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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!

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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.


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


1950 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AJ387998)1950 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AJ387998)  This Featherweight loves to sew! I don't know quite how else to describe it---you step on the foot pedal and it just wants to sew.  The motor runs strong and quiet, and it produces a beautifully straight stitch.  It runs and stitches perfectly, and required very little in the way of tuning up.  It really does sew nicely!  

The machine is shiny and clean.  The gold decals are excellent.  There are minimal soft pinmarks to the surface.  The one apology is that there has been some loss to the paint along the bottom edge of the base, as shown in the pictures.

This Featherweight is exceptionally complete and includes all the basic original attachments, still in their box, as well as a handy bonus---the Singer buttonholer with 9 templates.  Included is a nicely reprinted copy of the Singer 221 instruction manual.  A nice collectible is the original little Singer oil can!  The carry case is complete with it's top tray and in good condition noting some "wrinkles" to the fabric covering and typical scuffs at the corners.  The interior fabric lining also shows average wear.  This Featherweight is all set to use at home, show off, and tote to your next quilt show or craft class!     $600      GR-FW
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1953 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL570790)1953 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL570790)  What more could you want!  This Featherweight is in very nice condition.  It shows just moderate and careful use.  It has a lovely deep and bright shine.  The condition of the gold decals is excellent.  There are the typical "pinmarks" to the clear coat finish.  It's in that kind of nicely balanced cosmetic condition that will make you proud to show it off, yet not so perfect that you're afraid to sew on it. 

And sew nicely it does!  As with all the others I sell this machine has had my thorough servicing and adjusting, and sews it a beautiful stitch.  The graduated increments marked on the needleplate make it a breeze to keep seam widths consistent and exact without the use of a seam guide.

Included is the original instruction manual as well as an assortment of Singer Featherweight accessory feet.  The carry case is very nice clean sturdy condition, with just a few scuffs here and there and a bit of adhesive tape residue on the lid.  The previous owner was so proud of this machine she inscribed her name in capital letters on the underside of the folding extension!   All tested and tuned up, and ready to get back to work and provide another lifetime of service!        $600     JG-FW
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1956 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AM362060)1956 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AM362060)  A true classic!  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 successfully take the Featherweight through three-plus decades of time.

The gold decals on Featherweights from the 30's and 40's have that wonderful antique-looking filigree design. Then comes the 1950's---it's all about Mid-Century Modern---and the gold decal design that decorates the Featherweight changes to that clean streamlined geometric pattern.  The exact same machine, but a whole different look.  It just makes sense---design and fashion were what Singer was all about.

This 1956 Singer Featherweight is beautiful!  The geometric pattern decals are in outstanding condition.  There are some pinmarks to the clearcoat finish to the left of the needlebar area, but overall the surface is extremely shiny, bright and highly reflective.  And it sews like a champ!  I guarantee you will love to sew on it!  A nice feature on these later Featherweights, which this machine has, is the graduated-increment throat plate that makes it easy to keep your seams of uniform width. Included with this machine is a nice assortment of original Singer attachments in their box.  The original Singer Featherweight manual is included as well, and is intact with the exception of missing the cover.  The carry case is in very nice condition.  Highly recommend!!        $650     SB-FW      SOLD!
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1961 Black Singer Featherweight Red S 221 Sewing Machine (ES242355)1961 Black Singer Featherweight "Red S" 221 Sewing Machine (ES242355)  Looking for a Featherweight with that "Wow!" factor?  This Featherweight is strikingly beautiful.  It dates from Singer's final period of 221 production, denoted by the "Red S" emblem and 221K tag.  By this point in time Singer had ceased Featherweight production in its NJ factory.  Machines were being made in their Clydesdale, Scotland plant, and those that were destined for export to the US were equipped with original 110 volt motors produced in their St. Johns, PQ, Canada factory.

