Featherweight. I heard this term on the Knitmore girls podcast. Jasmine would say I sewed it my featherweight. I always wondered what in the world is a featherweight? Boxing????? This question stayed in the back of my mind but I never researched it …..until I had the pleasure of seeing one. Back in November after leaving my office I decided to upgrade my sewing machine so I could production sew. While at the sewing machine dealer I tested a few machines and I asked do you have any featherweights? The associate, Emily said yes, would like to see one? Yes Please!
I was born Born June 19, 1940.
Featherweights were introduced at the 1933 Worlds fair flaunting its stuff as the first portable sewing machine weighting in at only 11 pounds. Since most machines during that era were encased in a cabinet and EXTREMELY heavy the Singer 221 was definitely a hit. Such a hit Over 3 million were produced
This little machine has the best stitches I have ever seen. Before I blast you with a bazillion pictures let me share a few things about this little doll.
Singer 221-came in 3 colors only. Black, Pale Celery(greenish tint white) and Tan. The black units were produced in the millions are are very easy to find but can definitely range in price from free(in a family members home) to 400+.
The black unit also came as a free arm, Singer 222K-There are a fortune! AS in in the thousands!
Comes with a box which contained accessories and a place for the foot pedal. I have a reproduction box the original.
Had tension controls but early machine such as mine had no numbers on it. You can get numbered dials though.
Have become collectors items and they are very popular among quilters.
Can be painted in all colors but I will warn you paints jobs range from $500-$1100!
Since they have only mechanical parts you can do the maintenance yourself:). Score!
Here are a few glamour shots of my featherweight aptly named Earnestine after my Grandmother.
Isn’t’ she just a doll? There’s so much info on singer featherweights and I have learned so much. If you want want there out there but…..betcha can’t buy just one!
Toodles! and Happy Sewing!