Dating featherweight sewing
With modern all singing, all dancing machines, the manufacturers aim to talk us into agreeing to their eye-wateringly high price tags. Singer marketed all their high production models with serial numbers which they referred to as ‘dates of birth’.I know you’re saying, ‘you get what you pay for’ but the early sewing machines often cost many months and in some cases even years’ wages, but they are still working. Anyone interested in the development history of the Singer Sewing Machine Company can find a very good ‘time-line’ at In the section for Featherweight machines there is a list of Serial Numbers that were issued for models 221, 221K and 222K.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.Two Digit Dating System for Black Singer Featherweights Copyright @2007-2009 class221 Example: 221__AD 884639 Ignore the last 4 digits; then lookup 221__ AD 88……3/18/1935.
07/01/41 *****transitional production run 221__ AG 00-01 ….. This site is provided as an information resource for people wanting to know more about domestic Singer sewing machines and their accessories.In particular it is aimed at the ever increasing number of more discerning machinists who are fed up with their modern ‘plastic’ machines and want to return to an era when they were in control, and not an electronic chip hidden inside the machine itself.The Singer Featherweight portable sewing machine is a model made by that company between 19.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.