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?
1948 Black Singer Featherweight 221
Sewing Machine (AJ913558)
This Featherweight 221 is in outstanding condition!
It's a 64 year old beauty that looks to have seen only the most gentle of use.
I love seeing them this way! Of course it's
not just another pretty face---if you are looking for a Singer 221
that sews just as nice as it looks you will definitely love this one.
Singer 221 sewing machine is in fabulous condition. It is extremely bright and glossy with a
highly reflective surface. It has that beautiful rich deep black
finish. There are just minimal pinmarks to the clearcoat. The condition of the gold decals is surpurb as well.
Mechanically it's in top shape
too. Inside it is very
clean and tidy. When servicing it I found it to need nothing
beyond my typical routine lubricating and adjusting. So many
times these older machines have years of oily-linty-grimy build-up
on the gears and moving parts
that have to be cleaned out. This one did not! It runs
beautifully, and of
course it sews that perfect Featherweight stitch!
Singer attachments shown in the picture are included,
and the Singer instruction manual is a nicely reproduced copy. The carry case is
very clean and sturdy and looks excellent overall. In fact it is way
above average for one of this vintage.
Guaranteed to dazzle---you'll be the envy of your quilter pals!
1956 Black Singer Featherweight 221
Sewing Machine (AM373402) 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 50's, it's all about Mid-Century Modern, and to keep step with the times the Singer decal
design changes to that clean and streamlined geometric pattern. The exact same machine, but a whole different look! It just makes sense---design and fashion were what Singer was all
This 1956 Featherweight is strikingly beautiful! It is extremely shiny-bright and highly 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 a complete
assortment of original Singer attachments, even beyond the basic ones to include a Singer FW buttonholer with all 9 templates. The original Singer Featherweight manual is in very nice condition,
and extra collectible goodies include the Singer oil can and several needle packs. The carry case is also very clean and in fine condition. If you are the meticulous type this Featherweight is a great choice!
1958 Black Singer Featherweight 222 Sewing Machine (EN136676) 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 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
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
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 Exposition 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
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!
Tan and White Singer
Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machines
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!
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 /
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
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.
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!
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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Singer Sewing Machine Oil Can---a great collector's item!
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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