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Singer Featherweight #221 and #222 Sewing Machines

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1955 Black Singer Featherweight Model 222 Sewing Machine (EK322335)1955 Black Singer Featherweight "Freearm" Model 222 Sewing Machine (EK322335)  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 allows a portion of the flat bedplate to be removed, leaving a tubular-shaped base that allows for sewing around pant legs, sleeves, and other circular areas with 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.  And the stitchplate is marked off in graduated increment lines that function as a seam guide.

There were relatively few 222s produced compared to 221s, and the machines were only produced in Singer's Clydesdale, Scotland factory.  Because many were slated to be sold within Europe most were originally equipped with Singer's 220V motors.  Those that were made for export to the US were either sent to Singer's Canadian factory to be equipped with a Singer 110V motor or were later given full motor conversions for 110V use within the US.

This 222 Featherweight has the original 110V Canadian motor.  It has been extremely well cared for and is really gorgeous!  It serviced up beautifully with no issues.  The stitch is perfect and it's a lot of fun to sew on!  The motor just purrs.  The surface has a beautiful gloss and a shiny reflective finish with minimal pinmarks.  The carry case is in very nice condition and will continue to do it's job to protect the machine and allow for easy transport.  The instruction manual is an original and in very good condition.  There is a nice assortment of original Singer attachment feet and be sure to check out all the pictures to see how cute the original oil can is, with it's offset spout! 

Singer produced  an amazingly reliable and high quality product when they manufactured the Featherweight.  It's such a pleasure to see a machine like this example that was obviously highly regarded by its owner.

Excellent . . . . . SOLD!



1964 White Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EV952583)1964 White Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EV952583)  If you have been waiting to find a pretty little Singer 221K 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 pretty---the metal parts are bright and the paint is clean and crisp looking, a cool greenish-white color that some FW aficionados refer to as "barely celery".  The one cosmetic apology is a rub mark on the backside of the motor.  There is a nice assortment of Singer accessory feet included in their original box.  The original Singer 221 Featherweight instruction manual, with matching pink and green cover, is included as well.  This Featherweight's green and white carry case is in decent condition, noting some expected wear to the inside and outside covering. As with all of the Featherweights we sell this one has been fully serviced and it sews just as nice as it looks!  It runs strong and produces that lovely straight Featherweight stitch.  Guaranteed to please! 


Excellent . . . . . SOLD!



Original Singer Featherweight Card TableOriginal Singer Featherweight Sewing / Card Table   I seem to get these tables in batches, or not at all.  They generally sell quickly and it had been a while since I had any to offer.  This is the portable sewing machine table that Singer manufactured specifically for use with the Featherweight.  It's not just a functional and good-looking folding-leg cardtable.  It's a super functional 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 easily be folded and stored away, or it can double in use as an extra table.  Like all Singer products from "back when", these tables were extremely well constructed and durable. 

This example is an original Singer Featherweight cardtable, not one of the reproductions that are 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 was refinished at some point in the past.  The wood grain is very pretty, it's smooth and ready for use.  Included is a vintage owner-made fitted and protective vinyl tablecover!

This is the "later" style table, probably post-WWII, which Singer referred to 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 and 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!


Excellent . . . . .SOLD!



1936 Texas Centennial Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing MachineVery Rare 1936 "TEXAS CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION" Model 221 Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine (AE215796)  Featherweight historians estimate that there are only a very small number of these specially marked model 221s, introduced at the 1936 exposition that celebrated the Texas Centennial, that are known to exist.  To give you a sense of their scarcity this is only the second of these historically significant Featherweight sewing machines that I have ever offeredTexas Centennial Featherweight badge in 20 or so years of selling hundreds of 221 and 222 machines.  Eager to show off their products, and masters of marketing that they were, the Singer Manufacturing Co. took the opportunity offered by the fair that commemorated the 100 year anniversary of Texas independence from Mexico to produce a Featherweight with a special red-rimmed medallion that read "Texas Centennial  1836-1936".  This machine has been completely serviced, cleaned and adjusted---ready to use if you wish, and certainly ready to display.  There is a bit of expected wear to the gold decal along the front edge, but overall it is bright and shiny and extremely attractive.  It is complete with its original carry case and attachments.  These machines are highly sought after---guaranteed to make you the envy of all your Featherweight pals!  

Excellent . . . . . SOLD!



