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",
why a whole new generation of sewing machine collectors and seamstresses
have fallen in love with them, and why 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.
We stand behind what we sell!
We personally service and detail 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.
Word About Condition.........
All of these antique Singer Featherweight
Sewing Machines listed below have been gently used and well cared
We Only Sell
Featherweights in Original Condition!
Featherweight sewing machines were never produced in red, blue,
purple, raspberry or anything similar. Nor were they ever
produced with floral decals, stripes or polka dogs. Machines
of those colors that you see offered up elsewhere on the Internet
are machines that have been powder-coated / repainted. Some
people like them for their novelty, but they are not original or
rare, and they are not something we buy or sell.
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. 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---as well as the degree of difficulty in finding
machines from a particular year.
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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 would like to purchase just email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
me at 530.748.7297 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!
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All of the Singer Featherweight sewing machines
listed below have been fully serviced in our workshop---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
SUPER RARE 1939 Black
"CRINKLE FINISH" Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AF387779)
Also known as the "Wrinkle" or Godzilla" finish, this textured matte
finish Featherweight is a truly rare and unusual variation of the
standard Singer 221. This is only the third one I have ever
had the opportunity to offer for sale! Though it still remains something of a
mystery, what is known is that only a small number of crinkle finish
Featherweights were manufactured during two limited production
runs---in 1939 and 1940. The serial number of this machine was
assigned on December 5, 1939.
A distinguishing feature of the Crinkle Featherweight is the 3
parallel lines milled along the front and back edged of the base, in
place of the gold decal decoration that was used on the shiny black
models. The faceplate on this machine has the sought-after
matching parallel line design.
Why did Singer produce Featherweights with this textured matte finish
rather than the familiar shiny black japanned finish? It has
been speculated that the unusual finish was somehow related to the
war effort, perhaps the non-glare surface done to meet military
specifications. In any case, these machines are extremely
rare, and only very occasionally come to market. This example
came straight out of a home in upstate New York.
This Featherweight is in excellent cosmetic and mechanical
condition. It is complete with original attachments and instruction
manual. The carry case is clean and fresh. It includes the
separate top tray and is in good shape with a new
As with all Featherweights I sell I have fully
serviced this machine and it carries my 1-year guarantee. It
runs beautifully and it sews perfectly. Collectible for
sure---but absolutely meant to be used!
1947 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AH205130)
This Featherweight is a beauty with its classy look and
features! This Singer 221 has the lovely "Egyptian Scrollwork"
design faceplate---1947 was probably the last year before Singer
switched to the less-expensive-to-produce striated or striped design
for the endplate given to Featherweights of later years. Everything about
this 221 is
nice. It has been fully inspected, serviced and
adjusted---it's all tuned up and ready to get back to work.
Featherweights are notoriously reliable workhorses, and this one is
no exception. It sews beautifully and runs strong. With
new wiring for the foot controller and a new LED light
bulb this machine will provide years of trouble-free service.
Cosmetically it's one of the nicest early machines you're
likely to find---super clean, super glossy, super reflective, super
bold gold decals. Wow, they don't get much nicer than this!
There's a small "nick" in the paint on the flat portion of the base,
but overall the condition is outstanding. The carry case is
super nice as well, and it includes all the Singer attachments shown
the original Featherweight 221 instruction manual, and even the
little Singer oil can.
You'll be thrilled to use it and proud to show it off!
$850 CFM-FW SOLD!
1951 Black Singer Featherweight 221 "Centennial" Sewing Machine (AK090855)
If you have been waiting to find a 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.
Featherweight is in very nice condition, showing gentle use and care.
And it sews just as nice as it looks! It's been fully
serviced, cleaned and adjusted so it's ready to sit down and sew
with. It is complete with the original instruction manual as well
as a nice assortment of Singer accessory feet. The carry case
is in good sturdy clean condition as well, so it's all set to travel
with you to quilting classes, workshops or to take along in the RV.
If you are looking for a Featherweight in the middle price
range with a bit of "collector" distinction this one is a great choice!
Black Singer Featherweight "Red S"
221K Sewing Machine (ES245794)
Wondering what a "Red S" Singer Featherweight is all about?
During the final years of Singer's production of black 221
Featherweights they "updated" the style of the oval Singer badge on
the front of the machine from the antique-looking "shuttle and spool
of thread" logo to a bright, bold, modern-looking "Red S". The
machines were also labeled "221K", the K to indicate manufacture at
Singer's UK plant in Kilbowie, Scotland, where they were
concurrently producing the freearm 222s. These machines were
only produced for a few short years so they are relatively scarce,
and to Featherweight lovers / collectors / users they have become
another variation to seek out.
example is in gorgeous condition. The finish is bright and
highly reflective, giving it that "wow" factor. The gold decals
are bright and bold and enhanced by the eye-popping Red S.
There are minimal pin-marks and one thin scratch to the clearcoat
finish along the front edge, only evident when held at certain angles
to the light. I've given the machine a complete servicing and it sews
that perfect Featherweight stitch. The throatplate has the
delineated seam width markings. The carry case is in
outstanding condition and the attachments are still in their
original box. The original Singer instruction manual is
a special machine for that special someone? Or for yourself?
It doesn't get much better than this!
Black Singer Featherweight "Red S"
221K Sewing Machine (ES247939)
This Featherweight dates from Singer's final period of 221
production and represents the end of an era! In fact, 1961 was
the very last year the black model 221 machines were manufactured.
