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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 dots.  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 original 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.........

White Singer Featherweight 221 K Sewing MachineBe sure to look at all the picture links that I provide for each Featherweight---each Pic below the description is a clickable link that will bring up a picture---to see numerous views of the machine, the accessories and attachments, and the carry case.

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 60-80 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.


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?


Special Edition Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machines



1936 Singer Featherweight 221 TEXAS CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION Sewing Machine (AE081892)1936 Singer Featherweight 221 TEXAS CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION Sewing Machine (AE081892)     Sold only at the 1936 Texas1936 Singer Featherweight 221 TEXAS CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION badge Centennial Exposition that celebrated the state's 100-year anniversary of independence from Mexico, very few of these specially marked machines were produced, and only a handful are known to still exist!  The serial number of this scarce Featherweight indicates a production assignment date of March 25, 1936.  From June through November of that year, despite still reeling from the effects of both the Great Depression and The Dust Bowl, Texas went all-out and produced a gala World's Fair-type Exposition.  The model 221 Featherweight had only been in production for 3 years at that time, and Singer seized upon the opportunity the Expo presented to re-invigorate sales by producing a specially-designated product to show off to the public---a Featherweight with a special red-rimmed medallion that proudly read "Texas Centennial Exposition  1836-1936".  Marketed and sold only at the Exposition this rare 221 variation is arguably the most prized and treasured of all Singer Featherweights.   

This example is all-original, inspected, fully-serviced, cleaned, adjusted, and sew-tested.  It's ready to use if you wish, and certainly ready for display!  It is so very classy looking with the Egyptian scrollwork pattern on the faceplate, the chrome-rimmed handwheel, and the chrome stitch length regulator backplate.  It features the un-numbered needle thread tension device and the front-mounted bobbin-winding tension mechanism.  The foot controller has the Art Deco-inspired air vents.  As the pictures indicate, it does show the expected amount of loss to the gold decal along the front edge, and some pin-marks and un-evenness to the clearcoat finish as is typical for machines from the 1930's.  The original carry case is in very good clean and sturdy condition, and complete with it's top tray and a new padded handle and key so it can safely be carried and transported, and continue to protect the machine.  There are an assortment of Singer Featherweight attachments included, as well as the original 1935 copyright-dated instruction manual.  There is even the little Singer tin-litho oilcan! 

This specific machine has a strong Texas pedigree!  The original owner of course purchased it at the Exposition.  My consignor obtained it from her many years later.  Her husband, who was a contractor, had gone to give her a bid on a job at her house, and he was 15 minutes late in arriving.  She chided him for his tardiness, so he made it right with her by offering to do the entire job for free!  Over time they became close friends with her, and his kindness all those years before paid it forward---when she was in her 90's she told him she had something she wanted to give his wife, because she knew as a quilter she would treasure it too.  It turned out to be this special Featherweight!  More information about the original owner will be provided to the purchaser of this machine---I'm told she was a lovely lady with a lot of interesting tales to tell!  

This is only the third time in many years of selling Singer 221 sewing machines that I have had the opportunity to offer for sale one of these exceptionally rare and special Singer Featherweights---a truly exceptional opportunity!     $11,950     LDE-TX-FW     SOLD!

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Black Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machines



1937 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AE774664)1937 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AE774664)   These 221 Featherweights from the 1930's are some of the earliest ones that Singer produced, and they are just so classy looking!  Imagine what a thrill it much have been to have owned one back then!  The earliest models, like this one, with the Egyptian scrollwork faceplate, chrome-rimmed handwheel, un-numbered upper thread tensioner, and chrome-plated stitch length regulator backplate, are so very distinctive!

Of course you are not going to just look at this Featherweight you are going to sew on it, and just like all the others we sell this one is fully serviced and ready to go back to work.  It really does sew well!  

