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.)
Collectible, 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 to be 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.