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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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For information on consigning your Singer Featherweight with us
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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.  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


1951 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (EG442334)1951 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (EG442334)  With this Featherweight you get the best of both worlds!  This machine features a nice blend of old and new.  A little Singer history is in order---the post WWII years saw a notable change in the cosmetic design of the Featherweight chrome faceplate---from what today's collectors refer to as the early "Egyptian scroll" pattern to the more modern-looking "striated or striped" design.  Purely cosmetic, but it signaled a marketing move into the modern world.  This machine is what I would call "transitional", spanning the two eras.  It was manufactured in Singer's UK factory, where change was a little later to come, so what you have here is a "newer" 1950's machine but with the beautiful "old-style" Egyptian scroll faceplate.  

This sewing machine is very pretty, and will be a great user!  It's been serviced from top to bottom, and it sews like a champ.  The 110 volt motor, produced in Singer's Canadian factory, runs strong and the machine is all tuned up and ready for use. 

From a cosmetic view it has what I would consider an average amount of pinmarks and surface scratches to the clearcoat finish.  There's a nice selection of original attachment feet, as well as the original instruction manual.  The carry case is in very nice condition inside and out, and complete with the full-wide top tray that was a feature of the early-style cases.  A very pretty machine you will love to use!         $575     Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic       JF-FW19



1951 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL191048)1952 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL191048)  This Featherweight is a 64 year old beauty!  It dates from the post-war era, the time when Singer was at the height of its glory, producing Featherweights in both its US and UK factories.  This machine was manufactured in Elizabeth, NJ, and it exemplifies that legendary Singer quality and beauty.   

Mechanically it is a great machine---it runs and stitches perfectly, and required very little in the way of tuning up.  It really does sew nicely!  Overall it is in very fine cosmetic condition.  It is very clean, bright and shiny.  There are minimal soft pinmarks to the surface, and the gold decals are near 100% intact. The original Singer attachment feet shown are included as well as the original Singer manual, although missing its cover.  The carry case is in very nice condition.  Ready to provide service for another generation!     $595     Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic       JF-FW20



1951 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AK115105)1951 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AK115105) 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 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 Featherweight is in outstanding condition.  I love seeing them like this!  It shows only the most gentle of use and careful, proper storage.  It has a lovely deep and bright shine.  And it sews just as nice as it looks!  It's had my thorough servicing and adjusting, and sews a beautiful stitch.

It is complete with the original instruction manual as well as a nice assortment of Singer accessory feet, still in the original box.  The carry case is in great condition too.  Centennials are fairly hard to come by.  Highly recommend!        $695     Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic    Pic       RK-FW



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.        $1550    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic     JF-222FW


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    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic      JF-TFW




1964 White Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EV905476)1964 White Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EV905476)   If you have been waiting to find a pretty little 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 very pretty---the metal parts are bright and shiny and the paint is a warmer-white color than the slightly greenish-tinge exhibited by some of these models.   The machine is extremely clean and looks to have seen only gentle use and proper storage.  There are several Singer accessory feet included as well as the buttonholer with templates.  Being one of the "newer" Featherweights it is equipped with the graduated stitchplate.  The original Singer 221 Featherweight instruction manual, although missing its cover, is included as well.  This Featherweight's green and white carry case is in nice condition, noting some minor wear to the outside covering at the edges.

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.  Guaranteed to please!       $595    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    pic    CL-WFW     SOLD!



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    pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic    JF-FWT



Original Vintage Singer Featherweight Card TableOriginal Vintage Singer Featherweight Card Table  This is the portable sewing machine table that Singer manufactured specifically for use with the Featherweight.  At first glance it looks just like any other good-looking folding-leg cardtable.  But the top was designed with an insert piece that removes to reveal an opening into which the Featherweight machine sits flush to the tabletop.  It was another ingenious idea that the Singer Manufacturing Co. came up with, and it is as portable and versatile as the 221 sewing machine itself.  When not in use the table could easily be stored away, or it could double in use as a table for card playing, dining, etc.  Like all Singer products from "back when", these tables were extremely well constructed and durable. 

This example is an original Singer Featherweight cardtable, not one of the reproductions that are available.  It is in excellent used condition, complete with the original removable insert.  It is very sturdy.  The leather padding on the brackets that hold the machine are in good shape, ensuring that you won't be scratching your Featherweight as you lift it in and out.  The table shows only light scratches on the top surface and a few small stains, but I've cleaned it and applied a coat of high quality wax, so it is smooth and ready for use.

This is the "later" style table, probably post-WWII, which Singer referred to as the Model 312.  The legs are black painted metal and the trim around the tabletop edge is black painted wood.  The insert is held in place by two tabs that slide into slots on one end and a spring clip on the other.  Be sure to look at all the pictures to see how the table is designed to enable the machine to sit flush to provide that nice large flat surface area to work on.  Very functional as well as a great way to display your favorite machine!     
$300    pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic      JF-FWT-2     SOLD!



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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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.        $150    pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   DC-KAMQ-1 







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.        $250    pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   DC-KAMQ-2 







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.        $350    pic   pic   pic   pic   pic   DC-KAMQ-3 






Singer Attachments, Accessories and Memorabilia

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Featherweight 221 The by Nancy Johnson-Srebro,  copyright 1997, softcover, 184 pages, a must-have for the Featherweight collector and user!   $15.00

Singer Sewing Skills Reference Book,  Copyright 1954, hardcover, 50 pages, a great resource with instruction lessons for stitching methods and fashion details   $10.00

Singer Sewing Book Reference Book,  Copyright 1949, hardcover (cover shows some wear), 240 pages, a wealth of information for beginner through advanced seamstresses.   $10.00

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

Original Singer 221 Manual   $35.00    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---please inquire)    $35.00-$65.00      Pic     Pic     Pic

Singer Pinking Machine    $45.00      Pic     Pic     Pic     Pic     Pic

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