A True Vintage Treasure – Singer 221 Featherweight Sewing Machine

Recently Mr. Deanie found a true vintage treasure. The quilters out there will totally guess that I am talking about a vintage Singer 221 Featherweight sewing machine also called the Featherweight as it is only about 11 pounds. These sewing machines are a favorite of quilters.


If you are not a seamstress you may not know of this vintage treasure. The retail price of these machines when first introduced in 1933 was under $100. Now these vintage treasures bring prices of $300 – $500 on average. If it is an exceptional machine it may go for closer to $1000. We have sold a number of these in the past on eBay for an average of $500. They were made from 1933-1964.

They are bigger than a toy sewing machine but still smaller than most sewing machines that were being produced so it made it ideal to take with you.

As you can see from the vintage advertisements it was popular because of its portability.

The reason that quilters like these machines is that it is portable and the straight stitch it produces is a straight lock stitch unlike modern machines which has a slight zig-zag to its straight stitch. The quilters use these Singer vintage treasures for piecing but not machine quilting. It is a quiet and sturdy machine. No matter the age of a Singer Featherweight, if it has been cared for, it will still sew wonderfully.

You can date a Featherweight machine by its serial number found on the bottom of the machine. This one was produced in 1939.

When Mr. Deanie found this vintage treasure of the sewing world, it was complete with accessories and its original case. The case is scuffed up but there is a great tutorial for refurbishing a Featherweight case here


Inside the case was this tray with accessories.


The foot pedal is Bakelite.

Now Mr. Deanie knew that the Singer company made a very special table just for the Singer Featherweight 221 sewing machine. So he went back to the estate sale and spied it in the corner of the room. Score!

This table was billed as a utility table that could be used for sewing, card playing and informal dining. They even sold an extension that attached to make a larger surface for sewing.

Here is a photo of a lady sewing with her Singer 221 in the special table.

Here is the table as found at the estate sale. Mr. Deanie recognized it immediately as we have sold a number of them on eBay in the past. These sell in the $150 to $300 range.

Mr. Deanie took this vintage treasure home and did a little work on the top. Here is how it looks now.









So the two vintage treasures are united again.









I hope you have enjoyed this look at a great vintage treasure that is still just as useful as it was the day it was manufactured. The Singer 221 Featherweight sewing machine is truly a great treasure. I hope you find a great vintage treasure in your travels, too.

Wishing you many blessing in 2017,



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