Featherweight aficionados refer to machines from this time period as
"Red S" Featherweights, denoted by the prominent red S emblem on the
nameplate. By this point in time Singer had ceased Featherweight production in
its New Jersey factory. Machines were being made in their
Kilbowie, Clydebank, Scotland plant, thus the "K" designation in the
model number. These 221Ks 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 exceptionally glossy
and bright with very few pin-marks. It is very clean and shows
only gentle use. I've given it a complete top to bottom servicing and it
sews just beautifully! Notice the stitch plate with the
delineated seam width markings, making it effortless to keep seams
of uniform width without the use of a seam guide. The carry
case is in very nice condition noting one "apology"---the metal
latches were rusty, which has been removed, but is still a bit
blotchy. All of the attachments and accessories pictured are
included---the attachment feet, screwdrivers, extra bobbins, vintage
Singer needle packs and tin-litho oil can and the original
instruction manual, all color-coordinated as was Singer's style.
I'm also including the very first booklet on Featherweights written
by Nancy Johnson-Srebro. A lot of the information in that
booklet has since been added to and modified, but this was the one
that started the research that fueled the demand and desire for
these amazing sewing machines.
Be sure to look at all the pictures I've included below.
This one is beautiful---you'll be the envy of all your
Singer Featherweight Model 221K Sewing Machines
1964 White / Green Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EV905518)
If you have been waiting to find a pretty little Singer 221K
Featherweight take a look at this! For today's Featherweight users and collectors these white 221K machines represent the end of an era, and have
that wonderful retro 60's look. (Think Twiggy and Mary Quant!) Dating from the end of Singer's Featherweight production period, there were far fewer
white FWs 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
This Featherweight machine is very, very pretty---the metal parts are bright and shiny and the paint is a crisp and cool greenish-white color
that some FW aficionados refer to as "barely celery" or "mint green". (I would
simply call the color of these machines "off-white", but
they do take on a different hue depending on the light they are viewed under.) This machine is extremely clean and looks to have seen very little use.
It's equipped with the graduated increment needleplate. There
is a nice assortment of Singer accessory feet included in their original box along with 2 Singer screwdrivers, and there is even a matching vintage Singer oil
that goes along with it. The original Singer 221 Featherweight instruction manual, with its pink and green cover, is included as well. This
Featherweight's original green and white carry case is in good condition
noting some splits on the outer covering at the bottom. It is clean and odor-free.
As with all of the Featherweights we sell this one has been
fully serviced and it sews just as nice as it looks!
Cute as a button---a very tidy package!
Singer Featherweight Model 222 "FreeArm" Sewing Machines
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. These 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 or use in the US and Canada were
outfitted with Singer's 110 voltage motors.
As with all Featherweights I sell, my 222s come with my full 1-year
1955 Black Singer Featherweight 222K
FreeArm Sewing Machine---US
Voltage (EK322239) This Singer 222 is a
great choice if you are looking for a freearm machine you can feel
comfortable using day in and day out. It is priced a bit
lower than other 222 Featherweights that I have sold because looking at it closely you will
notice some paint chips in the bed both in front of and behind the needlebar area as well as scratches across the needle plate. But
the gold decals are in good shape and overall it is in attractive
cosmetic condition. These machines were meant to be used,
and with this one you won't feel you have to wear white gloves when
you do that, or feel guilty if you add another pin-mark!
I've done a complete servicing of this machine, going through it
from top to bottom, end to end. It was originally equipped
with a 220 volt UK motor, but I replaced that with an original
US-made Singer Featherweight 110 volt motor so it does not require
an auxiliary power converter to use---it's ready to sit and and sew
with. I gave the foot controller new wiring as well. It
sews beautifully and is all set to get back to work.
The carry case is clean
and odor-free. The inside lining on the lid showed some wear
so I replaced that with a nice piece of gray felt. The
original Singer 222 instruction manual is provided with loose
front and rear covers but complete. Be sure to look at the boxful of Singer attachments.
Of special note is the inclusion of the Singer 222 Darning
and Embroidery foot that allows you to do creative free-motion
embroidery work---this attachment can sell by itself for close to
$100! A great value for your money!
Singer 221 Folding Cardtables for
Original 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
elsewhere. It is in very nice 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. The table top looks good, however there are a few scratches
that could probably be taken care of it with a coating of colored
wax. The wood grain is very pretty, it's smooth and ready for use.
The trim around the tabletop edge, which was originally black painted
wood, has been refinished in a natural woodtone. The folding legs are metal
and the insert is the snap-in version. Be sure to look at all the pictures
above 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
Another Singer Featherweight 221 Folding Cardtable
Singer made these Featherweight tables in several
styles over the years. This is another variation. Like
the one offered above this one too is an original, but the tabletop
is trimmed with a brown painted metal edge rather than
a wooden one. It also has metal legs. It is complete with the original
insert which removes by way of a swivel mechanism.
The table top of this one needs to be refinished, and is being sold
in this condition to keep the price as low as possible. These
tables are easy to refinish. No need for a chemical stripper,
I simply use a pad sander or a belt sander to take off the finish
and smooth out the scratches. Then stain to the color of your
liking, and apply a couple of protective coats of polyurethane or
similar. A final coat of wax can be applied for added protection. There
are lots of picture links above that you can click on for a larger
The machine shown is for illustration and not included.
tables provide a handy way to keep your machine set up and ready to
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
email me at
can help you sell your Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine.
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Singer Buttonholers for 221 and 301
$40.00 - $50.00
Singer Blind Stitch Attachment #160616 (box,
Singer Featherweight Oil Cans (availability
varies---please inquire) $25.00-$45.00
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