Singer 221 Featherweight Sewing Machine
Larry & Carole Meeker
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Singer Model 221 & 222
Featherweight Sewing Machines

We are the internets most active Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine dealers & we can help you sell your Singer 221 Featherweight.   We have numerous 221's sewing machines listed  for sale on our sales site www.Patented-Antiques.com if you are looking to buy one now.

The Singer "Featherweight" is the most popular sewing machine ever made that is still being widely used!  Produced Singer Featherweight Model 221 from the 1930's through the 1970's these compact and lightweight portable electric sewing machines have become a favorite with today's quilters, crafters, fabric artisans, and vintage / antique sewing machine collectors. If you have ever sewn on one you will understand why! 

As the demand for these machines has grown, so too has the information about the history of the machines that the Singer Sewing Machine Co. called their "Model 221" and "Model 222", and that collectors and users call "The Perfect Portable".

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  • Singer Featherweights were made in the US, the UK, and Canada.

  • The difference between the 221's and the 222's is the "Freearm" feature of the 222's, which allows a portion o Singer 221 Featherweight Sewing Machinef the flat surface to be removed leaving a tubular bed that allows for sewing on pant legs, sleeves, and other circular areas. 

  • Freearm 222 Featherweights typically sell for two to three times more than a typical 221 Featherweight sewing machine.

  • Featherweights came in 3 basic colors with several variations---Black, White, and Tan.

  • Most black models Crinkle Finish 221 Featherweight Sewing Machinehave a shiny finish, however there was also a black matte or crinkle finish model produced for a short period of time, shown on the right, and it is very collectible and commands a premium price. 

  • White models range in color from creamy white to ivory to "celery" or a pale green-white.  Tan models range from creamy beige to light brown.  White and tan models tend to fluctuate in popularity so prices can be up and down, but typically they bring similar prices to comparable condition black Featherweights.

  • Featherweights were never produced in red, blue, purple, raspberry or anything similar.  These color machines and Singer 221 carry case other colors that you periodically see offered up for sale on the Internet are machines that have been powder-coated / re-painted.  They  look slick, and some people like them for their novelty, but they are not original or rare, and they are not something we buy or sell.

  • Singer 221 and 222 sewing machines came in a "leatherette" covered rectangular carry case which make them "the perfect portable". There are reproduction cases being offered for sale now. 

  • The serial number on the bottom of the machine can be used to figure out the approximate production date of the sewing Singer Featherweight 221machine.  You can find dating charts on various internet sites, including Singer's own site.

  • Although the basic design of this sewing machine stayed the same over the years there were several variations in cosmetic appearance.  Earlier machines had what collectors refer to as the Egyptian scrollwork pattern etched on the chrome plated endplate.   Later machines had the striated or striped design faceplate.  The pattern of the gold decal around the perimeter of the bed also went from a more circular scrollwork design to a more geometric linear pattern.

  • I sell most Singer Featherweights in the $350-$700 price range from my sales page at www.Patented-Antiques.com   The exact details of cosmetic condition are critical to the value.  Machines that sew well but show loss to the gold decals, or scratches, or chipped paint sell for less.  Machines that are in pristine condition and that show no wear may sell for upwards of $600 - $700.  It's all in the details of condition, and even minor blemishes makes a huge difference in price.

    Prices at eBay are all over the board, with most selling for 300 or less.  Some bring more,  most less.  At antique shows / flea markets and antique shops we typically see featherweights grossly overpriced for their condition. 


Featherweight Consignment Sales

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As experienced and enthusiastic dealers of Singer Featherweight sewing machines we are always interested in helping you sell your Singer Featherweight machines through the Consignment Program we offer.  Typically for more than you would realize in most other situations.

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Most Featherweight buyers want to buy a machine from someone they trust, someone who has expertise, someone they can talk to before making the purchase, and someone who will stand behind the sale.  Many potential buyers do not like the anonymity of the internet auction venue, and for good reason, and this can hold prices down.

We service every Featherweight we sell and include a 1-year guarantee on every machine.  When you partner up with us you get the benefit of our expertise, our reputation and the benefits of dealing with a real person!

Tan Singer Featheerweight

We have Singer Featherweight sewing machines in a wide range of prices listed for sale at our sister website www.patented-antiques.com  If you are looking to buy or sell one of these sewing machines be sure to visit that site where you will find not only Featherweights but other antique sewing machines, toy sewing machines as well as a host of other patented, mechanical and technology related antiques that we have for sale there.

If you have a good running and good looking Singer Featherweight Model 221 or 222 that you want to sell,  please contact us at LCM@AntiqBuyer.com providing as many details as possible.

To see other examples of Singer Featherweights and other antique sewing machines, including toy sewing machines, that we have available for sale, please go to our sister site at www.Patented-Antiques.com

Thank you!!
Larry & Carole





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