1951-52 Centennial Model Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing MachineSuper Condition 1951-52 100 Year Anniversary "Centennial" Model Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine This Sewing Machine is guaranteed to take your breath away!  It is in the kind of condition that is often sought after but rarely found.  It is the Centennial Model Featherweight, commemorating Singer's "Century of Sewing Service" and it is marked with Singer's oval-shaped gold with blue outline commemorative plaque bearing the dates 1851-1951.  This machine was well taken care of.  The black paint is shiny, the gold decals are bright, and there is no evidence of the "fabric wear path" on the bed that so many of the Featherweights exhibit.  There are no wear marks or scratches to the paint, only some minor surface "pin marks" in the clearcoat finish  that you see when it is held up to the light.  The machine has been oiled and lubricated in the appropriate places and is ready to display or to sew with. It stitches a beautiful stitch and the motor runs strong and quiet.  The case for this Featherweight is in excellent condition both inside and out and it is evident it was stored in a nice dry environment.  This machine comes with the original instruction booklet which shows just slight wear to the cover.  The little Singer oil can is included as well as quite a few of the attachments in the accessory box.  This machine came with a Singer buttonholer and 9 templates, and that will all be included as well.  This machine is a beauty---one of those that just does not come along very often.

Excellent . . . . . SOLD!



1960 Singer Featherweight 222 Freearm Sewing Machine1960 Singer Featherweight 222 Free Arm Sewing Machine (ER317216)     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 allows a portion of the flat bedplate to be removed, leaving a tubular shaped base that allows for sewing around pant legs, sleeves, and other circular areas with "limited access".  The model 222 Featherweight machines also have a feature that allows you to drop the feed dogs to enable freehand machine darning and embroidery. 

There were relatively few 222s produced compared to 221s, and they were only produced in Singer's Clydesdale, Scotland factory.  Those made to be used in Europe were equipped with 220V motors.  Those that were made for export to the US, like this one, were equipped with a Singer factory 110V motor that requires no voltage conversion. 

This 222 Featherweight is a beauty!  It has been fully serviced and is all set to get back to work.  It sews a lovely stitch, and it runs very smooth and strong.  It is in excellent shape both mechanically and electrically.  It has been well- maintained and shows just the gentlest of use by a meticulous owner  And now it's all set to service another generation of seamstresses. 

From a cosmetic point you'll be proud to show this one off!  This 222 was manufactured during one of Singer's last Featherweight production runs, proudly marked with the distinctive "Red S" badge.  It's extremely glossy and bright,  with very minimal wear to the gold decals.  The pin marks to the finish are minimal.  The carry case is clean and sturdy and shows just minimal wear.  The original Singer 222 instruction manual is included.  Best of all there are a host of original Singer attachments, including the Singer embroidery hoop and the darning foot.  Both of these attachments are very hard to find and a real bonus!  A terrific buy at this price---and guaranteed to please!

Excellent . . . . .SOLD!



Super Rare 1940 Crinkle Finish Black Singer 221 Featherweight Sewing Machine (AF588937)Super Rare 1940 "Crinkle Finish" Black Singer 221 Featherweight Sewing Machine (AF588937)   Also known as the "wrinkle" or "godzilla" finish, this textured matte finish Featherweight is a truly rare and unusual variation of the standard Singer 221.  Though it still remains something of a mystery what is known is that crinkle finish Featherweights were only manufactured during two limited production runs---in 1939 and 1940.  The serial number of this machine was assigned on August 15, 1940. 

A noteworthy feature of the Crinkle FW is the 3 parallel lines milled along the front and back edges of the base, in place of the gold decal decoration that was used on the shiny black models.  Additionally the faceplate of this machine has the matching parallel line design.

Why did Singer produce Featherweights with this textured matte finish rather than the familiar shiny black japanned finish?  It has been speculated that the unusual finish was somehow related to the war effort, perhaps the non-glare surface done to meet military specifications.  In any case, these machines are extremely rare, and only very occasionally come to market.  This example has been in a collection for a number of years, a collection that included the Texas Centennial above, as well as several other very hard-to-find Featherweight variations.

This Featherweight is in excellent condition, noting a bit of cosmetic wear to the finish along the fabric path.  It's complete with original attachments and instruction manual.  The carry case is clean and fresh, has the original top tray, and in good shape with a new handle.  The only apology is some brittleness / wear to the leatherette covering where the handle attaches.

As with all Featherweights I sell I have fully serviced this machine and it carries my 1-year guarantee.  It runs beautifully and it sews perfectly.  Collectible for sure---but absolutely meant to be used!

Excellent . . . . .     SOLD!



