Once you have used a vintage Singer Model 221 or 222 Featherweight
machine you will know why they are referred to as "The Perfect Portable",
and why a whole new generation of sewing machine collectors and seamstresses
have fallen in love with them! The popularity of these sewing
machines with quilters and other fabric artisans has
helped uncover a wealth of information regarding the production history
of this machine and its many variations. And many Singer Featherweight
"users" soon become Singer Featherweight "collectors".
We are proud to offer
for sale a fine selection
of 221 and 222 Antique Singer Featherweight Sewing Machines that we are selling for several
All of these antique Singer Featherweight
Sewing Machines listed below have been gently used and well cared
for. We stand behind what we sell.
We fully service each and every one of these 221 and 222 Featherweights
before we offer them for sale. And every Featherweight that we
sell carries our written 1 Year Guarantee. Any of these
Singer Featherweight Sewing Machines would make a perfect gift for your
favorite quilter or seamstress, or for yourself!
Word About Condition.........
I love to see vintage Singer 221 and
222 Featherweight sewing machines in excellent cosmetic condition, and
most of the Singer Featherweights offered below will meet this criteria.
However I also realize that
there is a need for good working Featherweight machines in somewhat
less-than-excellent cosmetic condition, so when available I will offer
machines in this category as well, but only when I can price them
Regardless which machine you purchase
from me all of the Singer Featherweights listed below are cleaned, oiled,
adjusted and ready to go back to work. All have original Singer
parts. All are 110 Volt wiring for US use, unless otherwise
specified. All of these Featherweights are in excellent mechanical and electrical condition, and
all are ready to sit
down and sew with.
To assure your satisfaction all
of the Vintage Singer Featherweight sewing machines we sell come with
our complete 1-Year Money Back Guarantee.
in prices reflect variations in cosmetic condition---fine details such
as the degree of wear, if any, to the gold decals, the degree of shine
to the black paint / clearcoat finish, the degree of wear to the fabric
cover of the case, whether or not the machine includes other accessories
such as attachments, an oil can, original Singer instruction booklet,
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How to decide which
one to buy.........
If you are looking for a good, strong, working sewing machine
that you can use day in and day out and you don't want to spend a small fortune to get it, chose one
of these Featherweights from the lower price range. All of
these vintage sewing machines look good and sew great!
If you are wanting a Singer Featherweight
that you will be as proud to display and show off as you are to
use, and you don't mind spending a little more, chose from the upper
price range. These sewing machines are some of the nicest
examples you are ever likely to find!
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But please keep in mind that every Featherweight that has been
used, no matter how infrequently or how carefully, will display some
signs of use---minor pin marks, small paint chips or scrapes, some loss
to the gold decaling, etc. These machines are 50-70 years old,
and some wear, however little, is always evident, even on the nicest
of them. "Shelf" wear occurs over a period of time, even if the
machine is left undisturbed and unused in the case. I have been
dealing in Featherweights for many years and I have never seen the cosmetically
perfect "10"---I don't believe it exists.
Here's How To Order
Once you have decided
which machine you are would like to purchase just
email or call
and I can go over all the details of that specific machine with
you, and take your payment / shipping info.
If you are
not sure which machine
will best suit your needs call and I can help you determine
that as well.
BUY WITH ASSURANCE!
All of the Singer Featherweight sewing machines
listed below have been fully serviced in our workshop---full
inspected, cleaned, oiled, lubricated, adjusted, and
sew-tested---before being offered for sale. Every single Featherweight we sell carries our 1-year
guarantee! Who else offers you that?
Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machines
1940 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AF587350)
This is a very pretty pre-WWII Singer Featherweight with the
Egyptian Scrollwork faceplate and chrome-edged handwheel! This Singer 221
to look at and it really loves to sew! Mechanically it's in top shape,
and it was a pleasure to service. It was very clean from the
start, without the typical icky buildup of lint and hardened grease
that are the bane of so many! It needed very little in the way
of adjusting to produce that perfect Featherweight stitch.
From a cosmetic standpoint it has a nice shine
to the paint, and there is just a tiny bit of thinning to the gold
decal along the front edge. The
pin-marks are minimal. The metal parts are bright and shiny.
Mostly what you notice is that gorgeous
design of the faceplate and the way its pattern is reflected from
the surface of the black paint. In typical Singer fashion it really
gives it an elegant look!