This example is in outstanding condition both mechanically and aesthetically. The surface is glossy and bright, with very few pin marks.  It is very clean and shows very little use.  And it sews just beautifully!  It features the stitch plate with delineated seam width markings, making it effortless to keep seams of uniform width without the use of a seam guide. The carry case is also clean and sturdy and in very nice condition. All of the attachments pictured are included, as well as the original instruction manual.  These "later" Featherweights with the Red S logo are hard-to-come-by. This one is beautiful---you'll be thrilled to use it and proud to show it off!        $750     TM-FW     SOLD!
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Black Singer Featherweight Model 222 "FreeArm" Sewing Machines


1954 Black Singer Featherweight 222 Sewing Machine (EJ622575)1954 Black Singer Featherweight 222 Sewing Machine (EJ622575)    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 allows a portion of the flat bedplate to be removed, leaving a tubular-shaped base that allows for sewing around pant legs, sleeves, and other circular areas with 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.  And the stitchplate is marked off in graduated increment lines that function as a seam guide.

There were relatively few 222s produced compared to 221s, and the machines were only produced in Singer's Clydesdale, Scotland factory.  Those that were slated to be sold within Europe were equipped with 220V motors.  Those that were made for export to the US were sent to one of Singer's  North American factories to be equipped with Singer 110V motors.

This 222 Featherweight has the original 110V US motor.  It has been extremely well cared for and is really gorgeous!  It serviced up beautifully with no issues.  The stitch is perfect and it's a lot of fun to sew on!  The motor just purrs.  The surface has a beautiful gloss and a shiny reflective finish with minimal pinmarks.  The carry case is in very nice condition and will continue to do it's job to protect the machine and allow for easy transport.  The instruction manual is in very good condition.  There is a nice assortment of the standard Singer attachment feet and as a bonus there is even a buttonholer in a vintage Singer red plastic case! 

Singer produced  an amazingly reliable and high quality product when they manufactured the Featherweight.  It's such a pleasure to see a machine like this example that was obviously highly regarded by its owner.        $1595     JF-222FW
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1957 Black Singer Featherweight 222 Sewing Machine (EM604676) 1957 Black Singer Featherweight 222 Sewing Machine (EM604676)    This Singer model 222 sewing machine is in exceptional condition!  Referred to as "Freearm" or "Convertible" Singer Featherweights, the model 222 has two features that was not found on Singer's model 221 machines.  A portion of the flat bedplate can be removed, converting it into a narrow tubular-shaped base that allows for sewing around pant legs, sleeves, and other circular areas with limited access.  To remove the bed you simply unscrew the thumbscrew and slide the bed off.  The second noteworthy feature of the model 222 Featherweight machine is that they were designed with a "Sew / Darn" lever that allows you to drop the feed dogs to enable freehand machine darning and embroidery.  As with other Featherweights produced during the 1950's the stitchplate is marked off in graduated increment lines that function as a seam guide.

There were relatively few 222s produced compared to 221s, and the machines were only produced in Singer's Clydesdale, Scotland factory.  Those that were slated to be sold within Europe were equipped with 220V motors.  Those like this one that were made for export to the US were sent to one of Singer's  North American factories to be equipped with Singer 110V motors, and thus requires no voltage conversion.

This machine has been extremely well cared for and is really gorgeous! It is squeaky clean!  It has been fully serviced and adjusted. The motor runs smooth and strong, and it sews a lovely stitch.  You will love the cosmetic condition too.  The black paint has a beautiful rich and glossy shine, making it extremely reflective.  The pinmarks are minimal.  The gold decals are near 100%.  The carry case is in very nice condition as well.  The instruction manual is a nicely reprinted copy.  And there is a nice assortment of the standard Singer attachment feet. 

This machine shows just the gentlest of use by a meticulous owner---guaranteed to please!        $1650     CM-222FW     SOLD!
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Tan and White Singer Featherweight Model 221J / 221K Sewing Machines



1961 TAN Singer Featherweight 221J Sewing Machine (JE159766)1961 TAN Singer Featherweight 221J Sewing Machine (JE159766)      You most often see them in black. You occasionally see them in white.  But this one is the seldom-seen Made in Canada model 221J Tan Singer Featherweight!  Don't confuse this TAN Model 221 J with the WHITE Model 221 K!  The tan or beige Featherweight is a distinctly different, darker color.  These tan models were produced for just a very short period of time and were manufactured only in Singer's Canadian factories.  As the 1960's approached black colored 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 the most notable difference between the white British 221 K and the tan Canadian 221 J is the 5 1/2" long bed extension on these tan machines (like on the black 221s), compared to the shorter 3 1/2" long bed extension on the white models. Unlike the adhesive paper Singer emblems that were used on the white FW's, these tan models have a metal Singer trademark tag. 