1938 Black Singer Featherweight 221 SAN FRANCISCO GOLDEN GATE EXPOSITION Sewing Machine (AF070713)1938 Black Singer Featherweight 221 SAN FRANCISCO GOLDEN GATE EXPOSITION Sewing Machine (AF070713)   Not just a sewing machine, but historically significant Americana!  It's interesting to view the production of the Singer Featherweight within its historical context.  In 1939 and 1940, as the US was just coming out of the Great Depression, the city of San Francisco hosted an international exposition to celebrate and showcase her two recently built bridges---The Golden Gate and the Oakland-San Francisco Bay.  The venue was Treasure Island, an entirely human-made land mass, construction of which was an engineering feat of staggering proportion.

The Singer Manufacturing Co. knew well how to take advantage of the marketing opportunities afforded by the celebration of American technological achievements and the Expo's theme of advancements in industry.  To show off what was quickly becoming one of their most successful products Singer produced a 221 sewing machine bearing a special blue-banded badge that read "Golden Gate Exposition San Francisco 1939", a machine that Singer Featherweight San Francisco Expo Sewing Machine was marketed and sold only at the Exposition.

The first of these specially badged SF Expo Featherweights were assigned serial numbers on Oct. 10, 1938.  That production run began with serial number AF070706, making this Featherweight, with serial number AF070713, one of the very first to come off the line!

As with all of the Featherweights we sell this one has been completely serviced and is ready to sew on.  It performs beautifully, and it's quite outstanding in regards to condition and completeness.  What is most amazing and exciting is everything that is included with it---be sure to look at all the pictures.

The Singer Fashion Aids case looks like a child's suitcase with interior compartments for all of Singer's specialty attachments for their Featherweight.  What a goodie bag it is!

Here's what's included: Pinking Attachment (in the box, with instructions), early style buttonholer (and chisel cutter with two blades, with instructions), gauge presser foot, blind stitch braider, adjustable zigzag attachment (with instructions), seam ripper and needle threader (in original envelope with extra parts and instructions), "third hand" material gripper (with instructions), hemstitcher and picot edger with 221 cover plate (with instructions), Singercraft Guide (with extensions and instructions), as well as the standard attachments including ruffler, gatherer, foot hemmer, adjustable hemmer, quilter, edge stitcher, tucker, left and right cording, seam guide, and two screwdrivers.  You also get the original oil can, original Singer manual, and the Singer Sewing Skills reference book.

To sum it up---extremely scarce, and exceptionally nice!

Excellent . . . . . SOLD!



1947 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AH123185)1947 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AH123185)   This Featherweight is a good choice if you are looking for a 221 with that lovely Egyptian Scroll faceplate, but want to stay within a budget.  This is a pretty machine with decent shine to the surface and just very minor loss to the gold decal.  The pinmarks are minimal, however there are some zigzag-shaped scratches in the clearcoat finish in one corner of the bed..  The motor runs strong and quiet, and it produces a beautifully straight stitch.  It is all tested and tuned up, and ready to go back to use for another lifetime. The carry case is in very nice condition and includes the proper top tray.  One rear hinge of the case was replaced with an original hinge, and while the metal rivets are a slightly different tone it's as good as new once again.  The original Singer 221 instruction manual is included, as well as a full assortment of original Singer attachments.  A great choice!  You will love the way it sews and you'll be proud to show it off!

Excellent . . . . . SOLD!



1955 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AM152141)1955 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AM152141)   A fabulous 50's Featherweight, and at 62 years young she's not even thinking about retiring!  When Singer built the 221, they sure knew how to do it right.  With simple maintenance and care these machines truly do work forever.

This machine is very clean and tidy.  It shows just gentle signs of use and careful, proper storage.  There's some light scratches / pin-marks in the clear coat finish as would be expected, and the gold decals are near 98% perfect.  Overall it's a beauty!

Looks aren't everything so of course this machine sews just as nice as it looks!  It's completely serviced and adjusted, so you can be confident you'll enjoy many years of trouble-free sewing.  It's equipped with the graduated seam width stitchplate.  It comes complete with the original Singer instruction manual and a nice assortment of Singer accessory feet, as well as a collectible little Singer oil can.  The carry case is in very nice clean and tidy condition as well.  You won't be disappointed!

Ready to serve and be cared for by the next generation!

Excellent . . . . . SOLD!




