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
Black Singer Featherweight 221
SAN FRANCISCO GOLDEN GATE EXPOSITION
Sewing Machine (AF377783)
Not just a sewing machine, but 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
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 1940", a
was marketed and sold only at the Exposition.
As with all of the Featherweights we sell this one has been
completely serviced, is ready to sew on, and carries our 1-year
guarantee! It is in great mechanical shape, has been fully
adjusted and inspected, and performs beautifully. And it is
quite outstanding in regards to condition and completeness. The
black paint has a nice glosss to the finish with minimal pinmarks,
and the gold decals are near 100% intact. It has the lovely
Scrollwork" faceplate, chrome edge handwheel, and chrome
stitch length regulator backplate, so it's as classy looking as can
be! The carry case is clean and sturdy. The only
"apologies" are some wrinkling of the leatherette covering on the
front side and the typical scuffs on the interior. The latches
lock securely although they have lost their springiness. It
has a new padded handle so it's all set to get toted along with you.
There are a host of attachments and accessories included---in
addition to the basic set of attachments in the box there is also a
buttonholer, zigzager, and blind stitcher, all in original Singer
boxes with instructions. Even the little Singer oil can and a
few needle packs! Be sure to look at all the pictures!
To sum it up---extremely scarce, and exceptionally nice!
1952 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL201642)
guarantee you'll love the way this Mid-Century Singer Featherweight
221 sews! This pretty
machine has been well-maintained and cared for. It had been a while
since it was last used, but after a thorough inspection and a
complete servicing I can say with full confidence that mechanically
it's in top shape, and all set to get back into the sewing room!
It's cleaned, oiled and adjusted, the motor
runs strong, and it sews a lovely stitch. Cosmetically you'll
see some signs of average use---minor "pinmarks" to the clearcoat
finish, some little nicks here and there to the paint on the
handwheel, and a bit of wear to the gold decal
decoration that runs around the perimeter. But overall it's
very clean and presentable---obviously
used, but only gently---and now ready to get back to work!
The machine is equipped with the handy graduated increment /
calibrated throat plate to use as a guide in keeping your seams nice and straight.
Included is the set of basic attachments as well as a nicely
reproduced copy of the Singer 221 instruction manual. The carry case
is one of the newly made replacements and not an original---they are
a little "clunkier" than the original Singer cases, but it clean and
sturdy and will continue to protect the machine and allow for easy
A great choice if you're wanting a good-looking hard-working
Featherweight at a fair price!!
White / Green
Singer Featherweight Model 221K Sewing Machine
1968/69 White / Green Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine
with Unusual Original Carry Case (FA236298)
If you have been waiting to find a squeeky-clean Singer 221K this is
it! For today's Singer Featherweight users and collectors these white 221K machines, which date from the end of Singer's Featherweight production period,
represent the end of an era, and have that wonderful retro 60's look. The color is sometimes referred to as "green", or "celery" or "mint"
or "pale turquoise", and in fact each batch seemed to be a slightly different tone of white, ranging from cool to warm,
and depending on the light under which it is viewed.
These white / green Featherweights were produced in Singer's Kilbowie, Clydebank Scotland factory. They are even a bit lighter in weight than their black counterparts.†
And like all Singer products from that era they were built with precision for reliability and long-life.† This example is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. It has been fully serviced, given a new belt, and it sews like a champ, producing a neat and tidy stitch.† The motor runs strong and smooth.† From a cosmetic standpoint the
paint is extremely clean and bright, noting one chip in the paint
on the motor. The color is a beautiful cool white hue. And
the metalwork is shiny. It is complete with all the attachment
feet and accessories shown. The instruction manual is a nicely
reproduced copy of the correct original 221K manual.
This machine has an interesting
and charming "history". According to its owner,
"In the 60s and 70s my grandfather was an executive at the Singer Corporation. He gave my mother this
sewing machine as gift when she was a child. As my mother recalls, he claimed it was the first one off the production line for that batch (but that could have just been
exaggerating to make the gift more special). My mother didnít really like to sew as a kid so thankfully it is not heavily used or scuffed up
......." Whether or not it really was the first off the
production line for that batch is hard to verify---Singer's serial
number records for these 221K machines are incomplete---but it's a
great story nonetheless!
What is certainly of
special note is the very unusual original carry case that came with
this machine. These two-tone turquoise and navy blue cases
with hounds tooth design linings are rarely seen here in the States,
and only occasionally found in the UK. So if you are looking for
an unusual varient of a very pretty little machine be sure to take a
close look at this one!
Singer Featherweight Model 222 "FreeArm" Sewing Machines
1957 Black Singer Featherweight 222K Sewing Machine---US
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.
The features of the 222 make it a really good choice if you do
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!
