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!
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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
1936 Singer Featherweight 221
TEXAS CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION Sewing Machine (AE081892)
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
1836-1936". Marketed and sold only at the Exposition this
rare 221 variation is arguably the most prized and treasured of all
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!
Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machines
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
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!
1948 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AH565691)
This Featherweight is a terrific mid-price range choice.
Featherweights are notoriously reliable work-horses, and this one
is no exception. It sews beautifully and runs strong. It
serviced up with no issues and is all set to get back to work!
As far as cosmetics, overall the black paint is good and the decorative gold decals are
also good with just a few minor "misses" here and there. The
plated metal parts are nice and bright. In general the machine
is very clean. There are some pin-marks to the clearcoat
finish and a couple of "halos" on the surface from where the rubber
feet of the foot controller rested on the bed over the years that
you see upon close inspection. But overall the
appearance of the machine is very presentable.
The carry case is in excellent condition---very clean, sturdy, and
odor-free. The foot controller is the Singer clamshell-style.
The original Singer 221 Featherweight instruction manual is included
along with a selection of the basic attachments.
Tuned up, tested and guaranteed!
1950 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AJ809104)
What more could you want! This is a fine looking
Featherweight that will be a great "user". It
has 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. You can be confident
in your purchase with my 1-year guarantee.
In terms of cosmetics, the decorative gold decals are near 100%
intact and rich in color, 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
care of and is ready to continue to provide
years of service.
Like all Featherweights, this is the perfect quilter's machine for
piecework, and you'll be proud to show it off. The carry case is clean and sturdy,
noting some minor wear to the interior and exterior covering.
It's complete with the full-width top tray and has a new padded
handle so it's all set tote along with you.
Included with this
Featherweight is an assortment of the original Singer attachment
feet. 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.
All and all a good reliable Singer 221 that's ready for
another lifetime of use!
White and Tan
Singer Featherweight Model 221K Sewing Machines
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
Cute as can be and as nice as they come!
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
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!
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.
As with all Featherweights I sell, my 222s come with my full 1-year
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!
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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