1941 Black Singer Featherweight BLACKSIDE 221 Sewing Machine (AG017397)1941 Black Singer Featherweight BLACKSIDE 221 Sewing Machine (AG017397)   Blacksides are an obscure variation of a 221 Featherweight, produced for just a limited time in the 1940's.  During WWII certain metals were in short supply, and the government restricted the use of these metals in all non-war related manufacturing.  The restricted metals that most affected Singer were nickel and chromium, which they used as plating for the un-painted metal parts of the Featherweight.  In order to deal with the chromium restriction and continue production, for a limited number of FWs made during that time period, Singer used a chemical process referred to as "black oxide" (hence "Blackside"), which produced a dark finish on the bare metal parts they had previously (and would subsequently once the war had ended) chrome-plated.  Blackside machines were only produced as part of two production runs---July 1, 1941 and Sept. 19, 1945.  Not every FW produced during these two runs were Blacksides, and even on the Blackside machines a few of the parts are still chrome-plated.  Singer apparently had a limited supply of previously manufactured parts they were able to use--- the restriction applied only to manufacturing new parts, not using existing ones.  

The serial number of this Featherweight is AG017397, which dates it from the July 1, 1941 production run. Note the prominant blackside features---the black oxide scroll-design faceplate, presser bar lifter, and stitch length indicator plate, as well as some of the other screws, fittings, and accessories. 

Blackside Singer Featherweight Sewing MachineThe machine has been fully serviced and sews beautifully.  There is moderate wear to the gold decal along the perimeter.  The original Singer manual and even the oil can are included, as well as the blackside attachments in the original box.  The carry case is in excellent condition.

The differences between the Blackside finish of this Featherweight and nickel chromium finish of the regular Featherweights seem really subtle at first, but after you become aware then the differences become really apparent.  Overall, and mainly because of that gorgeous Egyptian scroll plate design in the black oxide finish, these Blackside machnes have a very elegant look in much the same way as black pearls do compared to white ones.  And they truly are hard to find--- I've literally sold hundreds of regular 221s of all vintages over the past 20 or so years, and probably 15 to 20 222s during the same time period, but this is the one and only Blackside I have ever had available to offer.


Very Good . . . . . SOLD!




White 
	Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing MachineWhite Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EV953561) Here is a white Featherweight that displays as well as it sews!  It is in excellent working condition and immaculate in appearance.  The Singer logo on the front of the machine is 100%, and the finish on the machine itself shows only light use.  The original carrying case is very good, showing just very minor wear here and there.  Included are the original instruction booklet, a few accessories and the matching oil can.  If you are a FW Fanatic and want a 221K that you will be as proud to show off as you are to use, this is the one for you!

Excellent . . . . . SOLD!





 
	Singer Featherweight 301 Sewing MachineSinger 301 Sewing Machine with Blonde Folding Card Table with Insert   If you are looking for a sewing machine that is collectible as well as being a great working machine, this vintage Singer 301 is a great choice!  A cousin to the Featherweight, the 301 could well be called the other "Perfect Portable".  This example is the tan model, labeled by Singer as the 301A, and so marked on the front plaque.  It has the matching tan foot petal and comes with several accessories, the instruction booklet (missing the cover), and a Singer dressmaker booklet as shown.  The machine runs well, the motor is strong---it has been cleaned and oiled and is ready to go.  As you can see from the pictures there is some spotted discoloration to the finish of the machine, mainly on the base.  I am at a loss to explain the spots as there is no rust, or peeling or bubbling paint, or any indication of a moisture problem.  The case is sturdy but shows typical cosmetic wear.  To go along with this sewing machine we are offering the very hard-to-find blonde folding 301 sewing machine cardtable.  With its proper insert that pops out to accommodate the machine so that it sits flush within the table, this matching and original sewing table is both collectible and handy to use.  The card table is sturdy and could detail up a notch or two with a little cleaning and sprucing up.

Good. . . . . SOLD!



1938 Black Singer Featherweight 221 "SAN FRANCISCO GOLDEN GATE EXPOSITION" Sewing Machine (AE987553) 1938 Black Singer Featherweight 221 "SAN FRANCISCO GOLDEN GATE EXPOSITION" Sewing Machine (AE987553) 1938 Black Singer Featherweight 221 "SAN FRANCISCO GOLDEN GATE EXPOSITION" Sewing Machine (AE987553) with Fashion Aids Case    Not just a sewing machine, but a piece of historically significant Americana!  It's interesting to view the production of the Singer Featherweight within its historical context.  In 1939 and 1940, as the US was just coming out of the Great Depression, the city of San Francisco hosted an international exposition to celebrate and showcase her two recently built bridges---The Golden Gate and the Oakland-San Francisco Bay. The venue was Treasure Island, an entirely human-made land mass, construction of which was an engineering feat of staggering proportion.

