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What is a featherweight 221?

Last Updated: 10th March, 2020

Nova receives numerous inquiries regarding whether a machine is or is not a “Featherweight”. The model that Singer designated as “Featherweight” was the model 221. 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.

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Thereof, how much is a Singer Featherweight 221 worth?

The 301/301A models are substantially less expensive than either of the Featherweight models, with current prices being $150. 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.

Likewise, what is the difference between a Singer Featherweight 221 and 222? The basic difference between the 221 and the 222 is the free-arm sleeve and the drop feed lever. Both machines are similar and make perfect stitches when set correctly.

Keeping this in consideration, when was the Singer Featherweight 221 made?


What is a featherweight sewing machine?

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.

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How can you tell a Singer Featherweight?

To date your Singer Featherweight, you will need to locate the serial number on the bottom of your machine. It has two letters followed by a series of six numbers. Using the serial number you can use the charts below to find the date when your machine was given a batch assignment at the factory.

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Can a singer featherweight sew leather?

A featherweight is not a wimpy machine, you'll be fine sewing leather if you use leather needles.

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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!)

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Are old Singer sewing machines worth money?

Depending on the model and condition, Singer sewing machine values can vary dramatically from about $50 to upwards of $500. Some of the best sources for finding a vintage Singer machine include the following: Estate sales.

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What year is my Featherweight?

To date your Singer Featherweight, you will need to locate the serial number on the bottom of your machine. It has two letters followed by a series of six numbers. Using the serial number you can use the charts below to find the date when your machine was given a batch assignment at the factory.

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Where can I sell old sewing machines?

The most common places to sell a sewing machine yourself are online sites like eBay and Craigslist. This method will result in the most money for your machine, but it will also require a bit of work on your part.

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How do I date my Singer sewing machine?

To identify when a model was made, you need to first find the Singer sewing machine serial number. The number can be found near the on/off switch on newer machines, and on the front panel or on a small plate on older machines.

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How do I look up a singer serial number?

Step 1: Find the Serial/Model Number
On the throat plate or bed of the machine, up to a series of 8 numbers. On right hand side of the machine, 2 letters, followed by 6 numbers. Underneath the machine, 2 letters followed by 6 numbers. Model number will be on the front or side of your machine.

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Why are singer featherweights so popular?

Benefits of the Singer Featherweight. The Singer Featherweight is admired and sought after for a number of other reasons besides its diminutive size. The Featherweight is splendidly designed and constructed. A half-size machine made from aluminum, it weighs slightly more than 11 pounds.

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What is the best lightweight sewing machine?

The Best Portable Sewing Machines for Every Style & Budget:?
  • Brother CS5055PRW. At only 10.1 lbs and 19.5 x 10.8 x 16 inches, this baby could fit in your favorite crafting bag.
  • EverSewn Maker 200. This machine is the heavyweight on the list coming in just shy of 16 lbs.
  • Janome SE??W MINI.
  • Brother ES2000.
  • Michley LSS-202.

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Which is the best singer sewing machine?

  • SINGER 4423 Heavy Duty Extra-High Sewing Speed Sewing Machine.
  • SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine.
  • SINGER 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine.
  • Singer 3232 Sewing Machine with the Automatic Needle Threader.
  • SINGER 2277 Tradition Sewing Machine with Automatic Needle Threader.

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Where was my singer made?

Singer's most prolific factories were located in Elizabeth, New Jersey (USA), Anderson, South Carolina (USA), Bridgeport, Connecticut (USA), Clydebank, Scotland (Great Britain) and St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec (Canada). The majority of classic Singer machines came from one of these factories.

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Where was my Singer Featherweight made?

Singer Featherweights were manufactured in three different plants: Elizabethport, New Jersey in the USA; Clydebank, Kilbowie, Scotland in Great Britain; and St. John's (actually Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu), Quebec, Canada.

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Where is model number on old Singer sewing machine?

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.

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Where do you oil a Singer sewing machine?

Generally, you will be told to squeeze a few drops of oil on the housing unit that the bobbin case sits in. Most machines want you to oil the shuttle hook (which is the thing that spins inside the bobbin casing). Often you will be told to drop oil inside the hook race and the housing of the sewing machine.

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How old are Singer sewing machines?

About 169 years (1851)

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How do you thread the bottom of a Singer sewing machine?

Raise the needle to its highest position by rotating the hand wheel toward you.
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  3. Pull the thread through the slot (A) and then to the left.

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How do you thread a singer?

To thread a Singer sewing machine, first switch it off, raise the needle, and lift the presser foot. Next, place a full spool onto the pin, thread the end through the guides, and then thread it through the threading canal. Then, insert the thread into the needle eye and pull it through by about 6 inches.