The Singer Featherweight 222K Sewing Machine
(and the difference between a Singer 221 model)
Inventory of our Singer Featherweight 222 Machines is constantly turning over. Before we get a chance to put them on the site, they are often sold. Therefore, please e-mail directly regarding our current inventory.
Convertible Flat Bed into Tubular Bed or Free-Arm
Allowing easier application of sleeves and cuffs or any hard-to-reach seaming.
Sew / Darn Lever
Feed dogs can be easily lowered, allowing free-motion embroidery and darning work.
Hence, the Free-Arm Featherweight or Tubular Bed
Feed-Dog Lowering Lever
See how the feed dogs (teeth-like mechanism) can be lowered...
The 222K would have had some extra attachments available as well. All had the foot originally included, but the hoop was an extra accessory:
Another Subtle Difference:
The area around the presser bar lever is just slightly wider on a 222 than a 221. The 222 is only 1/16 of an inch wider, which is just enough to notice if you're going to try attaching a Single Thread Embroidery Attachment on your free-arm model Featherweight. You will need to have some patience when trying to get it in position on your 222K. (If you have the option, I would recommend using it on your 221 model Featherweight or other vintage Singer model. The 221 Featherweight allows a better and proper fit of the Single Thread Embroidery Attachment.)
Collectable, yes - but certainly PRACTICAL!
Regarding the Motor:
However, if you purchase a Singer 222K abroad, where the electrical current is 220 voltage, you will need to make the decision to either have it converted or simply purchase a separate voltage converter. If you opt to convert your machine, then you will need to purchase an original Featherweight 110 volt motor, the foot controller will need adjusting and the light bulb will need changed as well. A vintage original Featherweight motor can cost over $100 for one that is fully tested and guaranteed. A voltage converter is the least expensive option and costs about $20-$30. Just make sure you get one that will handle a minimum of 100 watts. The downside to a converter is that is a separate unit that must be kept with the machine.
Regarding the Case:
Most Featherweight 221 cases will not work with a 222 sewing machine. All Featherweight 222 Sewing Machines are just a fraction taller than a 221 preventing the lid from closing properly in most 221 cases.
Regarding the Manual:
The original manuals are very hard to come by as they were easily torn, lost or thrown out. It was a very thorough little handbook, though, with nearly 100 pages of instruction. If you do not have an original, you may download a free copy by clicking here.