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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Singer 221 Featherweight Review

The Singer 221 Featherweight was made from the mid 1930's until the early 60's. It’s loved for it’s even stitch and portability. Weighing only 11 lbs, it’s perfect for taking on the road.

Very quiet and sturdily made with all-metal parts, mostly aluminum, it has a rotary hook & makes the lockstitch. The Featherweight sews only straight stitches and has a reverse feed. the feed dogs cannot be lowered, which limits this machine on being able to embroider. This machine came with 6 attachments: the adjustable hemmer, the edge-stitcher, the foot hemmer, the multiple-slotted binder, the gatherer, and the ruffler. The bed of the machine has a fold-up extension, making accessibility of the bobbin case easy. This feature is also a plus making it fit snugly in it’s carry case.

In the U.S. the Featherweight came in a standard black model. Great Britain however made a white Featherweight, though they say these white machines are really “mint green”.

The other very much sought-after Featherweight 222K, which is the same as the 221, except for two things: it has a detachable bed extension, turning it into a free arm machine, making it excellent for sewing pant legs and cuffs. The other bonus was that the feed dogs lowered.

These machines were manufactured in Scotland beginning 1954 until 1961. The 222K is likely the most sought after Singer Sewing machine.

These two machines are very much collectible. Both machines can be found on Ebay, but expect to pay for it! Bidding can range from 250.00 & up. Parts are readily available, so even if you find a machine that needs some tlc, restoring it will be easy.

Note: There happens to be an issue with reproduction belts, as they are not completely compatible. If you can find a source for original used belts I highly recommend you get a few. You can read my article on that.

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