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Antique / Vintage
Singer Featherweight Model 221 - 222 Sewing Machines

We can help you sell your Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine.

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Once you have used a vintage Singer Model 221 or 222 Featherweight sewing 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 Singer Featherweight Model 221have 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 consignors. 

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!

 

A 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 thatBlack Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine 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 appropriately.

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.

The differences 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, etc.
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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?



Black Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machines



1941 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AF882962)1941 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AF882962)   A gorgeous pre-WWII Singer Featherweight with the Egyptian Scrollwork faceplate!  This Singer 221 is lovely to look at and a pleasure to sew with.  It is in that kind of "squeeky-clean" condition that can turn a Featherweight user into a Featherweight collector---a brilliant shine to the rich dark paint making it highly reflective, very few marks to the clearcoat finish, virtually no wear to the gold decals, and everything looking like it was well cared for.

Mechanically it's in top shape and when servicing it I found that it needed very little in the way of tuning or adjusting to produce that perfect Featherweight stitch.  

It has all of the original Singer attachments shown in the pictures including the keys to the carry case, the original Singer instruction manual, and even the original little tin litho Singer oil can.  The carry case is very clean and sturdy and looks excellent overall with a new padded handle.  If you like them pristine this one is guaranteed to please!      $795     PM-FW     SOLD!    

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1950 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AJ900834)1950 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AJ900834)  If you have been waiting to find a really nice "Centennial" model Featherweight here it is!  Wondering what a Centennial is? Singer celebrated its 100th year of business by designating models of that year with a special logo badge commemorating the anniversary.  The badge proudly reads "A Century of Sewing Service 1851-1951".  Collectors refer to these Featherweights as "Centennials" or anniversary models.

This Centennial example is in very nice condition!  It's clean and bright with the gold decals showing virtually no wear or loss.  It has a nice shine to the surface and only minor pin-marks.  The carry case is in very good condition and included are the original Singer attachment feet and the original instruction manual.

And it sews just as nice as it looks!  It's serviced and lubricated, so it's ready to get back to work.  A great machine that celebrates and commemorates a little bit of Singer history!      $650     JZ-FW    

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1953 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL543161)1953 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL543161)   A fabulous 50's Featherweight!  This Singer 221 sewing machine is 63 years young and in very nice condition!  Overall the finish is bright and glossy and it has that beautiful rich deep black finish. The filligree-design gold decals that run around the perimeter are in super condition as well.  It exhibits some of the typical signs of use in the way of pin-marks and light scratches to the clearcoat surface that can be seen in front of and to the left of the needlebar area.  It was obviously used, but well cared for.

Mechanically it's in top shape too.  The motor runs strong and quiet and of course it sews that perfect Featherweight stitch!  The graduated stitch plate is marked with seam width increments making it easier to keep seam widths consistant and exact without the use of a seam guide. 

All of the original Singer attachments shown in the picture are included, as well as the original Singer instruction manual.  The carry case is very clean and sturdy and looks excellent overall. All tuned up and ready to service another generation!      $675     ND-FW    

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1954 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL722712)1954 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL722712)  A true classic, and you'll be thrilled to use it!  It's interesting how Singer exemplified, and perhaps even helped establish, the design trends of the day.  Featherweights were produced from the 1930's through the 1960's, and the design of the actual machine stayed essentially the same throughout that entire period.  With just a few changes in cosmetic / visual details Singer was able to take the Featherweight through three-plus decades of change.  The gold decals on Featherweights from the 1930's and 1940's have that wonderful antique-looking filigree design.  Then comes the mid-50's, it's all about Mid-Century Modern, and to keep step with the times the Singer decal design changed to that clean and streamlined geometric pattern exemplified by this machine.  The exact same machine, but a whole different look!  It just makes sense---design and fashion were what Singer was all about.

This 1954 Featherweight is a beauty!  The finish is shiny-bright and reflective.  The geometric pattern decals are in outstanding condition.  And it sews like a champ!  A nice feature on these later Featherweights is the graduated-increment throat plate that makes it easy to keep your seams of uniform width.  Included with this 221 is an assortment of original Singer attachments. The original Singer Featherweight manual is in very nice condition, and extra collectible goodies include several Singer needle packs.  The carry case is also very clean and in good sturdy condition, just showing a bit of minor wear to the covering.  All tuned up and ready for another lifetime of use!      $695      MN-FW     SOLD!

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Carry Case Only for Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing MachineCarry 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!      $25      DWS-case

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Black Singer Featherweight Model 222 "FreeArm" Sewing Machines


1958 Black Singer Featherweight 222 Sewing Machine (EN136676)1958 Black Singer Featherweight 222 Sewing Machine (EN136676)    Singer model 222 sewing machines, also known as "Freearm" or "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 narrow tubular-shaped 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 the 222 model machines 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 110 voltage motors at Singer's North American factories.  So this machine does not require an auxiliary power converter for use here in the US---it's ready to sit down and sew on!

This Singer 222 freearm shows only signs of gentle use, and has been well cared for.  It serviced up beautifully with no issues.  The stitch is perfect 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.  There is only a very small area along the front edge where the gold decal is ever-so-slightly worn away.  There are a minimal amount of "pinmarks" to the 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.  There is a nice assortment of original Singer attachment feet included, and from the looks of the attachment box they were used maybe only a couple times if that.  In addition to the basic featherweight attachments the 222 embroidery and darning foot, that allows for free-motion work, is included as well.  (This attachment by itself retails for around $100.)  A nicely reproduced copy of the Singer 222 instruction manual is also provided. 

