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We Can Help You Sell Your
Singer Featherweight 221 & 222
Sewing Machines

We are the largest and best Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine sales website on the internet!  We sell the majority of those Featherweights on consignment for the owners, and if your Featherweight is in excellent condition we can help you too.

To view the Singer Featherweights we are currently offering for sale, please see our Singer Featherweight Sales Page.

Important Information:

About Singer Featherweight Sewing Machines, Their Value, and Selling Yours

If you have a Singer 221 or 222 Featherweight sewing machine to sell here are some points to consider:

How old is my Featherweight? White Singer 221 Sewing Machine

To date your machine look on the bottom to find the serial number.  Every machine has a unique serial number which will begin with two letters followed by six numbers.  Singer kept records for their production runs, and you can go to their website to find out when the serial number for your Featherweight was assigned by matching up the serial number on your machine with the corresponding year on their chart.  People often refer to this as the date the machine was "born", but more accurately it is the date the production run for that series of machines was assigned.  The machines would have come off the production line sometime between that date and the date of the next production series assignment.

What's my Featherweight worth?

The 3 most important factors in determining the value of a vintage or antique Singer 221 Featherweight sewing machine are:

1) Condition 
2) Condition

3) Condition

Singer 221 detailHow your Singer 221 sewing machine looks cosmetically is far more important to its resale value than anything else.  Nearly all 221 Featherweights sew well or, with minor "tune ups", can be adjusted to sew well.  Singer 221 Featherweights are very reliable and very straightforward to maintain.  They are not computerized or complicated.  They were made to last several lifetimes. 

The real indicator of value isn't whether your sewing machine "still sews".  That it sews is almost a given.  The important question is how good does it look?  The phrase "It looks good given its age" doesn't cut it when it comes to Singer Featherweight 221 sewing machines.  To command top value / price a Singer 221 or 222 sewing machine needs to look great "in spite of" its age.  More information on condition in regards to value can be found below.  

What is the difference between a Model 221 and a Model 222 Featherweight?

Singer Featherweight Model 222 sewing machines, also known as "Freearm" or "Convertible" Singer Featherweights, had a feature that was not found on the Featherweight Model 221 machines.  The Freearm Featherweights were designed with a tubular bed feature that allows a portion of the flat bedplate to be removed so you could sew around sleeve cuffs or pant legs.  The Model 222 Featherweight machines also have a feature where you can drop the feed dogs to enable machine darning and embroidery.  There were relatively few Model 222 Featherweights produced compared to Featherweight Model 221 machines, so the Singer 222's generally command considerably higher prices.

What are the benefits of consigning my Featherweight?

We can achieve the highest value for your machine, and we make the entire process very easy for you.  After I've evaluated your machine and determined it's suitable to be sold from our website I will send you instructions for packing and shipping.  Upon receiving your machine I give it a thorough servicing and cleaning to prepare it for sale.  My service includes providing the eventual buyer with a 1-year guarantee on the machine.  So it's a win-win-win situation.  The purchaser buys with confidence.  You, the seller, get top value.  I collect my commission from the proceeds of the sale,  and I get to sell the finest sewing machines ever made!     

What do you look for in evaluating a 221 / 222 Featherweight?

If you have a Singer Featherweight 221 or 222 you would like to sell I'm going to ask you to send several pictures to show me the details of its cosmetic condition.  In evaluating your machine I will look at the amount of wear or thinning to the gold decoration, particularly on the front edge at the "fabric path".  I will try to assess the degree of shine, or lack of, to the black paint, and the amount of scratches or "pin marks" on the surface.  I'll look closely to see whether the clearcoat finish is pealing, uneven or blotchy.  I'll also ask you to open the lid and tell me honestly whether the carry case has a musty smell.  All of those factors play into the value.  Singer 221 Table

The most typical cosmetic "issue" you seen on a Singer Featherweight is loss to the gold decal decoration that runs around the perimeter of the flat table portion, particularly in front of and to the left and right of the needlebar area.  This is known as "fabric path" wear and is a result of the fabric running past the front edge of the sewing machine over and over again as it moves along through the needle.  Another common cause of this wear to the gold decoration is from the seamstress repeatedly placing his / her hands in one position on the front edge of the machine, year after year, garment after garment. 

Do these cosmetic issues affect the use of the machine?  Of course not, but they do affect the value to the extent that they may indirectly point to more or less prior use of the machine.  But more importantly they detract from the "collector value", and many Featherweight fanatics buy Singer 221's and 222's as much for their "display" and collector value as for their "user" value.    White Singer Featherweight

Most people's first impulse is to say their Singer 221 machine "is in great condition" but what you think is "great" might be what I think is only "fair".  It's like the bad driver analogy---I have never heard anyone describe themselves as a bad driver, but let's face it, there are lots of bad drivers around!  Well there are likewise lots of just so-so looking Singer Featherweights around.  There were over 2 million of them made, and a lot of them got used, and used, and used, so you need to look at yours with a critical eye when describing it to me.  With Featherweights (as with all antiques) it's the little details of condition that make the big differences in value.

Here's the view of your Featherweight I need to see if you are sending me pictures:  Click the small picture to see the size and detail I am looking for. 

Singer 221 Sewing Machine

If you plan to consign with me I need to be able to clearly see that gold decal that runs around the base of your machine to assess its condition so I can give you an accurate estimation of what it will sell for from my website.

We have been actively Selling Singer Featherweight Model 221 and 222 Portable Electric Sewing Machines
online for the last 18 years.

  We can help you sell your Black, White, or Tan Singer 221 Sewing Machine, your Singer 222 Freearm Sewing Machine, your San Francisco Golden Gate Exposition Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machine, Chicago Century of Progress Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machine, or Texas Centennial Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machine.  We have sold Blackside and WWII Era Crinkle Finish Featherweight Sewing Machines as well.

If you have a Featherweight you would like to sell please contact me.

To view the Singer Featherweights we are currently offering for sale, please see our Featherweight Sales Page.

To view examples of vintage Singer Featherweight 221 and 222 sewing machines we have previously sold and are always interested in buying be sure to visit our Antique Sewing Machine Past Sales Archive Pages

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If you have a single antique, or a collection of antiques to sell please contact us at giving us your PHONE NUMBER  and other contact info and we will get back to you ASAP. 

To view examples of the types of antiques and collectibles we have previously sold and are always interested in helping you sell please visit our Past Sales Archive Pages at our sister website

Please see our FAQ page, the Appraisal / Selling Page and the Selling Your Collection Pages for further info.


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