The Singer Manufacturing Co. knew well how to take advantage of the marketing opportunities afforded by the celebration of American technological achievements and the Expo's theme of advancements in industry.  To show off what was quickly becoming one of their most successful products Singer produced a 221 sewing machine bearing a special blue-banded badge that read "Golden Gate Exposition San Francisco 1939", a machine that was marketed and sold only at the Exposition.

This specially badged SF Expo Featherweight was assigned its serial number on May 24, 1938.  It must have been with great excitement and anticipation that these special Singer medallions were applied to this elite corps of machines!   

This machine is in excellent working condition.  As with all of the Featherweights we sell this one has been completely serviced and cleaned, and is ready to sew on. It performs beautifully and sews that lovely Featherweight stitch!  It is also above average in regards to cosmetic condition.  Oftentimes Featherweights from the 1930s show a lot more use.  But this one must have been a bit more cherished than most, because it is still very shiny, and the gold decals show very little wear.  There are some light scratches to the finish, particularly on the left-hand side of the bed.

What is most amazing and exciting is the Fashion Aids case that is included with this machine---be sure to look at all the pictures.

The Singer Fashion Aids case looks like a child's suitcase with interior compartments for all of Singer's specialty attachments for their Featherweight. What a goodie bag it is! Here's what's included: Pinking Attachment (in the box, with instructions, complete with both the pinking and straight cut wheels), early style buttonholer (with instructions), blind stitcher (with instructions), adjustable zigzag attachment (in box, with instructions), seam ripper and needle threader (in original envelope, with extra parts and instructions), "third hand" material gripper (with instructions), hemstitcher and picot edger with special 221 cover plate (with instructions), and Singercraft Guide (with extensions, and instructions).

Of course all the standard or basic Featherweight attachments are included as well: those are the ruffler, gatherer / shirrer, narrow rolled hemmer, adjustable hemmer, quilter, edge stitcher, tucker, left and right cording, bias binder, zipper foot, seam guide, and two screwdrivers. You also get the original oil can, the key to the carry case, and the original Singer manual..

To sum it up---extremely scarce, and exceptionally nice!

Excellent . . . . . SOLD!




Tan Singer Featherweight Sewing MachineRare Tan Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine  You most often see them in black. You occasionally see them in white. But this one is the very-seldom-seen Made in Canada Model 221J Tan Singer 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 is JE157481. This machine was well taken care of and appears to have seen little use. The paint is near 100% and there are no major scratches through the finish. Unlike the paper stick-on Singer logo tags that were used on the white FW's, these tan models have a metal Singer trademark tag. The foot pedal and the cord are nice with no cracks and no deterioration. The motor clearly says it is set up for 110-120V, and it runs like a champ. The machine has been cleaned and oiled and is ready to sew.  The original 8 1/2" x 11"  instruction manual that came with this machine is present.  The matching case for this machine is sturdy and in good overall condition with minor edge scuffs and  a few wear spots on the exterior.  The hinges, latches and handle are in good shape and the case does not have that musty smell that so many of these Featherweights seem to suffer from.  The previous owner of this machine was so proud of it that she marked it with her name on the outside of the top, and when it was handed down to the next owner (presumably her daughter), she too marked it with her name, this time on the interior of the lid.  I have removed most of the name markings and what does remain of the lettering does not detract---in fact you could say it is a document of the machine's pedigree.  This hard-to-find Featherweight variation would make a wonderful gift for your wife, you daughter, your granddaughter, or even better for yourself, as the interest in these rare machines spans generations.  Due to their scarcity relative to the black models, these tan variation machines deserve a prominent position spot in any Featherweight collection, and this machine is sure to be a hit whether you use it or display it.

Excellent . . . . .  SOLD!




1933 Black Singer Featherweight 221 "CHICAGO CENTURY OF PROGRESS" Sewing Machine (AD545373)1933 Black Singer Featherweight 221 "CHICAGO CENTURY OF PROGRESS" Sewing Machine (AD545373)  The Century of Progress International Exhibition was conceived to celebrate Chicago's centennial.  It was intended not only to commemorate that city's past and look back at the tremendous advances that were made over the last century, but perhaps even more importantly to serve as a source of inspiration and optimism for the future of the city and our country in the midst of the Great Depression.  The theme was technological innovation, and despite being a time of economic hardship and crisis the exposition defied all odds and was a huge success, attracting over 48 million visitors in the two years that it ran, and being the first time in American history that a fair had paid for itself.