Regarding the cosmetic condition, this Featherweight has pretty good reflection to the finish although there are, of course, a fair amount of pin-marks that you see upon close inspection as well as some loss to the gold decal along the front edge, but overall it shows very presentable.  The carry case is in good, clean, and sturdy condition and will continue to protect the machine.  It's complete with it's top tray and a brand new padded handle so it's ready to tote around.  There is a reprinted Singer 221 instruction manual included and a whole host of original Singer Featherweight attachments.

There is even a hand-written sales receipt dated 1947 between, presumably, the original owner and the second owner that has stayed with this machine for all these years!    $895     LCM-37-FW     SOLD!   

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1955 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL938649)1955 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL938649)   What more could you want!  This is a fine looking Featherweight that will be a great "user".  It's been thoroughly inspected and serviced from head to toe with a new belt installed, carefully adjusted to make that perfect stitch, cleaned and shined, and is all set to sit down and sew with.

In terms of cosmetics the decorative gold decals are near 100% intact, the metal parts are shiny, and the black paint---noting some pin-marks to the clearcoat finish---is overall very good.   This machine was obviously used but was well taken care of and is ready to continue to provide years of service.  

A nice feature of these later model Featherweights is the graduated stitchplate with seam width designation that makes it easy to sew uniform seams without the use of a seam guide.  Included with this Featherweight is an assortment of the original Singer attachments, and even including a buttonholer.  These attachments come in handy for apparel work, or can be just for fun to play around with.  There is also a nicely reproduced copy of the Featherweight manual as well as a used copy of Nancy Johnson-Srebro's Singer 221 The Perfect Portable And Its Stitches Across History.  The carry case is clean and sturdy noting some wear to the interior and exterior covering.

All and all a good reliable Singer 221 that's ready for another lifetime of use!    $625     LCM-55-FW   

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White and Tan Singer Featherweight Model 221K Sewing Machines




1961 Tan Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (ES879025)1961 Tan Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (ES879025)   You most often see them in black. You sometimes see them in white. But this is the harder-to-find Tan Singer model 221K Featherweight!  This machine is a wonderful variation, similar in color to the smooth beige finish of Singer's 1950's SewHandy toy sewing machines.  The serial number, the model designation ending in the letter K, and the decal under the handwheel indicate this tan Featherweight was manufactured in Singer's UK plant in Kilbowie, Scotland.  As one of those destined for export to the US it was then outfitted with Singer's 110 volt motor produced in their St. Johns, Quebec, Canada plant. 

This Featherweight sewing machine is all-original and was well taken care of.  The paint is in excellent condition and is a warm shade of tan with creamy-pink undertones.  There are only minor pin-marks to the clearcoat finish and a little bit of wear to the paint on the rim of the handwheel and in the area surrounding the screw holes where the seam guide was attached.  The metal Singer trademark tag is bright and bold. 

This machine runs like a champ and sews the perfect stitch!  It's gone through my thorough inspection and servicing, has been cleaned, oiled and adjusted, and is ready to sit down and sew with.  The foot pedal and the cord are in good shape with no cracks and no deterioration.  The original instruction manual that came with this machine is present.  The matching case for this machine is sturdy and in very nice overall condition on the exterior. The hinges, latches and handle are in good shape. The interior lining shows some separation from the sides and bottom, which is a common occurrence of these carry cases due to the way in which they were finished.  The throat plate has the graduated increments to help keep seams of consistent width.  In addition to the original boxful of standard attachment feet there is also a buttonholer with all 9 templates in a very 60's-style green plastic case.  

Cute as can be and as nice as they come!       $1250     RB-TFW     SOLD!

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1968/69 White / Green Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EY851109)1968/69 White / Green Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EY851109)   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 tend to simply call the color of these machines "off-white", but different ones do take on a different hue depending on the light they are viewed under, with some being a warmer shade and others, like this one, being a cooler color white.)  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 can 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 clean and odor-free and in very good condition noting a couple of small dings on the back corners and some scrapes to the inside covering.

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!       $950     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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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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