From a cosmetic standpoint this Singer 222 does show signs of use,
been well cared for. I've done a complete servicing on it. It makes a beautiful stitch
and it's a lot of fun to sew on! The motor runs strong, quiet, and
smooth. The gold decals are pretty good shape but you will
notice some paint chips to the black paint, particularly along the
front edge, and there are
an average amount of pin-marks to the clearcoat surface. But
it's very clean, has a new belt and new electric cord, and it's
ready to go back to work. The carry case definitely shows
signs of age / use, but I've detailed it up and it will continue to do it's job to protect the machine.
At one point someone pryed off the latches to open it up. They
were reattached securely and although a bit dented and misshapen
they seem to hold closed securely. An
original Singer 222 instruction manual is also provided with loose
pages but complete. No attachments with this one but they can
be purchased from me separately if wanted.
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. A great bargain at this price!
Model 301 and related Sewing Machines
The Singer 301 has been referred to as the
Featherweight's "Big Sister" or perhaps more accurately
"Cousin." The 301s were produced throughout the 1950s and
although they weigh about 5 lbs. more than the 221s (the machine
itself weighs just over 16 lbs) they are still relatively
lightweight, and certainly portable. They may not have quite
the same "sex appeal" as the Featherweights, but they have a
distinctive look all their own, and afficianatos insist they were the
best machines Singer ever made. They are completely
gear-driven, so no belt is needed. The needlebar was designed
with what is referred to as a "slant shank", meaning at a slight
angle rather than straight up and down, bringing the work out in
front of the foot, making it easier to see your work, and giving it
stronger piercing force. The 301s were made in Singer's Anderson,
South Carolina factory.
Any of these machines are a great choice if you are looking for
something that will be a real workhorse in a weight that is still manageable!
1954 Tan Singer 301A Sewing Machine
Around 1953 Songer began adding the designation "A" to their model 301 machines to indicate the factory of manufacture,
the A representing Anderson, SC.
(Similarly the K designation on the white 221 Featherweights
indicates Kilbowie, Scotland and the J
designation on the tan 221 Featherweights refers to St. Johns,
Quebec Canada.) This 301A is a long-bed version,
measuring 19" in length compared to the shortbed models of the same
machine withch measure 16 1/2". This is a nice
example in very good cosmetic condition noting some scratches to the
paint along the bottom of the base. I've given it a complete
servicing and it runs and sews beautifully. The carry case is
in decent condition---for some reason the cases on these machines
tend to always look a little beat up but this one isn't bad at all.
The foot pedal is great with new wiring. There are several of
the 301 attachments included as well. The original instruction
booklet has gone missing, but a copy in .pdf format can be
downloaded for free from the Singer site. I'll send you the
link if you need it. A great user---I guarantee you'll
love the way it sews!
1953 Tan Singer 301A Sewing Machine Short Bed (NA272009)
This Singer 301A is the short-bed version,
measuring about 16 1/2" inches in length, and it's a real workhorse!
I've given it a complete
servicing of course, including a new power cord, so it's ready to get
back to business. It's very clean and has obviously been well
cared for. It has the graduated throat plate marked with seam
width guidelines. The carry case is less than perfect, as is
very often the case with these machines. It is sturdy and will
continue to protect the machine, but there are scuffs on the outside
and the stitching on the trim has started to come loose in several
places. The original instruction booklet has gone missing, but
a copy in .pdf format can be downloaded for free from the Singer
site. I'll send you the link if you need it. I
guarantee it to be a very reliable user! And if you are looking for a 301 cardtable
to go with this machine be sure to see the one I have listed below.
Singer 221 and 301 / 404 Folding Cardtables
for Sewing Machines
Singer Featherweight 221 Folding Cardtable
This is the portable sewing machine table that Singer manufactured specifically for use with the Featherweight. It's a super functional Featherweight accessory, designed with a removable insert piece
that reveals an opening into which the machine fits. The
effect is to allow the machine to sit flush to the tabletop and
provide a nice large, flat work area. The top measures
approximately 30" by 30". Another ingenious Singer idea, as portable and versatile as the Featherweight itself. When not in use the table can easily be folded and
stored away, or it can double in use as an extra table. 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 pads 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. These cardtables came in a variety of
styles over the years. I believe this is the "earlier" style table, probably pre-WWII,
but it will fit any year Singer Featherweight 221. The insert is held in place,
and released, by turning a swivel center lock mechanism. The
table top has been tastefully refinished. The wood grain is very pretty, it's smooth and ready for use.
The legs and the trim around the tabletop edge are brown painted metal.
I did not refinish or repaint the legs or edging, and the do show a
bit of "texture" or oxydation to the surface. 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.
(Machine shown is not included) Very functional as well as a great way to display your favorite
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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