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Birthdate Machines

How great it would be to have a Singer Featherweight made on the very year you were born, or the year you graduated from high school or college or perhaps the year your child was born. The data below, inspired by Graham Forsdyke's original reference chart, graphs the number of machines manufactured or commissioned in any given year throughout their production.  This may help you determine the ease of finding machines to perhaps coordinate with personal milestones or significances.

Some years are easy, others difficult and, of course, many are impossible. Check the following chart for the possibilities of finding specific year machines.  (If viewing in a mobile browser, it may be easiest to view this chart with your screen rotated sideways.)

Year Standard 221 Freearm 222 White/Green Tan

1933

10,000
1934 20,000
1935 40,044
1936 40,000
1937 55,000
1938 40,000
1939 60,000
1940 45,000
1941 59,999
1942 0
1943 0
1944 0
1945 20,000
1946 90,000
1947 121,000
1948 179,999
1949 110,000
1950 260,000
1951 211,000
1952 189,999
1953 160,000 6,400
1954 50,000 20,000
1955 115,000 20,000
1956 55,000 15,000
1957 110,000 15,000
1958 5,500 5,000
1959 1,500 7,500
1960 5000 10,000
1961 40,000 10,000 ?*
1962
1963
1964 50,000
1965
1966
1967
1968 10,000
1969
1970

 

FUN TRIVIA:

Total number of black Featherweights made:  2,094,041

Total number of 222K Featherweights made:  108,900
Approximate total of all Featherweights made:  2,202,941

*Singer Sewing Machine models within the JE batch of serial numbers were made in 1961. A few tan Featherweights were included in this series, but records are inconclusive as to how many.  Also, White Featherweights with serial numbers beginning in EV, EW, EY, and FA have some records that are incomplete, therefore dating and numbers are approximate.

It is our goal to remain as accurate as possible, so if more original records surface, please contact us with the source and we will be glad to update the charts.

 

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