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| Posted by Christian Henry

What's New in The Featherweight Shop Vintage Collection - July 2021

Here at the Featherweight Shop we have quite the collection of vintage Singer items.  Due to our remote location, very few customers have had the opportunity to see the many rare Singer items we have.  This series of blog posts brings our collection out for all to see what new items we get in.  Some of these items may be famous and recognizable, but we are sure there are others that very few have ever seen or heard of.  For the month of July 2021, here are some of our recent finds: This is one of the Singer coin banks, but is...


| Posted by Christian Henry

What's New in The Featherweight Shop Vintage Collection - May 2021

Here at the Featherweight Shop we have quite the collection of vintage Singer items.  Due to our remote location, very few customers have had the opportunity to see the many rare Singer items we have.  This series of blog posts brings our collection out for all to see what new items we get in.  Some of these items may be famous and recognizable, but we are sure there are others that very few have ever seen or heard of.  For the month of May 2021, here are some of our recent finds:  This little Italian Singer oil can is so charming! Here...


| Posted by Christian Henry

What's New in The Featherweight Shop Vintage Collection - Apr. 2021

Here at the Featherweight Shop we have quite the collection of vintage Singer items.  Due to our remote location, very few customers have had the opportunity to see the many rare Singer items we have.  This series of blog posts brings our collection out for all to see what new items we get in.  Some of these items may be famous and recognizable, but we are sure there are others that very few have ever seen or heard of.  For the month of April 2021, here are some of our recent finds: It's always a treat to find a set of Singer...


| Posted by Christian Henry

The Purpose and Timeline of the Featherweight Light Switch

The Featherweight's light switch changed slightly throughout the years in both placement and style, but it's one purpose never changed - turning the light off and on.  Most new machines have an actual power switch on them, but the Featherweight's switch only operates the light.  You will find that the motor will run and the machine will stitch even when the light switch is off. Below is a short timeline showing the variations in the light switch: #1 The Standard, Black, Rounded, Bed-Mount Switch - in use from 1933-1957 in the USA and 1947-1951 in the UK. This switch is...


| Posted by Christian Henry

A History and Modern Use of the Corduroy Case Insert

If you have a Featherweight made from 1937-1940, you might find this original, rare, and practical addition to your case.  Little is known about the corduroy case insert, as we have never seen any original marketing literature, but it is probable that one of the theories below speaks to the rarity as well as how some cases got this wonderful addition.     1. Perhaps the insert was simply added on a select few machine cases from the factory.   Singer rarely made machine cases at the same factory as the machines, but it is possible that the corduroy inserts were added when the machine and case were matched and outfitted at...


| Posted by Christian Henry

Why is My Needle Not Centered in the Needle Hole?

A common question among Featherweight owners is, "Why is the needle not centered in the needle hole?" Although it may be quite concerning, the answer will put you at ease! Find out why here.


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

What's New in The Featherweight Shop Vintage Collection - Jan. 2021

Here at the Featherweight Shop we have quite the collection of vintage Singer items.  Due to our remote location, very few customers have had the opportunity to see the many rare Singer items we have.  This series of blog posts brings our collection out for all to see what new items we get in.  Some of these items may be famous and recognizable, but we are sure there are others that very few have ever seen or heard of.  For the month of January 2021, here are some of our recent finds:   This gorgeous card advertised Singer's displays that would...


| Posted by Christian Henry

What's New in The Featherweight Shop Vintage Collection - Nov. 2020

Here at the Featherweight Shop we have quite the collection of vintage Singer items.  Due to our remote location, very few customers have had the opportunity to see the many rare Singer items we have.  This series of blog posts brings our collection out for all to see what new items we get in.  Some of these items may be famous and recognizable, but we are sure there are others that very few have ever seen or heard of.  For the month of November 2020, here are some of our recent finds: Here is an Indian Singer pocket mirror, likely from the...


| Posted by Christian Henry

What's New in The Featherweight Shop Vintage Collection - Oct. 2020

Here at the Featherweight Shop we have quite the collection of vintage Singer items.  Due to our remote location, very few customers have had the opportunity to see the many rare Singer items we have.  This series of blog posts brings our collection out for all to see what new items we get in.  Some of these items may be famous and recognizable, but we are sure there are others that very few have ever seen or heard of.  For the month of October 2020, here are some of our recent finds: Here is a lovely red Sewhandy model #20.  They are...


| Posted by Christian Henry

A Concise History and Timeline of The Featherweight Bobbin Winder

Below is a photo of the 8 different bobbin winders that Singer made for the Featherweight.  Each one is unique, and while they are all interchangeable, preserving the originality of your machine with the historically correct winder can be important to the machine's value.   #1 Solid-Wheel Unmarked Bobbin Winder 1933-1936 USA: The first bobbin winder used on the Featherweight had a solid silver wheel similar to a later bobbin winder, but it has no markings or part numbers on it.  This bobbin winder was used from 1933 into 1936. #2 Cupped-Wheel Bobbin Winder 1936-1946 USA: The second bobbin winder...


