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 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 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.........
Be sure to look at all the picture links that I provide for each Featherweight---each
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
email@example.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!
Concerned about buying online?
to read some of our testimonials!
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
1937 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AE773181)
This nice early Featherweight dates from the 1930's. As you'd expect, far fewer of these early FWs are found compared to the later ones.
This one sews a perfect stitch and is in excellent working condition. The motor is strong and the machine is all tuned up and ready to go back to work.
Note the classy features of this early model---the Egyptian scrollwork faceplate, the chrome edge handwheel, the chrome stitch length regulator plate,
and the un-numbered upper thread tension adjuster. Overall it is in very good cosmetic condition noting an average amount of "pin marks" to the clearcoat finish.
The gold decals that adorn the perimeter are near 100% intact. The shine to the black paint is a little less reflective than that of some of the later Featherweights I have,
as would be expected. But overall the machine is very presentable and a good choice for someone who wants an early Featherweight they can be comfortable actually using
without worry day in and day out.
The carry case is in very good condition,
clean and complete with its top tray and a brand new padded handle. Along with a host of standard Featherweight attachments
this one includes an original manual as well.
Just like all the others we sell this Featherweight is fully serviced, guaranteed, and ready to go back to work!
1947 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AH211889)
This is a great looking Featherweight that will be a
wonderful "user". It's nice and clean, and needed very little in the way of tuning up. It sews beautifully,
producing a lovely straight stitch,
and the motor runs strong.
Regarding the cosmetic condition, this 221 has
a very pretty reflection to the black paint finish, and the gold
decals are bold and strong. There are some pin-marks
in the clearcoat, particularly a cluster in front of the needlebar
area. They are not really noticeable to the glance, and didn't
show up in the photos, but evident when shining a light directly at
Ready to tote to quilting classes and retreats and for travel it's complete with original and very clean carry case, attachments, and the original Featherweight
I've given it a thorough servicing and it's ready to take on your next sewing project!
1955 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL927527)
A true classic! It's interesting how Singer exemplified, and perhaps even helped establish, the design trends of the day. Featherweights were
produced from the 1930's through the 1960's, and the design of the actual machine stayed essentially the same throughout that entire period. With just a few changes
in cosmetic / visual details Singer was able to take the Featherweight through three-plus decades of change. The gold decals on Featherweights from the 30's and 40's
have that wonderful antique-looking filigree design. Then comes the 50's, when it was all about Mid-Century Modern, and the design changed to that clean streamlined
geometric pattern. The exact same machine, but a whole different look. It just makes sense---design and fashion were what Singer was all about.
This 1955 Featherweight is beautiful---very shiny and bright. The geometric pattern decals are in outstanding condition. Of course it was used
so there are the expected pin-marks to the clearcoat finish to the left front of the needlebar area. And most importantly it sews like a champ! A nice
feature on these later Featherweights is the graduated-increment throat plate that makes it easy to keep your seams of uniform width. Included is
the original Featherweight manual, as well as the handy Singer buttonhole attachment and the zipper foot. The carry case is clean and
sturdy with just some minor signs of wear.
It's fully serviced, cleaned, oiled, and adjusted, and ready to get back to work!
1956 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AM406897)
If you've been searching for a great-looking Featherweight
at a price that won't blow your budget be sure to take a look at
this one! I've given it the complete servicing, it runs
strong, and it sews the perfect Featherweight stitch. It's
complete with attachments, a nicely reproduced copy of the Singer 221 manual, and the original carry case in very nice
The rich black paint and clearcoat finish are in super nice
condition with great reflection, and the gold decal decorations are
bold and bright. It's equipped with the handy graduated
increment needleplate with seam allowance markings that Singer
included on these machines from the later 1950's.
If it sounds too good to be true at this price it sort of is---the
one issue is that at some point in it's life the bobbin winder
snapped off and was repaired. It's not all that obvious upon
first glance, and actually it wasn't until I had it on my workbench
and began servicing it that I even saw the crack and realized that
the winder had been epoxied back on. You can see it in the
close up picture that I've provided in the picture links below. Unfortunately, because
of the location of the break, it had to be
repaired rather than replaced. They didn't do a bad job from a
cosmetic standpoint, and the repair seems pretty stable. But what I
saw when I tested it out and wound a bobbin was that the thread did
not wind evenly on the bobbin, apparently because the winder
is slightly askew. So an auxiliary electric bobbin winder,
which many seamstresses prefer to use anyway, would be a good
addition for this machine.
This Featherweight is in otherwise such beautiful condition
that were it not for the "apology" it would be valued
at double the price!
Tan and White Singer Featherweight Model 221K Sewing Machines
1961 Tan / Beige Singer Featherweight 221J Sewing Machine (JE154531)
You most often see them in black. You sometimes see them in white. But this is the harder-to-find Tan Singer model 221J Featherweight!
This machine is a wonderful variation,
built exactly like the black 221s but 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 J on the Singer logo, and the marking on the motor indicate this tan Featherweight was manufactured in Singer's
Canadian plant located in St. Johns, Quebec.
This Featherweight sewing machine is all-original and was well taken care of. The paint is in excellent condition
noting a few paint chips, primarily on the handwheel, the motor, and
the bobbin winder, and is a warm shade of tan with creamy-pink
undertones. The metal Singer trademark tag is bright and bold. This machine is squeaky-clean and runs like a champ, and she sews the perfect stitch!
has gone through my thorough inspection and servicing, has been cleaned, oiled, and adjusted, and is ready to sit down and sew with.
As one of the "late model" Featherweights it has the throat plate
with graduated increment markings to help keep seams of
consistent width. The original boxful of standard
attachment feet is included as well as the original instruction
The foot pedal is original and the power cord
and belt are in good shape with no cracks and no deterioration. The matching
original carry case for this machine is sturdy and in very
decent condition on the exterior. The hinges, latches and handle are in good shape. The interior lining shows some
tears and separation from the sides and bottom, which is a common occurrence of these carry cases due to the way in which they were finished.
Truthfully the interiors of the cases of the tan 221s are always in
less than stellar condition. The lining material Singer used
on the inside just wasn't the same quality as the lining that was
used on the black Featherweights.
The ultimate Featherweight for the collector and user!
1964 White / Green Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EV926032)
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 sew and built to last!
This Featherweight machine is very pretty, and now fully
serviced and ready to get back to work! It's equipped with the graduated increment needleplate,
making it a cinch to keep seam widths consistent and precise. There
is a nice assortment of Singer accessory feet included in their original box. 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 scrapes
to the outside covering. And a little extra is the classic
Nancy Johnson-Srebro book Featherweight
221 The Perfect Portable, which has a lot of information and
fun facts about these fabulous machines!
Harder to find than the black 221 Featherweights and cute as a button!
SALE $995 CDR-WFW
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.
Sorry, none available
at this time.............
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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