The very first production run of Singer model 221 sewing machines was designated on October 3, 1933 and assigned serial numbers AD541546 through AD551545.  Introducing a completely new design idea for the first sewing machine that was truly lightweight and portable, and carrying a retail price of $125 during this down economic market, was a bold move for Singer.  But they felt they had a great idea, and they were right!  This new line of sewing machines was to make its debut at the Century of Progress Expo, but only a very small number of the machines from that production run were branded with the special Singer medallion with the words "Century of Progress" and "Chicago 1934" within a dark red band that surrounds the gold Singer trademark logo.

It is not known exactly how many of these machines were given that special designation, but a collector database puts the number of known "surviving" Chicago Expo machines at just under 12. I am very pleased and excited to be able to offer an outstanding example of this extremely scarce machine!  This 83-year-young Featherweight is all original and a testament to the legendary Singer quality.  It is in lovely cosmetic and outstanding mechanical condition.  It sports all the early 221 features---the Egyptian scroll design faceplate, chrome edged handwheel and stitch length indicator backplate, non-numbered tension adjuster, and front-mounted bobbin winder tension.  Typically Featherweights from the 1930's show significantly more use than this one exhibits, and I would suspect the original owner of this machine 1933 Black Singer Featherweight 221 "CHICAGO CENTURY OF PROGRESS" Sewing Machine (AD545373)knew she had something special and did the utmost to take good care.  We don't know the entire pedigree of this machine, but what we do know is that at some point in time it was purchased by my consignor's step-mother, who lived in Chicago, who passed it down upon her death.

As with them all, I've put this machine through my thorough servicing and inspection, and have complete confidence in its ability to perform and dazzle, and to be the highlight of any Featherweight collection.  There is negligible loss to the gold decals, and the black paint is bright and shiny with just minor pin-marks to the clearcoat finish. There is brand new wiring for the foot controller.  The instruction manual is original.  There are a host of original attachments in their original box and as a bonus a hard-to-find Featherweight hemstitcher and picot edger attachment is also included.  The carry case is in decent shape, clean and sturdy but with expected wear to the outside covering, and has a new handle.  The little Singer oil can is another nice touch!

To put the rarity of this machine in perspective, in the 20 or so years I've been selling Featherweights I have been fortunate enough to have sold several rare variations---three San Francisco / Golden Gate Expo Featherweights, two Texas Centennial Featherweights, and two Crinkle-Finish Featherweights.  But this is the only Chicago Century of Progress Featherweight I have ever offered, and also in checking my database of past sales I see it is the earliest serial number Featherweight I have ever offered.  To sum it up---an extremely rare machine in uncommonly fine condition!


Excellent . . . . .  SOLD!



1934 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AD784100)1934 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AD784100)
 This is one of the earliest Featherweights I have ever offered for sale!  The serial number on this example indicates it was manufactured in 1934---just the second year of Featherweight production.  A little Featherweight background:  the very first Singer Featherweight sewing machines were manufactured  in 1933, just in time for their grand debut at the '33 Chicago World's Fair.  Although these were Depression days, and very few people were splurging for anything "new", the public response to the Featherweight was overwhelmingly positive, and demand soared.  Singer went on to manufacture literally millions of these machines over the next 30-some years.  But there are relatively few to be found from these early years, and fewer still that are in the kind of close-to-pristine condition of this 1934 example.

Being one of the earliest models this Singer 221 has the first model foot pedal, the un-numbered thread tension dial, and the front mounted bobbin winder.  Of course it also has the beautiful fancy Egyptian scroll design faceplate, the chrome-rimmed handwheel, and the chrome stitch length regulator backplate.

This machine was meticulously cared for and stored.  Everything about it is just as nice as can be.  It is extremely clean and the surface shows a beautiful glossy reflection.  It's serviced, adjusted, and ready to go!  It sews beautifully!  The carry case is in excellent condition and has a new handle.  There are numerous original attachment feet included, as well as the collectible little Singer oil can.  In addition to the original instruction manual (which has a loose cover) I am including a nicely reproduced copy so the original one can be preserved. 
Highly recommend!

Excellent . . . . .SOLD!



Singer Featherweight Card TableOriginal Singer Featherweight Card Table  This is the portable sewing machine table that Singer manufactured specifically for the Featherweight.  At first glance it looks just like any other good looking folding-leg card table.  But the top was made with an insert piece that removes to reveal an opening into which the Featherweight sets.  It was another ingenious idea that the Singer Manufacturing Co. came up with and was as portable and as versatile as the 211 Sewing Machine itself.  When not in use, the table could easily be stored away, or it could double in use as a table for card playing, dining, etc.  This example is in very good condition, complete with the insert.  It is very sturdy and shows only minor wear.  Very functional and a great way to display your favorite machine!

Excellent . . . . .SOLD!