This machine comes with all of the original
Singer attachments shown in the pictures---the ruffler, adjustable
hemmer, multi-slot binder, foot hemmer and zipper foot as well as a
nicely reproduced copy of the Singer instruction manual, extra
bobbins and a key to the case. The carry case is also very clean and sturdy,
complete with its top tray, and looks
excellent overall with a new padded handle. The foot
controller is the Singer "clamshell" style. A great
choice to use, display, and show off to your quilter pals!
Carry Case Only for Black Singer Featherweight 221
Sewing Machine Admittedly it's a
project! But the basic wooden box structure is sturdy and it
doesn't smell. The latches, locks
and hinges are good. The fabric covering inside and out is pretty
rough. It's missing the top tray and it needs a new handle.
But the price is right!! Do something creative to re-cover it
and it will protect and transport your Featherweight in style!
Singer Featherweight Model 222 "FreeArm" Sewing Machines
1957 Black Singer Featherweight 222K Sewing Machine (EM957744)
Singer produced an amazingly reliable and high quality product when
they manufactured the Featherweight, and the 222 was their
masterpiece! Singer model 222 sewing machines, also known as
"Convertible" Singer Featherweights, have a feature that was not
found on Singer's model 221 machines. The freearm
feature is designed so that a portion of the flat bedplate can be removed, leaving a
base that allows for sewing around pant legs, sleeves, and other
circular areas having limited access. To remove the bed
you simply unscrew the thumbscrew and slide the bed off. The model
222 Featherweight machines also have a "Sew / Darn" lever---a
feature that allows you to drop the feed dogs to enable freehand
machine darning and embroidery.
There were relatively few 222s produced compared to the number of 221s,
and they were only produced in Great Britain in Singer's Clydesdale, Scotland
factory. Those that were to be sold within Europe
were equipped with 220V
motors. Those that were slated for export to the US and Canada---like this one---were
outfitted with Singer's 110 voltage motors. This machine does not require
an auxiliary power converter or motor conversion for use here in the US---it's ready
to sit down and sew with!
This Singer 222 shows only signs of gentle use, and has
been well cared for. It
serviced up with no issues. It makes a beautiful stitch
and it's a lot of fun to sew on! The motor runs strong, quiet, and
smooth. This is a machine you'll be proud to show off.
It's clean and bright having a surface that is highly reflective and
glossy. The gold decals are in excellent condition and there are
just minimal pin-marks to the clearcoat surface. The carry case is also in very nice condition and
will continue to do it's job to protect the machine and allow for
easy transport. Included with the machine is the original set
of basic Singer attachment feet
as well as the Singer buttonholer. The
original Singer 222 instruction manual is also provided. The
cover is a bit tattered but the booklet itself is complete and in
The Featherweight 222 is a great choice if you are looking
for a machine that will give you more creative sewing options than the
standard 221. This example is guaranteed to please!
Specially Designated Singer Featherweight Model 221
Black Singer Featherweight 221 "CHICAGO
CENTURY OF PROGRESS"
Sewing Machine (AD545373) The Century of Progress
International Exhibition was conceived to celebrate Chicago's
centennial. It was intended not only to commemorate that
city's past and look back at the tremendous advances that were made
over the last century, but perhaps even more importantly to serve as a source
of inspiration and optimism for the future of the city and our
country in the midst of the Great Depression. The theme was
technological innovation, and despite being a time of economic
hardship and crisis the exposition defied all odds and was a huge
success, attracting over 48 million visitors in the two years that
it ran, and being the first time in American history that a fair had
paid for itself.
very first production run of Singer model 221 sewing machines was
designated on October 3, 1933 and assigned serial numbers AD541546
through AD551545. Introducing a completely new design
idea for the first sewing machine that was truly lightweight and
portable, and carrying a retail price of $125 during this
economic market, was a bold move for Singer. But
they felt they had a great idea and they were right! This new
line of sewing machines was to make its debut at the Century of
Progress Expo, but only a very small number of the machines from
that production run were branded with the special Singer medallion
with the words "Century of Progress" and "Chicago 1934" within a
dark red band that surrounds the gold Singer trademark logo.
It is not known exactly how many of these machines were given that special designation,
but a collector database puts the number of known "surviving"
Chicago Expo machines at just under 12.
