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Antique / Vintage
Singer Featherweight Model
222 Sewing Machines
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
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!
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 & Accessories
Black Singer Featherweight 221
"TEXAS CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION"
Sewing Machine (AE083635)
This Featherweight is straight from the heart of Texas!
Sold only at the 1936 Texas 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, fully-serviced and inspected, cleaned, adjusted, and sew-tested.
With a new belt, new electric wiring for the foot controller, a new
oil drip pad and new rubber feet for the machine and the foot
controller 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
distinctly Art Deco-inspired
As the pictures indicate, it shows just a very minor amount of loss to the gold decal along the front edge, and some light pin-marks to the clearcoat
finish as would be expected of machines from the 1930's. But overall it has great shine and reflection to the finish. 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 the original Singer Featherweight attachments
in the original box included, as well as the original 1935 copyright-dated instruction manual. There is
even a little 6" wooden advertising ruler dating from the period from the 20th Century School of Commerce in Houston!
Featherweight historians estimate there are only a small handful of
these specially marked machines known to exist. An opportunity
that is guaranteed to
make you the envy of all your Featherweight pals!
Singer Featherweight Fashion Aids Accessory
/ Attachment Case
Masters of marketing that they were, the Singer
Manufacturing Co. produced their "Fashion Aids" accessory case as a
handy way to organize and store all the nifty Singer Featherweight
attachments and accessories they hoped to inspire you to purchase!
This one came along with a collection of Singer 221 and 222 machines
that included a fabulous TEXAS CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION 221 that I am also selling.
The case is very handsome in a brown and tan striped pattern, making it resemble a cute little 1930's suitcase! It is complete with the removable
compartmentalized tray with nooks and crannies for all the attachments. The leather handle is missing. Look at all the attachments inside---
it's an amazing assortment that includes some in original boxes, some that are quite scarce, as well as lots of original paperwork and booklets.
It's all very neat and tidy and well-preserved. Ready to use or proudly display!!
Here's a listing of what is included---all are original vintage Singer / Simanco:
- Machine Pinker #121111 with instructions
- Hemstitcher and Picot Edger #121387 in original box with FW throatplate
#121395, thumbscrew, right-angle screwdriver and instructions
- Buttonholer #121795 with coverplate and instructions
- Material Gripper #121318
- Adjustable Zigzagger #121706 with instructions
- Stocking Darner #35776
- Singercraft Guide #120936 with transfers
- Universal Needle Threader and Seam Ripper #121634 with envelope, instructions and extra parts
- Embroidery and Darning Foot #121094
- Amoeba Feed Cover Plate #121309 with screw
- Shirring Plate #121170
- Underbraider #160927
- Quilter / Guide Bar #35932
- Left and Right Cording Feet #125035 and #15429
- Gauge Presser Foot #35135 complete with all 5 gauges
- "Singer Fashion Aids for Smart Finishes" pamphlet
- "Smart Fashion Stitches by Singer" booklet
collectible Featherweight "go-with" as handy and portable as the
machine itself! $995 FA-FW
Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machines
1937 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AE549554)
This early Featherweight will be a great one to use day in
and day out. If you have been looking for a Singer 221
sewing machine from the pre-war era designed with that gorgeous
"Egyptian scrollwork" pattern faceplate, the chrome-rimmed handwheel,
and chrome-plated stitch length regulator backplate at a price that
won't break the budget this one is a great choice!
From a cosmetic standpoint it is missing quite a bit of the gold decal
decoration along the edge of the bed, but still the machine has a pretty
shine to it and it sews like a champ! Completely gone through and
serviced, with a brand new belt and newer wiring and plugs for the foot
controller it runs strong and smooth and sews a lovely stitch. The
carry case is in good shape and includes the full-width top tray.
Included is a nicely reproduced copy of the Singer Featherweight manual,
and several extra bobbins. No attachment included with this one
but I do sell them separately if you want to add any on.
If you have been waiting to find the perfectly priced Featherweight that
is cleaned and serviced, and comes with a full 1-year guarantee, don't
let this one slip away! $495 LCM--37-FW
1955 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL933270)
This is a great looking Featherweight that will be a
wonderful "user". It's nice and clean, and I've given it a thorough
servicing so it's ready to take on your next sewing project. It
produces a lovely straight stitch,
and the motor runs strong.
This 221 has
a very pretty reflection to the black paint finish. The gold
decals for the most part are bold and strong, noting that there is
some minor thinning in one spot along the front edge to the left of the
needlebar area, and then another missing area in the center decal
design. You can see what I'm referring to in the photos I've
provided. There are also some pin-marks
in the clearcoat but they do not detract. Being one of
the "later" model Featherweights this one is outfitted with the handy
feature of the graduated increment stitchplate with markings
delineated to assist in achieving consistent seam width.
Included is an assortment of some basic Featherweight attachment
feet as well as a nicely reproduced copy of the instruction manual. The
carry case is clean, sturdy, and odor-free but by way of a minor "apology"
one of the
latches has been replaced / reattached and the attaching screws are
slightly different from the original as seen on the other. As to
be expected the latches have lost some of their "springy-ness", so sometimes you have to
fiddle a little with them when opening and closing. But once
latched they hold secure and will continue to do the job of protecting
Ready to tote to quilting classes and retreats or to take
along when you travel! $795 LCM--55-FW
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!
Singer Featherweight Card Tables
Original Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine Cardtable
This is the portable sewing machine table that Singer offered
specifically for use with the Featherweight. It's not just a
functional and good-looking folding-leg cardtable---it's a super
handy Featherweight accessory, having a top designed with a
removable insert piece revealing an opening into which the machine
sits, making it flush to the tabletop and providing a nice large,
flat work area. Another ingenious Singer idea, as portable and
versatile as the Featherweight itself. When not in use the
table can be easily folded and stored away, or it can double in use
as an extra table. Like all Singer products from "the day",
these tables were extremely well constructed and durable.
This example is an original Featherweight cardtable, not one of the reproductions that are now
available. It is in excellent 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
has been refinished and waxed. The wood grain is very pretty, it's smooth and ready to use.
This is the "later" style table, probably post-WWII, which Singer referred as the Model 312. The legs
are black painted metal and the trim around the tabletop edge is black painted wood. The insert is held
in place by two tabs that slide into slots on one end a a spring clip on the other. Be sure to look at
all the pictures 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. Very functional as well as a great way to display your favorite machine.
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 email@example.com.
can help you sell your Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine.
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