| Posted by Christian Henry

What's New in The Featherweight Shop Vintage Collection - Sept. 2020

Here at the Featherweight Shop we have quite the collection of vintage Singer items.  Due to our remote location, very few customers have had the opportunity to see the many rare Singer items we have.  This new series of blog posts will be bringing our collection out for all to see what new items we get in every month.  Some of these items may be famous and recognizable, but we are sure there are others that very few have ever seen or heard of.  For the month of September, 2020, here are our most recent finds:  A Singer Yardstick: "The teacher...


| Posted by Christian Henry

The Singer Tools of Yesterday

The improvements in tools have changed dramatically throughout history - from arm-strength, weights, and pulleys to the electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic tools of today.  How have the tools used for working on sewing machines improved?  What did they look like in the past, and what can be used today?  Below are some photos showing the screwdrivers that would have been included with the Featherweight, and some Singer wrenches that would have been used by the Singer repairmen often on more industrial machines. Screwdrivers of Yesterday: These photos show how the original Featherweight screwdrivers have small handles - allowing them to...


| Posted by Christian Henry

A Peek into The Featherweight Shop's Singer Collection

The entryway to our little Shop has become a display area for our collection of Singer items, and we are always happy to share it with those who stop by.  We don't get many visitors as we are out of town and miles from any big city, so we have decided to bring some of the collection to you!  Below are some of our Singer postcards and signs that we have hung around the shop.   Post Cards:  Singer's Cabinet Factory in South Bend, IN Singer Factory in France Singer Factory in Elizabeth, NJ Singer Quebec Factory  Singer French Post Card...


| Posted by Christian Henry

The Design of (and how to use) the Featherweight Foot Controller

The Singer foot controller used with most all Featherweights have quite the peculiar design! With most every other sewing machine in the world having a lever or wide pedal to be pressed by one's foot, Singer does seem to go against the grain, and many are unsure why.  Singer's thought with this style of controller is that the sewer could keep his or her foot on the stationary button while at rest and then rock their foot to the side to initiate power to the machine.  Many find this uncomfortable, and it is a surprise that Singer used this design for so long.  Here is...


| Posted by Christian Henry

What part did Singer play in the success of D-Day?

During WWII, when order L-98 was issued by the government in June of 1942, all production of family sewing machines came to a halt.  This order deemed production of items like sewing machines as unnecessary or non-essential.  As a result, Singer shifted very quickly into making much-needed parts and supplies to help America win the war.  The enormous and well-equipped Singer factories across the globe were able to rise to the call, not only in production but research as well!  Below are a few accounts from Singer archives of how they, directly and indirectly, contributed to the success of D-Day, 77 years ago....


| Posted by Christian Henry

Working for Singer

Looking back at books, magazines, and historical records it appears that Singer was a great company to work for.  They provided many benefits and great facilities for their workforce.  Singer wanted their employees to be able to state proudly, "I work for the Singer Manufacturing Company."  So little is known about what it was like working for this industrial giant 60+ years ago, but we have obtained several records from Singer with awards for years of service, promotions, and testimonies from their employees that may reveal a glimpse of a chapter of history that seems so veiled. Most of these records are...


| Posted by Christian Henry

How to Store the Featherweight

One of our most popular questions is, "How should I store my Featherweight?"  We do know that the Featherweight is a very hearty machine, as many owners have retrieved them from the attic, basement, or closet where they have been kept for many years - to pull them out and use them without complications.  However, to ensure that the machines maintain their beautiful cosmetic appearance and perfect function, the following steps can be taken.1. Make sure that all the accessories are in their proper place. The original Featherweight accessories do have their proper place and keeping them there will save attachments from...


| Posted by Christian Henry

What Shank is The Featherweight?

All 221 and 222 Featherweights are Low-Shank.¬† It was Singer's most common configuration for their household sewing machines.¬† The term¬†Shank¬†refers to the position and height of the needle bar and presser bar.¬† Below is a comparison of the four common machine shanks used by Singer. The Low-Shank: Singer's most common shank and the one that was used exclusively for the Featherweight was the¬†Low-Shank configuration.¬† The low shank attachments mount on the presser bar 1/2" up.¬†¬† ¬† The¬†Back-Clamping Shank: ÔĽŅÔĽŅThe Back-Clamping shank appears to have been used primarily on the earlier 66 model Singer machines.¬† The attachments are taller than a...


| Posted by Christian Henry

Are Some Featherweights Harder to Find Than Others?

Some Featherweights are certainly harder to find than others, but how much harder?  In certain areas all Featherweights may be "scarce", but internet sales have made standard Featherweights much more available.  This post will address not only how many Featherweights were made each year, but also, what is considered a "Rare" Featherweight and how difficult some are to find. Below is a chart showing when Featherweight production was at its highs and lows.   This chart displays Singer's production output of the black Featherweight. Manufacturing greatly slowed down and even came to a halt during WW2, but it soon rose to its height in the early...


| Posted by Christian Henry

A Closer Look at Featherweight Drip Pans

The drip pan wouldn't be considered a mechanical piece of the Featherweight, but it does serve a few purposes.  The metal drip pans hold the felt drip pad liners, which collect excess oil and grease that drips down from the moving parts in the machine.  Together the drip pan and felt drip pad serve as a noise reducer.  From a historical standpoint, the drip pan gives clues to when and where the machine was made.  There were a total of 5 drip pan styles for the 221 and just one for the 222.   1933 Nickel Finish, Silver-Colored:  The first Featherweight...


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