried about the wiring to my original foot pedal, therefore, I was glad to get the new one.
Many of them were based on a Singer class 15 machine, and are commonly known as "Singer Clones" - read a bit more about them here. If your sewing machine looks a lot like these machines but has an off brand name, chances are you have a generic or clone machine.
The overall condition of your machine is one of the biggest factors in estimating a value.