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We Can Help You Sell Your
Singer Featherweight 221 & 222
Sewing Machines

We are the largest and best Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine sales website on the internet! We purchase outright and also sell many Featherweights on consignment for the owners---if your Featherweight is in excellent condition, and especially if it is one of the more unusual variations, we can help you too.

We have been actively Selling Singer Featherweight Model 221 and 222 Portable Electric Sewing Machines
online for over 20 years!

Click here to read some of our testimonials!

We can help you sell your Black, White, or Tan Singer 221 Sewing Machine, your Singer 222 Freearm Sewing Machine, your San Francisco "Golden Gate Exposition" Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machine, Chicago "Century of Progress" Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machine, or the "Texas Centennial" Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machine.  We have sold Blackside and WWII Era Crinkle Finish Featherweight Sewing Machines as well.

If you have a Featherweight you would like to sell please email me at

Important Information:
 About Singer Featherweight Sewing Machines, Their Value, and Selling Yours

If you have a Singer 221 or 222 Featherweight sewing machine to sell here are some points to consider:

What are the benefits of consigning my Featherweight to you? White / Green Singer 221K Sewing Machine

If you have a Featherweight 221 or 222 sewing machine in excellent condition, or a Featherweight that is one of the desirable variations, we can achieve the highest value for your machine, and we make the entire process very easy for you.  After I've evaluated your machine and determined that it's suitable to be sold from our website I will send you instructions for packing and shipping.  Upon receiving your machine I give it a complete  servicing and a thorough cleaning and detailing to prepare it for sale.  My service includes providing the eventual buyer with a 1-year guarantee on the machine.  So it's a win-win-win situation.  The purchaser buys with confidence.  You, the seller, get top value.  I collect my commission from the proceeds of the sale, and I get to sell some of the nicest examples of the finest sewing machines ever made!

What are the benefits of selling my Featherweight outright to you as opposed to consigning?

If you don't want to wait for an eventual sale to the end-buyer it might make sense to sell your machine to me outright.  If your circumstances are such that getting paid quickly is more important to you than holding out for the highest possible price, then an outright sale might be more beneficial.  If your expectations are reasonable I can accommodate you either way.   

How old is my Singer Featherweight sewing machine? Egyptian Scrollplate Singer 221 Sewing Machine

To date your machine look on the bottom to find the serial number.  Every machine has a unique serial number which will begin with two letters followed by six numbers.  Singer kept records for their production runs, and you can go to their website to find out when the serial number for your Featherweight was assigned by matching up the serial number on your machine with the corresponding year on their chart.  People often refer to this as the date the machine was "born", but more accurately it is the date the production run for that series of machines was assigned.  The machines would have come off the production line sometime between that date and the date of the next production series assignment.

Are Featherweights that were manufactured in certain years more desirable than others?

Featherweights were made from the 1930's through the 1960's.  Although the basic design of the machine remained the same throughout the entire period of production there are certain variations that can make a difference in value and / or desirability.  Featherweight buyers are sometimes attracted to a machine that was manufactured in the year that corresponds to the year they were born, or married, etc.  Some seek out Featherweights that were manufactured during the earliest years of production, other want one from the final years.  Many Featherweight buyers become Featherweight collectors and eventually want several of the different variations.

Most Featherweights were painted shiny black, but during the 1960's Singer manufactured Featherweights in beige-y tan and white / pale green colors.  To celebrate their 100 year anniversary Singer branded a relatively small number of machines manufactured during 1950 and 1951 with a special logo to commemorate this, and these Featherweights are referred to as "Centennials".  Any of these variations can make those machines a bit more "collectible" to some buyers.

But by far the most significant variations---the ones that affect the value the most---are what are referred to as the "Expo" models.  This would be those machines associated with the 1934 "Century of Progress / Chicago World's Fair", the 1936 "Texas Centennial", and the 1939 "Golden Gate Exposition".  For each of these events, and on just a very limited number of machines, Singer replaced the regular Singer medallion that is riveted to the front of the arm with a special medallion to commemorate that exposition.

Other important variations that can affect the value of a Featherweight are those machines manufactured in 1939-40 with "crinkle finish" paint (sometimes referred to as "wrinkle" or "Godzilla" finish) and those Featherweights referred to as "Blacksides" which were produced during the years of World War II with anodized black metal parts.

What is the difference between a Model 221 and a Model 222 Featherweight?

Singer Model 222 Freearm FeatherweightSinger Featherweight Model 222 sewing machines, also known as "Freearm" or "Convertible" Singer Featherweights, had a feature that was not found on the Featherweight Model 221 machines.  The Freearm Featherweights were designed with a tubular bed feature that allows a portion of the flat bedplate to be removed to make a narrow neck under the needlebar area so you could sew around sleeve cuffs, pant legs, and other areas with limited access.  The Model 222 Featherweight machines also have a feature that allows you to drop the feed dogs to enable machine darning and embroidery.  There were relatively few Model 222 Featherweights produced compared to the number of Featherweight Model 221 machines, so the Singer 222's generally command considerably higher prices than 221s.

What's my Singer Featherweight sewing machine "worth"?

