Jul 20
2015

Featherweight 221 Victorian Classic

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Singer 221 Featherweight AF 879791

Model: Class 221

Badge Issue Date: 04/01/1941 (see dating table)

Rating: 46/50 (American Scale)

Equipped with original 110-volt U.S. motor.

Description:

Just three months after rolling out this machine, The Singer Manufacturing Company and many other American manufacturers would retool their factories for wartime needs.  Singer would not issue another Featherweight badge for four full years, until after WWII. Many of the endearing features of this machine would be left behind when Featherweight manufacturing began again in 1945.  This particular machine is distinguished by the variegated-olive colored foot pedal and needlle-tension housing.  Singer experimented with a few fanciful designs in early 1941, but this is the only machine we have seen with this variation.  Additionally, this unit came with a blackside ruffler and 3 blackside bobbins.

The brilliant luster of the finish is magnificent.Scroll face plate, chrome trim, unblemished decals, original case, blackside attachments and motor are all sensational. This pristine AF appears to have been used for delicate work by her original owner.  There is light scarring of the finish on a couple of places on the extension bed and base, the usual scratches for a machine of this vintage, and finish stains along the front base. Therefore, we  deduct 3 points from the 20 maximum points for cosmetic value.

Singer Featherweights of this era had several notable features. The AF 87 has the scroll face plate, a numbered tension knob, a full length case tray, and  chrome balance wheel and trim.  Within 3 months  many of the features that set this machine apart would disappear forever from the Featherweight. Every detail of this machine is original.

This particular case deserves some special mention.  AF case handles are notorious for showing wear.  Although AF handles are of a sturdy mechanical design, they tend to fray at the edges, thus they are often wrapped with black electrical tape. This handle shows some wear, but otherwise the case, while admittedly not in “as new” condition, is in good condition.

By the way, this machine was made to be used and it is in perfect running order.

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1.) Original owner’s manual

2.) Hinged Presser Foot (fitted to machine)

3.) Ruffler

4.) Hemming Foot

5.) Edge Stitcher

6.) Binder

7.) Gatherer

8.) Adjustable Hemmer

9.) Singer Screwdriver

10.) Singer Accessory Box

11.) Three Singer Bobbins

13.) Full Length Singer Case Accessory Tray

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Jul 11
2015

Singer Featherweight 221 Premiere


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Red S Featherweight 221K ES 652235

Model:Class 221K

Distinctive Feature: Rare Big Red S

Badge Issue Date: 05/15/61 (see dating table)  (Singer made no more 221 Featherweights after 1961.)

Rating: 48/50 (American Scale)    9/10 (Condition Chart)

Equipped with original 110-volt Canadian motor.

The exceptionally smooth and light sewing touch of this particular machine are uncommon even for a Featherweight.

These qualities set this machine apart:

1.) The condition of the machine is superb. Gold decals are 98% complete. Paint is exceptionally bright.Chrome is flawless.Needle plate and feed dogs show almost no sign of wear.A few pin scratches and a slight ding where extension bed folds into front plate on the extension bed (see pictures). The machine operates exceptionally smoothly. Passing through our workshops, it became obvious that the previous owner treated this machine with the utmost care.This machine represents the finest example of Singer craftsmanship at the height of Singer domination of the sewing machine industry.

2.) The Big Red S badge was placed on only a limited few Singer Featherweight Class 221K models.

3.) Fewer still Red S badged Featherweights were produced for the U. S. market.This machine, with an original 110-volt motor which was produced in St. John’s, Canada, is a rarity.

4.) Singer placed the riveted 221K just below the badge on about 25% of all the 221K’s.

5.) Finally, every detail of this Featherweight is a Singer original (machine, case, manual and accessories) .

The case is solid inside and out.Latches and lining in great shape.

Premiere Package includes:

1.) Original owner’s manual

2.) Hinged Presser Foot (fitted)

3.) Ruffler

4.) Hemming Foot

5.) Edge Stitcher

6.) Binder

7.) Gatherer

8.) Adjustable Hemmer

9.) Singer Screwdriver

10.) Singer Accessory Box

11.)Three Singer Bobbins

12.) Singer Case Accessory Tray

 

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