Dating a singer sewing machine
Even the oldest machines, if they've been cared for, still sew wonderfully.The Featherweight came in a standard black model made in the U. Those made before World War II (and apparently a few after the war) had an attractive "Egyptian Scrollwork" pattern on the faceplate, while most of those made after the war had a simple, striated pattern of vertical stripes.Because we have not been able to locate the log books, serial numbers for the years 1851 to 1870 are not available at this time.
The machine (model 221), adapted from an earlier portable, the Standard Sew Handy (which company was bought out by Singer) weighs about 11 pounds and has been found to be an ideal machine for quilters and other sewers to take to classes or "on location." Very quiet and sturdily made with all-metal parts (mostly aluminum), the Featherweight sews only straight stitches but it sews them very well.Featherweight users also report that they have successfully used the "Little Foot" on their machines, as well as some brands of walking feet. A list of some Singer attachments and their part numbers is at the end of this file.Featherweights, in spite of their cult status, are not rare.The light weight and the fold-up platform are two indicators.Very diligent shopping should turn up one or more Featherweights in your local area, and they've been known to travel in packs, and reappear miraculously out of grandma's closet or attic!