The Featherweight has been cleaned and fully serviced, and is ready to get back to work.  It runs like a champ and sews great.  The tan models are pretty hard to come by, and unfortunately this example is in less than stellar cosmetic condition in regards to the loss of paint along the front edge.  But if you are looking for a great worker, and don't want to pay the price that a more pristine condition one would command, this will nicely meet your needs.

The original Singer instruction manual is present.  There are a nice assortment of attachments in their original box.  And the matching tan and brown carry case for the machine is sturdy and in good overall condition, noting some scuffs and marks on the outer covering and inside lining.         $550     JF-TFW     SOLD!
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1964 White Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EV919204)1964 White Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EV919204)   If you have been waiting to find a beautiful Singer 221K 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 in outstanding cosmetic and mechanical condition.  The paint is extremely clean.  The metal parts are bright and shiny.  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.

The original Singer accessories pictured are included.  Being one of the "newer" Featherweights it is equipped with the graduated stitchplate to make it easier to sew nice straight seams.  The original Singer 221 Featherweight instruction manual is also there and in very nice condition.  This Featherweight's green and white carry case is very good, noting some minor edge wear to the corners.

Be sure to look at all the pictures---a special bonus that adds to the collector appeal of this Featherweight is the original purchase receipt and the Singer Extended Budget Plan booklet!    If you are fussy about condition this beauty is guaranteed to please!       $695     GN-WFW     SOLD!   
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Vintage Singer Featherweight Card Tables


Original Vintage Singer Featherweight Card TableOriginal Vintage Singer Featherweight Card Table  Singer marketed this as their "Folding Utility Table / 3-Way Table".  It was manufactured specifically for use with the Featherweight to provide an ample flat work surface.  The top was designed with an insert piece that removes to reveal an opening into which the Featherweight machine sits flush with the tabletop.  When not being used for sewing the table could function as a dining table or a card table, and of course could easily be stored away, making it as portable and versatile as the 221 sewing machine itself.  It was another of Singer's ingenious ideas, and like all Singer products these tables were extremely well constructed and durable. 

This example is an original Singer Featherweight cardtable, not one of the reproductions that can be had.  There were two versions of the card table, and this one is the early version, referred to as the Model 308, and manufactured during the 1930s.  The removable insert is held in place, and removed, by manually rotating a piece of flat steel that locks and unlocks the insert by engaging in slots on the underside of the table.  The table top is birch veneered wood, the edge trim and folding legs are brown painted metal.

These tables are not all that easy to find.  From a cosmetic point this table could use some sprucing up.  A little dusting underneath, some wax on the top to give it a nice sheen and minimize the scratches, and some felt or leather applied to the metal brackets that hold the machine to prevent rubbing is all it needs to make it into a $300 table like the ones below.  Buy it, do-it-yourself, and save---before I get to it!      $250     JF-FWT     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   $35.00    Pic

Singer Buttonholers for 221 and 301 (availability varies---inquire)   $20.00 - $30.00

Original Singer '64-'65 New York World's Fair Commemorative CoinOriginal Singer '64-'65 New York World's Fair Commemorative Coin---Perhaps where they coined the phrase "What's New For Tomorrow Is At Singer Today".  A great collectible!   $35.00    Pic    Pic

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

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

Singer Featherweight Oil Cans (availability varies---pleaseSinger Featherweight Oil Cans inquire)    $25.00-$45.00      Pic            Pic            Pic

Singer Pinking Machine    $45.00      Pic             Pic             Pic             Pic             Pic




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.      $100     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.        $200     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.        $250     DC-KAMQ-3 
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