1948 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AH575540)1948 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AH575540) This Featherweight is a beauty!  It's a pleasure both to sew on and to look at.  The motor runs strong and quiet, and it produces a beautifully straight stitch.  It is all tested and tuned up, and ready to go back to use for another lifetime.  It is very bright and shiny with a deep black finish that is highly reflective.  The gold decal that runs around the perimeter is near 100% intact with just one tiny area of minor wear.  The pinmarks to the clearcoat finish are minimal. 

The previous owner was quite meticulous, not only in the way the machine was cared for but also as you can see by the condition of the carry case---typically these early cases with the leather handles show much more wear and tear.  This one is remarkably nice and includes the proper top tray.  The original Singer 221 instruction manual is included, as well as a full assortment of original Singer attachments.  A great choice!  You will love the way it sews and you'll be proud to show it off!


Excellent . . . . . SOLD!



1936 Black Singer Featherweight 221 TEXAS CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION Sewing Machine (AE086014)1936 Black Singer Featherweight 221 TEXAS CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION Sewing Machine (AE086014)   I'm extremely excited to be able to offer for sale this exceptionally rare and special Singer Featherweight 221!  First, a little history to help put the scarcity of this machine into perspective.  In 1936 Texas commemorated and celebrated the state's 100th anniversary of independence from Mexico, going all out to produce a gala World's Fair-type Exposition.  It was an incredibly bold and daring undertaking, given that the country was still in the midst of the Great Depression, and Texas in particular was so hard hit by, and still reeling from, the ravages of the Dust Bowl.

We all know they do things in a big way in Texas, and the gamble paid off!  Despite the odds that could have worked against success the event attracted millions of visitors and gave a huge boost to the Texas economy.  Manufacturers were eager to display their products and reinvigorate their sales, and produced specially-designated versions of their goods to show off to the public.  Never to be outdone by the competition the Singer Manufacturing Co. seized the opportunity and produced a 221 sewing machine bearing a special red-banded badge that read "Texas Centennial Exposition 1836-1936", a machine that was marketed and sold only at the Exposition.

There were relatively few of these Featherweights produced, and fewer still known to exist.  This example is all original.  1936 Black Singer Featherweight 221 TEXAS CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION Sewing Machine (AE086014) It's very clean and bright.  As the pictures indicate, it does show a fair amount of loss to the gold decal along the front edge.  Still, it is so very classy looking!  Dating from the 30's it features the Egyptian scrollwork design on the chrome faceplate.  The handwheel is chrome-rimmed.  The backplate for the stitch length regulator is chrome.  The needle thread tension device is un-numbered.  The bobbin winding tension mechanism is front-mounted.  The foot pedal has the distinctly Deco-inspired air vents.

As with all of the Featherweights we sell this one has been completely serviced and is ready to sew on.  It is complete with the accessory feet shown as well as the Singer Featherweight manual.  The carry case is in very nice clean, sturdy condition, complete with it's top tray, and will continue to do its job to protect the machine.  It has a new leather handle so there's no reason not to take it along to the next quilt festival to show it off!  They don't come along very often---highly recommend!

Excellent . . . . . SOLD!



1938 Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine with Original FW Card Table PLUS 
	Special Accessory CaseSuper 1938 Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine with Original FW Card Table PLUS Special Accessory Case  This example truly deserves the name "The Perfect Portable"!  If you have been waiting for that special example, this may just be it.  This 1938 (serial number AF085194) Singer sewing machine model 221 is an absolute beauty.  It has been extremely well cared for over the past 60-plus years and was purchased from the original owner complete with its card table and with the most complete set of accessories I have ever seen.  The machine itself has been cleaned and oiled and is ready to continue with many more years of service.  There are just a few very minor pin marks on the bed, and just the very slightest evidence of wear to the gold design.  It features the early scrollwork faceplate. The carrying case is in very good condition with just minimal scuffing on the edges and to the leather handle, and a bit of fray to the edges of the fabric covering on the bottom.  It is not musty or the least bit odoriferous.  The top tray is loaded with the typical accessories which I have pictured, and the original instruction booklet is very nice, although the cover has become separated at the spine.  The Featherweight card table that came with this machine is the model that is trimmed in brown paint and with steel legs.  It is in very sturdy condition and the good news is that the insert is present.  The only apology is that one of the two cross brackets that support the bottom of machine is missing, along with the two retaining bolts.  The face of the table has a very minor amount of scuffing which would detail up a bit with some polish, but I will leave this to the discretion of the new owner.  The best part of all is the absolutely fabulous accessory case that is part of this special package.  Covered with the same black "leatherette" fabric as the sewing machine case, this fitted, compartmentalized accessory case is filled to the brim with all of those hard-to-find Singer goodies that avid quilters and seamstresses could spend a lifetime trying to find one by one.  These include the hand-operated pinking machine with clamp, instructions and an extra wheel, the buttonholer with instructions, the hemstitcher and picot edger with special throat plate and instructions, the zigzag attachment with instructions, the seam ripper and needle threader in envelope with instructions, the Simanco clamp-on material gripper and more, all pictured.  The handle of this accessory case needs to be re-stitched but the case itself is excellent.  And for a little more icing on the cake, the original cardboard boxes for 5 of these accessories were also lovingly saved and are included!  This is truly an exceptional set, perfect for the Featherweight Fanatic who wants something out of the ordinary.  They certainly don't come around like this very often!

