This condition rating scale was created by Graham Forsdyke in the UK, and is generally
acknowledged to be the standard rating system in the Featherweight world. Graham's
descriptions may be more appropriate for the UK climate in regards to rust on the parts,
as we don't seem to have the same degree of issues with rust in most places in the US.
In general we would consider a mid-7 machine to be the average condition, well-used
machine with some normal wear to the clear coat and decals, and with a carry case that
has normal wear and tear.
Singer Featherweight Condition Scale
10 Just like the day it left the factory. Not a scratch or mark upon it.
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.
7 Good condition but rubbing of paint evident and/or some nickel plating worn.
6 As in 7 but more wear to paint and/or some light 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
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