How do you tell if a Singer sewing machine is a featherweight?

What should a Singer Featherweight look like?

Good decals, few scratches and paint nicks or chips, shiny chrome parts and a reflective painted surface make a Featherweight more desirable. The better the condition, the greater the demand. As demand increases for these higher quality Featherweights (and the vintage supply decreases) price increases as well.

Is Singer 221 1 a featherweight?

The model that Singer designated as “Featherweight” was the model 221. Technically, the majority of machines are model 221-1 due to a patent update. … The machine is about 15” long by 10” tall including the spool spindle pin. Later models manufactured at the Kilbowie, Scotland plant were shorter in length.

How do I know what model my Singer sewing machine is?

Find Your Model #

For sewing machines manufactured since about 1990, look for the model number on the handwheel side of the machine near the on/off switch or the electric cord receptacle. You will find the model number on the front panel of machines manufactured in the 1970s and 1980s.

What color is the Singer Featherweight?

Singer Featherweight machines were produced in black, beige/tan and white/green (what the company officially called Pale Turquoise). There were no red, blue or any other colour machines although many have been repainted in later life and new decals added.

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What year was the Singer 221 1 made?

The Featherweight Sewing Machine History

It was Oct. 3, 1933, when the company commissioned its new Featherweight sewing machine model. It was called the 221 and 10,000 were ordered for the first run.

What is a featherweight 221?

What is a Singer Featherweight 221? They are portable sewing machines that are marvels of engineering and manufacturing excellence produced by the Singer Sewing Machine Company between 1933 and 1957 in the United States and into the 1970’s in Scotland.

Why are featherweights so popular?

The Featherweight uses the same low-shank feet and accessories as full-size Singer sewing machines. A beautiful straight stitch is one of the Featherweight’s strongest selling points. Due to the mechanical simplicity and high-quality construction and materials, Featherweights are easy to maintain at home.

How do you read a Singer serial number?

Singer serial number decoder

The serial number can be found near the power switch, stamped on a brass plate or on the front panel. It will be in the format of either just numbers or with a letter prefix of one or two characters. If you have a dash in the serial number please include it.