Excellent . . . . .SOLD!



Singer Featherweight 222K FreeArm Sewing Machine1961 Singer Featherweight 222K "Red S" FreeArm Sewing Machine (ES356359)    This Featherweight 222 was manufactured during one of the last production runs.  And proudly marked with the distinctive "Red S" badge!  The owner was meticulous and the machine shows nothing but the gentlest of use.  Includes the manual, standard accessories plus 222 darning foot, and the original little red plastic pouch!


Excellent . . . . .SOLD!









1955 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine1955 Black Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine (AL939522)    This Featherweight is in fabulous condition!  One of the "later" models, it has what collectors refer to as the "paperclip" design gold decal around the perimeter, and it is 99.9% intact, and the graduated stitchplate, making it a cinch to keep your seams nice and straight.  The black paint is very glossy and bright, the metal work is shiny and clean.  The machine sews a beautiful stitch so you will love to sew on it as much as you'll love showing it off.  The carry case is in excellent condition as well.  Included are a host of original accessories including a feedcover plate, and even the Singer buttonholer is included.  This machine has spent its life in the nice dry California climate.  Guaranteed to please!

Excellent. . . . . SOLD!




1968 White Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EW067745)1968 White Singer Featherweight 221K Sewing Machine (EW067745)    If you have been waiting to find a squeaky clean Singer 221K this is it!  This machine is in "show-it-off" condition.  The cool white color is what some Featherweight aficionados refer to as "mint green" or "barely celery".  For today's Featherweight users and collectors these white 221K machines represent the end of an era.  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 strikingly beautiful---the metal parts are bright and the paint is very clean and crisp looking.  There are a number of original accessory feet included, all in the crisp pink and green Singer box.  The original Singer 221 Featherweight instruction manual, with matching pink and green cover, is in such nice condition it looks like it was barely ever used!  This Featherweight's green and white carry case is also in very nice condition, noting a bit of mild staining on the lower front edge of the outside covering.  As with all of the Featherweights we sell this one has been fully serviced and it sews just as nice as it looks!  It runs strong and produces that lovely straight Featherweight stitch.  Guaranteed to please!

Excellent . . . . . SOLD!



Singer Featherweight Model 68 Wooden CabinetSinger Featherweight Model 68 Wooden Cabinet    Rare, rare, rare!  There is no other way to describe it.  This wooden cabinet was a genuine Singer product that they made and marketed for just a very short period of time.  Designed in Early American styling with a removable oval top and two swing-out front doors, it houses a compartment to store the machine when not in use and functions as a stand for the Featherweight during operation.  A very clever (and slightly tricky to use) "dumb waiter-style" hardware assembly, marked with the Singer trademark, allows the machine to lift up into place for use, then slide back down into the cabinet for storage.  Very few examples of these cabinets are seen, and rarely are they offered for sale.  This example has been refinished---the owner told me he had no choice as it was painted with black and white polka dots when he acquired it!  But it is 100% original and ready to show off and use.  The ultimate Featherweight accessory!      

Excellent . . . . . SOLD!





Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine Carry CaseOriginal Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine Carry Case Original carrying cases for Singer Featherweight Model 221 sewing machines are very difficult to find, especially in excellent condition.  If you look around on the internet you will see that there are "Made in China" reproduction cases available, but there is no comparison between the quality (or lack of) of those new imported cases and the quality of an original one made by Singer.  The original Singer case is a much more precise fit to the sewing machine and it's accessories, and will serve to protect it for years to come.  This case is in excellent condition, including the latches, hinges and handle.  The case is made of wood with a sturdy leatherette covering inside and out.  It has the proper bracket to hold the footpedal in the lid, as well as the metal compartment on the side to hold the accessories and the clip to hold the oil can.

Excellent . . . . . SOLD!



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