I am very pleased and excited to be able to offer an outstanding example
of this extremely scarce machine! This 83-year-young
Featherweight is all original and a testament to the legendary
Singer quality. It is in lovely cosmetic and
outstanding mechanical condition. It sports
all the early 221 features---the Egyptian scroll design faceplate,
chrome edged handwheel and stitch length indicator backplate,
non-numbered tension adjuster, and front-mounted bobbin winder
tension. Typically Featherweights from the 1930's show significantly
more use than this one exhibits, and I would suspect the original owner
of this machine knew she
had something special and did the utmost to take good care. We
don't know the entire pedigree of this machine, but what we do know
is that at some point in time it was purchased by my consignor's
step-mother, who lived in Chicago, who passed it down upon her
As with them all, I've put this machine through my thorough
servicing and inspection, and have complete confidence in its
ability to perform and dazzle, and to be the highlight of any
Featherweight collection. There is negligible loss to
the gold decals, and the black paint is bright and shiny with just
minor pin-marks to the clearcoat finish. There is brand new wiring
for the foot controller. The instruction manual is original.
There are a host of original attachments in their original box and
as a bonus a hard-to-find Featherweight hemstitcher and picot edger
attachment is also included. The carry case is in decent
shape, clean and sturdy but with expected wear to the outside
covering, and has a new handle. The little Singer oil can is
another nice touch!
To put the rarity of this machine in perspective, in the many years
I have been selling Featherweights I have been fortunate enough to
have sold several rare variations---three San Francisco / Golden
Gate Expo Featherweights, one Texas Centennial Featherweight, and
two Crinkle-Finish Featherweights. But this is the only
Chicago Century of Progress Featherweight I have ever offered, and
also in checking my database of past sales I see it is the earliest
serial number Featherweight I have ever offered. To sum it up---an
extremely rare machine in uncommonly fine condition!
Black Singer Featherweight 221 "BLACKSIDE"
Sewing Machine (AG017397) Blacksides are an obscure variation of a 221
Featherweight, produced for just a limited time in the 1940's. During WWII certain metals were in short supply, and the government restricted
the use of these metals in all non-war related manufacturing. The restricted metals that most affected Singer were
nickel and chromium, which they used as plating
for the non-painted metal parts of the Featherweight.
In order to deal with the chromium restriction and
continue production, for a limited number of FWs made during that time period Singer used a chemical process referred to as "black oxide" (hence "Blackside"),
which produced a dark finish on the bare metal parts they had previously (and would subsequently once the war had ended) chrome-plated. Blackside machines were
only produced as part of two production runs---July 1, 1941 and Sept. 19, 1945. Not every FW produced during these two runs were Blacksides, and even on the
Blackside machines a few of the parts are still chrome-plated. Singer apparently had a limited supply of previously manufactured parts they were able to use---
the restriction applied only to manufacturing new parts, not using existing ones.
The serial number of this Featherweight is AG017397, which dates it from the July
1, 1941 production run.
Be sure to look at all the pictures and note the prominant blackside features---the black
oxide scroll-design faceplate, presser bar lifter, and stitch length
indicator plate, as well as some of the other screws, fittings, and accessories.
The machine has been fully serviced and sews beautifully.
There is moderate wear to the gold decal along the perimeter.
The original Singer manual and even the oil can are included, as
well as the blackside attachments pictured in the original box.
The carry case is in excellent condition.
The differences between this Blackside finish of this Featherweight
and nickel chromium finish of the regular Featherweights seem really
subtle at first, but after you become aware then the differences become really apparent. Overall, and mainly because of that gorgeous Egyptian scroll plate
design in the black oxide finish, these Blackside machnes have a
very elegant look in much the same way as black pearls compared to white ones. And they truly are hard to find---
I've literally sold hundreds of regular 221s of all vintages over the past 15 or so years, and probably 15
to 20 222s during the same time period, but this is the
one and only Blackside I have ever been able to offer.
Tan and White
Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machines
1964 White Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EV977349)
If you have been waiting to find a pretty
little Singer 221K be sure to take a look at this! These white /
Featherweights, which were produced in Singer's Kilbowie, Clydebank
Scotland factory, have a look all their own with their "Mid-Century
Modern" styling. Dating from the end of
Singer's Featherweight production period far
fewer white FWs were manufactured compared to the number of black ones. They are a little lighter in
weight than the black 221's due to the shortened folding bed
extension (about 2" shorter than on the black machines), and
they have a more
petite carry case. But just like their black counterparts they
were built to last!
