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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...

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Parts & Details

Click Image for PDF Expanded View (For each parts still available, it will be linked to its corresponding part for sale on our website.)

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Graham Forsdyke's Featherweight Chamber of Horrors

It's nightmare time folks -- check out these terror tales from Graham. Be very glad your fine machine is safe in the sewing room.   Worst Featherweight Ever Electrical Disasters Motor Mayhem Featherweight Graveyard ******************************************   Worst Featherweight in the World   This sad machine was discovered in the basement of an English coastal dealer. Aluminium will certainly oxidize, especially in a salty atmosphere, but this is the first machine I've seen where the base is, in places, totally eaten through.     ******************************************       Electrical Disasters Two different machines but a joint, and not unusual, problem. Poor...

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Singer Featherweight FAQs

1.  Is my Singer Sewing Machine a Featherweight? Singer Model 15(not a Singer Featherweight) A lot of people wonder if  their old Singer Sewing Machine (that came with a carrying case and is "portable") gives it the classification of being a Featherweight.  While the old black Singers bear similar appearances with their elegant shape, sleek black paint and smooth lines, the first evidence to consider is the name difference, that being the word "feather" in Featherweight.  The old portable Singers in wooden domed top cases, or rectangular tweed-covered cases are quite heavy.  Lifting one of these models by the handle...

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Facts & Myths

Singer Featherweight Factsand Some Myths Exposed by Graham Forsdyke Singer Featherweight machines were produced in black, beige/tan and white/green (what the company officially called Pale Turquoise). There were no red, blue or any other colour machines although many have been repainted in later life and new decals added. Black 221 machines were produced at Elizabethport, New Jersey, and at Clydebank, Scotland. Beige/tan machines were produced at Clydebank and at St John's, Canada. White/Green machines were produced only at Clydebank. 222 Freearm Featherweights were produced only at Clydebank. Many UK-built machines were sent across the Atlantic to have motors fitted in...

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Approved Links

Friends of the Featherweight Needle Below are some different websites and resources we would like to refer you to. Whether it be a group forum for fellow Featherweight enthusiasts, another Singer Sewing Machine collector with their own supply of goods for sale, or some of April's favorite fabric and pattern websites, it has been a pleasure to work with all that we list here. Singer Featherweight Facebook Group - forum for Featherweight enthusiasts to share ISMACS - International Sewing Machine and Collectors' SocietyFeatherweight Fanatics - pioneer FW page with links to the Featherweight Digest Dave McCallum's Featherweight Rx - producer...

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Damaged in Shipment

The following photos will show you what happens when a Singer Featherweight is not properly packed.  If you are an ebay, etsy, shopgoodwill online seller and you are shipping a Singer Featherweight across the country or even across the oceans, please take these warnings seriously.  Replacement parts are expensive and sometimes exact originals cannot be found (e.g. white and tan featherweight bobbin winders, spool pins, early case designs, etc.).  Over the years we have emailed many online sellers our photo tutorial for how to pack and ship a Singer Featherweight properly.  Still, a few of them did not heed our...

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Packing & Shipping a Singer Featherweight Properly

Packing a Singer Featherweight seems like it would be simple enough, doesn’t it?  After all, it comes with a handy carrying case, right?  Well, I think after you see the photographed illustrations below you will understand that these small, portable machines need a bit more care than what you might expect.  After years and years of seeing machines shipped with damage (and having to help some of our customers replace those parts), we created this tutorial to help you and others learn how to pack a Singer Featherweight 221 and 222 properly.  This information can apply to other portable sewing...

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Singer Featherweight 221 & 222 Condition Chart

Over twenty years ago, totally frustrated with inaccurate and misleading descriptions of machine condition, Graham Forsdyke devised the Condition Chart for the International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society (ISMACS). It was quickly picked up by enthusiasts all over the world and is now the universally accepted way of describing a machine. No more "pristine", "mint", "like new", etc, but a method of honestly assessing a machine.  Graham commends its use to all and claims no copyright for this information; it may be freely copied, reposted or distributed in its original form. This scale takes no notice of mechanical condition.  If something...

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Dating Your Featherweight Machine

What is the Birthdate of My Singer Featherweight? To date your Singer Featherweight, you will need to locate the serial number on the bottom of your machine.  It has two letters followed by a series of six numbers.  Using the serial number you can use the charts below to find the date when your machine was given a batch assignment at the factory.  If you do not find your machine serial number listed in the charts, then further in the text below will be more references and info.    Most serial numbers are found on the bottom of a Featherweightnext...

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