When was a Singer Model 221 made?


1933: On October 3, 1933, Singer commissioned the first batch of 10,000 model 221 sewing machines, marketing them as the Singer Featherweight.

What is the difference between Singer 221 and 221K?

Differences between US made 221’s and UK made 221K’s were minimial. Early US 221’s used a chrome rimmed balance wheel, whilst UK made 221K’s and 222K’s used plain black painted wheels. US models used round pin electrical connections whilst UK models us a similar plug and socket but with flat pins.

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

The width of the machine area under the presser bar lifter varies slightly on a 221 compared to a 222. The 221 measures 21/64th inch. The 222 measures 23/64th inch. Even this minute but measurable difference can affect a proper fit for some vintage mechanical attachments.

How much is a Singer Featherweight 221 worth?

In contrast, the average current price for a SINGER® 221 Featherweight is $350.00. The rarer, and even more desirable, SINGER® 222K is currently selling for between $800 and $2000.

What is special about Singer Featherweight?

A Singer Featherweight is limited to the Singer 221 or 222 model classification only and is made of cast aluminum, weighing just over 11 pounds. It also has a quick identifying feature with the sewing surface or bed extension that flips up on the left side (see photo below), allowing it to compactly fit into its case.

Why is featherweight 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 tell if a Singer is a featherweight?

Why are singer featherweights so expensive?

While highly prized by collectors, the Featherweight is not a rare machine: Millions were manufactured and a great many are still in working order. Like many other Singer models, parts are still available and easily replaced.

When did singer stop making featherweights?

to 1968
The Singer Featherweight is a model series of lockstitch domestic sewing machines produced by the Singer Manufacturing Company from 1933 to 1968, significant among sewing machines for their continuing popularity, active use by quilters and high collector’s value.

How much did a Singer Featherweight cost in 1950?

Originally, Featherweights were priced anywhere from $125 – $150 back in the 1930s to 1950s. (in 2016, and with inflation considered, that same dollar amount would be equivalent to about $2000!) That said, the value is mostly subjective with any item, including Featherweights.

When did Singer stop making featherweights?

Why do people like Featherweight sewing machines?

When did they stop making singer featherweights?


Why do quilters love Singer Featherweight?

They produce a perfect straight stitch, are easy to maintain (when you know how), are light weight and very portable. These qualities are what has made them so popular with quilters in recent years. Nova is your trusted source for quality Singer Featherweight Parts and Accessories.