Singer produced  an amazingly reliable and high quality product when they manufactured the Featherweight, and the 222 was their masterpiece!         $1695     MN-222FW     SOLD! 

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Black Singer Featherweight Model 221 "Expo" Sewing Machines


1938 Black Singer Featherweight 221 SAN FRANCISCO GOLDEN GATE EXPOSITION Sewing 
			Machine (AE987553) with Fashion Aids Case1938 Black Singer Featherweight 221 "SAN FRANCISCO GOLDEN GATE EXPOSITION" Sewing Machine (AE987553) with Fashion Aids Case    Not just a sewing machine, but a piece of historically significant Americana!  It's interesting to view the production of the Singer Featherweight within its historical context.  In 1939 and 1940, as the US was just coming out of the Great Depression, the city of San Francisco hosted an international exposition to celebrate and showcase her two recently built bridges---The Golden Gate and the Oakland-San Francisco Bay. The venue was Treasure Island, an entirely human-made land mass, construction of which was an engineering feat of staggering proportion.

The Singer Manufacturing Co. knew well how to take advantage of the marketing opportunities afforded by the celebration of American technological achievements and the Expo's theme of advancements in industry.  To show off what was quickly becoming one of their most successful products Singer produced a 221 sewing machine bearing a special blue-banded badge that read "Golden Gate ExpositionGolden Gate Expo Featherweight badge San Francisco 1939", a machine that was marketed and sold only at the Exposition.

This specially badged SF Expo Featherweight was assigned its serial number on May 24, 1938.  It must have been with great excitement and anticipation that these special Singer medallions were applied to this elite corps of machines!   

This machine is in excellent working condition.  As with all of the Featherweights we sell this one has been completely serviced and cleaned, and is ready to sew on. It performs beautifully and sews that lovely Featherweight stitch!  It is also above average in regards to cosmetic condition.  Oftentimes Featherweights from the 1930s show a lot more use.  But this one must have been a bit more cherished than most, because it is still very shiny, and the gold decals show very little wear.  There are some light scratches to the finish, particularly on the left-hand side of the bed.

What is most amazing and exciting is the Fashion Aids case that is included with this machine---be sure to look at all the pictures.

The Singer Fashion Aids case looks like a child's suitcase with interior compartments for all of Singer's specialty attachments for their Featherweight. What a goodie bag it is! Here's what's included: Pinking Attachment (in the box, with instructions, complete with both the pinking and straight cut wheels), early style buttonholer (with instructions), blind stitcher (with instructions), adjustable zigzag attachment (in box, with instructions), seam ripper and needle threader (in original envelope, with extra parts and instructions), "third hand" material gripper (with instructions), hemstitcher and picot edger with special 221 cover plate (with instructions), and Singercraft Guide (with extensions, and instructions).

Of course all the standard or basic Featherweight attachments are included as well: those are the ruffler, gatherer / shirrer, narrow rolled hemmer, adjustable hemmer, quilter, edge stitcher, tucker, left and right cording, bias binder, zipper foot, seam guide, and two screwdrivers. You also get the original oil can, the key to the carry case, and the original Singer manual..

To sum it up---extremely scarce, and exceptionally nice!         $2195     GG-221FW      SOLD!

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Tan and White Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machines



Tan Singer Featherweight 221J Sewing Machine (JE159798)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 can!  

Looking for something a little bit distinctive in a Featherweight?  This one will satisfy the bill!       $625      MN-TFW     SOLD!

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White Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (202945)White Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (202945)   If you have been waiting to find a pretty little Singer 221K be sure to take a look at this!  These white / green Featherweights 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.  It is in excellent mechanical condition.  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.  It's hard to date this one to the exact year of production, as the two letters that proceed the 6-digit serial number are lightly impressed and difficult to make out, but it would logically be in the 1964-67 time frame. 

The original Singer accessories pictured are included, which are a zipper foot, seam guide, multi slot binder and even a buttonholer.  Being one of the "newer" Featherweights it is equipped with the graduated stitchplate to make it easier to sew nice straight seams.  This Featherweight's green and white carry case is clean and sturdy, however there are some scuffs to the exterior covering.  Guaranteed to please!       $595      JK-WFW     SOLD!

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Note:  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 inquire.

White Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine


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Singer Attachments, Accessories and Memorabilia

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Spanish Singer Sewing Machine Oil CanSpanish Singer Sewing Machine Oil Can---a great collector's item!   $55.00    Pic

Original Singer 221 Manual (availability varies---inquire)   $35.00    Pic

Singer Buttonholers for 221 and 301 (availability varies---inquire)   $40.00 - $50.00 

Original Singer Attachment feet for 301 sewing machine---includes ruffler, gatherer, edgestitcher, multi-slot Singer Featherweight Oil Cansbinder, hemmer, zipper foot, and adjustable hemmer in original box    $75.00

Singer Blind Stitch Attachment #160616 (box, instructions) $35.00

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Framed Kate Adams Miniature Quilts

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 the reflections.



Kate Adams Miniature Quilt"Ohio Star", 1991    Measuring approximately 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 wide.      $75     DC-KAMQ-1
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Kate Adams Miniature Quilt"Twenty 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 wide.        $150     DC-KAMQ-2
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Kate Adams Miniature Quilt"Little House", 1996    Measuring approximately 5 inches square this miniature quilt is #1 in a series of 2.  The outside frame measurement is 11 1/2 inches high by 11 inches wide.        $200     DC-KAMQ-3 
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