There is no simple answer to that question!  What most people who ask that question really want to know is, "What will it sell for?"  And that all depends---on whether it's a standard 221 or one of the more unusual variations, but it also depends on who you are selling it to, on where you are selling it, on your reputation as a seller, on how you present the machine, and on how quickly you want it to sell.

Beyond that, the three most important factors that determine how much a vintage / antique Singer 221 or 222 Featherweight sewing machine is "worth" are:

1) Condition 
2) Condition
3) Condition

Singer Featherweight 221 detailHow your Singer 221 or 222 sewing machine looks cosmetically is as important to its resale value as anything else.  Nearly all 221 and 222 Singer Featherweights sew well or, with minor "tune ups", can be adjusted to sew well.  Singer 221and 222 Featherweights are very reliable and very straightforward to maintain.  They are not computerized or complicated.  You can actually work on them.  They were made to last several lifetimes. 

The real indicator of value isn't whether your sewing machine "still sews".  That it sews is almost a given.  It may be a question of how well it sews, or what needs to be "tweeked" or adjusted or cleaned to make it sew better.  But the important question is "How good does it look?"  In my book the phrase "It looks good given its age" doesn't cut it when it comes to Singer Featherweight 221 or 222 sewing machines.  To command top value / top sales price a Singer 221 or 222 sewing machine needs to look great "in spite of" its age.

What do you look for in evaluating a 221 / 222 Featherweight?

If you have a Singer Featherweight 221 or 222 you would like to sell or consign I'm going to ask you to send several pictures to show me the details of its cosmetic condition.  In evaluating your machine I will look at the amount of wear or thinning to the gold decoration, particularly on the front edge at the "fabric path".  I will try to assess the degree of shine, or lack of, to the black paint, and the amount of scratches or "pin marks" on the surface.  I'll look closely to see whether the clearcoat finish is pealing, uneven or blotchy.  The clearer your pictures the more accurate I can be with my evaluation.  I'll also ask you to open the lid and tell me honestly whether the carry case has a musty smell.  All of those factors play into the value and desirability.  

The most typical cosmetic "issue" you see on a Singer Featherweight is wearing away of the gold decal decoration that runs around the perimeter of the flat table portion, particularly in front of and to the left and right of the needlebar area.  This is known as "fabric path" wear and is a result of the fabric running past the front edge of the sewing machine over and over again as it moves along through the needle.  Another common cause of this wear to the gold decoration is from the seamstress repeatedly placing his / her hands in one position on the front edge of the machine, year after year, garment after garment.

Tan / Beige Singer FeatherweightMost people's first impulse is to say that their Singer 221 machine "is in great condition" but what you think is "great" might be what I think is only "fair".  It's like the bad driver analogy---I have never heard anyone describe themselves as a bad driver, but let's face it, there are lots of bad drivers around!  Well there are likewise lots of just so-so looking Singer Featherweights around.  There were over 2 million of them made, and a lot of them got used, and used, and used, so you need to look at yours with a critical eye when describing it to me.  With Featherweights (as with all antiques) it's the little details of condition that make the big differences in value.

Do these cosmetic issues affect the use or function of the machine?  Of course they don't, but they do affect the value to the extent that they may indirectly point to more or less prior use of the machine.  But more importantly they detract from the "collector value", and many Featherweight fanatics buy Singer 221's and 222's as much for their "display" and collector value as for their "user" value.   

My Featherweight case smells awful---is that a deal breaker?

There shouldn't be an offensive odor if the machine and carry case have been stored in a clean dry indoor location.  That dreaded awful smell rears its ugly head when a Featherweight has been stored in a damp location, like a basement, garage, barn, non-climate controlled storage unit, etc.  Depending on the severity the smell can be near impossible to eliminate, and most Featherweight buyers, or at least those that are willing to pay good money for them, find it totally unacceptable.  Because I sell Featherweights online I have to be not just the eyes, but also the nose, of my potential customers.  So in general I steer clear of those that have musty, moldy odors.  Exceptions, of course, are made for those extremely rare variations of the machines as discussed above.

Here's the view of your Featherweight I need to see if you are sending me pictures:  Click on the small picture below to see the size and detail I am looking for. 

The Perfect Portable Singer 221 Sewing Machine

If you plan to consign with me I need to be able to clearly see that gold decal that runs around the base of your machine to assess its condition so I can give you an accurate estimation of what it will sell for from my website.

We can help you sell your Black, White, or Tan Singer 221 Sewing Machine, your Singer 222 Freearm Sewing Machine, your San Francisco Golden Gate Exposition Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machine, Chicago Century of Progress Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machine, or Texas Centennial Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machine.  We have sold Blackside and WWII Era Crinkle Finish Featherweight Sewing Machines as well.

If you have a Featherweight you would like to sell please email me at

Click here to read some of our testimonials!

For more information on the benefits of consigning your Singer Featherweight 221 or 222 sewing machine with us please visit my Singer Featherweight Information Page on our  Past Sales Archive site.

To view examples of vintage Singer Featherweight 221 and 222 sewing machines we have previously sold and are always interested in buying or selling for you on consignment be sure to visit our Featherweight Sewing Machine Past Sales Archive Pages.

To view the Singer Featherweights we are currently offering for sale, please see our Featherweight Sales Page.

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