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Antique / Vintage
Singer Featherweight Model 221 - 222 Sewing Machines


Singer Featherweight Model 221Once 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", 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.

 

A Word About Condition.........

All of these antique Singer Featherweight Sewing Machines listed below have been gently used and well cared for. 

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 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---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 ilovefeatherweights@gmail.com 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.


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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?


Black Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machines




SUPER RARE 1939 Black "CRINKLE FINISH" Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AF387779) 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 padded handle.

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!          $4995     GM-FW     SOLD!

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1947 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AH205130)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!

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1951 Black Singer Featherweight 221 "Centennial" Sewing Machine (AK090855)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. 

This Centennial 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!     $550     LCM-FW

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1961 Black Singer Featherweight "Red S" 221K Sewing Machine (ES245794)1961 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.

This 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 included.

Looking for a special machine for that special someone?  Or for yourself?  It doesn't get much better than this!     $1295     SK-FW     SOLD!

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1961 Black Singer Featherweight "Red S" 221K Sewing Machine (ES247939)1961 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 quilter pals!                $1295     CM-FW     SOLD!

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White Singer Featherweight Model 221K Sewing Machines




1964 White / Green Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EV905518)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 to last!

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!       $795     MN-WFW     SOLD!

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Black 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 "Freearm" or "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 narrow tubular-shaped 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 apparel work.

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 guarantee.


1955 Black Singer Featherweight 222K FreeArm Sewing Machine---US Voltage (EK322239)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!            $1395     MN-1-222FW     SOLD!

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Singer 221 Folding Cardtables for Featherweight Sewing Machines



Original Singer Featherweight 221 CardtableOriginal 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 machine!           $275     MN-FW-TBL2     SOLD!

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Original Singer Featherweight 221 CardtableAnother 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 view.  The machine shown is for illustration and not included.  These tables provide a handy way to keep your machine set up and ready to use!           $100     MN-FW-TBL4     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 email me at ilovefeatherweights@gmail.com.

White Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine


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Singer Featherweight Oil Cans
Singer Buttonholers for 221 and 301 (availability varies---inquire)   $40.00 - $50.00 

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

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




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