This Featherweight machine is
very pretty! The metal parts are bright and shiny and the
paint condition is very good. Due to paint variations
used in the Singer factories the color of these 221K machines can
range from a warm ivory off-white to a cool pale off-white.
This one is at the cool end of the spectrum, a color Featherweight
afficianados seek out and refer to as "mint green" or "barely
celery". The exact color rendition can be hard to
capture with digital photography, but if you look at the photo I've
provided with the contrasting white paper tag laid on the base you
can get a better sense of the color.
It is in excellent mechanical
As with all of the Featherweights we sell this one has been fully
serviced and it sews just as nice as it looks! The motor runs strong and it produces that lovely straight
Featherweight stitch. Being one of the "newer" Featherweights
it is equipped with the graduated stitchplate to make it easier to
sew nice straight seams.
original Singer attachments, accessories and goodies pictured are included. This
Featherweight's green and white carry case is clean and sturdy,
however there are some scuffs and a bit of staining to the
interior and exterior covering. Guaranteed to please!
Tan Singer Featherweight 221J Sewing Machine (JE159798)
Don't confuse this TAN Singer Featherweight Model 221 J with the WHITE Model 221 K! The tan Featherweight is a distinctly different color
from the greenish-ivory color 221K---it's a warmer shade of beige.
These tan models were produced for just a very short period of time and were only manufactured in Singer's Canadian factories. As the 1960's approached black sewing machines were falling
out of favor, and Singer knew that if they wanted to stay on top of the market they needed to "modernize" their look and come up with something that reflected the style of the '60's.
Their solution was these light colored models---updated for the times, but still a Featherweight, still a Singer, still the one!
Apart from the color difference the most notable difference between the British 221 K and the Canadian 221 J is the 5 1/2" long bed extension on the tan machines (like the black 221s)
compared to the shorter 3 1/2" long bed extension on the white models. And just like their black counterparts they were built to last!
This example is in
good condition. It looks great, it sews beautifully, and produces a lovely consistent stitch.
Being one of the "newer" Featherweights it is equipped with the
graduated stitchplate to make it easier to sew nice straight seams
of consistant width .It is complete with its original tan and brown matching carry case,
which does have some scuffs to the exterior and show a bit of wear.
The original Singer manual is included along with a nice assortment of attachments
in the original box. There is even the original Singer oil
Looking for something a little bit distinctive in a Featherweight? This one will satisfy the bill!
I sometimes have additional Singer Featherweight 221 or 222 sewing machines
that have just come in and are waiting to be photographed and listed.
So if you don't see the exact model you are looking for
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Original Singer 221 Manual (availability
Singer Buttonholers for 221 and 301
$40.00 - $50.00
Original Singer Attachment feet for 301 sewing
machine---includes ruffler, gatherer, edgestitcher, multi-slot binder, hemmer, zipper foot, and adjustable hemmer in original box
Singer Blind Stitch Attachment #160616 (box,
Singer Featherweight Oil Cans (availability
varies---please inquire) $25.00-$45.00
Framed Kate Adams Miniature
These exquisite little quilts by noted
contemporary folk artist / quilter Kate Adams are all made from
authentic antique fabrics, and rendered in 1:12 scale (1inch = 1
foot). They are all museum-quality archival matted and
framed under glass. They are all one-of-a-kind or very limited
edition. They are all signed and dated by the artist.
Please be sure to click on all the pictures. Because these
quilts are under glass my photographs are less than satisfactory,
but I will be happy to try again in a different lighting to minimize
"Ohio Star", 1991 Measuring
3 1/2 inches square this miniature quilt is Number 1 in a series of 1.
The outside frame measurement is 10 inches high by 9 1/2 inches
Hearts", 1992 Measuring
approximately 4 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches high this miniature quilt is
Number 1 in a series of 10.
The outside frame measurement is 1 1/2 inches high by 11 inches
"Little House", 1996 Measuring
approximately 5 inches square this miniature quilt is #1 in a series of
The outside frame measurement is 11 1/2 inches high by 11 inches
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