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Three Singer Featherweight Machine Types

Three Machines Table

222 Machine left side                        221 Black Machine                      White 221 Machine              

222 machines are 15″ long 2 5/8″ tall.   222 machines are free arm machines.                 

Black 221 machines are 15″ long 2 1/8″ tall.   White 221 machines are 13 1/2″ long 2 1/8″ tall.

The Singer Featherweight portable sewing machines are a model made by Singer between 1933 and 1964. The machine (model 221), adapted from an earlier portable, the Standard SewHandy (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. Even the oldest machines, if they’ve been cared for, still sew wonderfully. Production of the 221 started in the UK at what was then Singer’s largest factory in 1949. Six years later production started on the ultimate Featherweight, the 222 Freearm, and then the white/green model which was made in very limited numbers until 1964.

I learned the hard way about the different models of Featherweights.

I had just shipped a Cherry cabinet and was ready to start on a new cabinet when I recieved an email saying  “Your Cabinet Is TOO Short.”    I put one of my wife’s machines (don’t let her know this) in each cabinet to check for proper fit and get a picture before shipping. So I knew that MY cabinet was not too short, there had to be a problem on the other end. I asked the lady to explain what the problem was. Well as we all know a picture is worth a 1000 words.


As You can plainly see I was wrong again. The machine top was 1/2 inch above the cabinet top.

I knew there had to be a logical reason so I asked “Did you put bigger feet on the machine?” I was quickly informed NO!! Well as a last resort I swallowed my pride and showed the picture to my dear wife. She took one look at the picture sighed then informed me.

“That is a 222 Machine” shook her head and walked away.
(And yes, I got boloney sandwiches for dinner again).