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What's New in The Featherweight Shop Vintage Collection - September 2023
by Christian Henry
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 receive. Some of these items may be famous and recognizable, but there may be other items that very few individuals have ever seen or heard of before. For the month of September 2023, here are some of our recent finds:
This 1957 Teacher's Textbook features a wealth of instruction on Singer's attachments and instruction specific to the Featherweight as well. This orange-cover variation of the Teacher's Textbook was the last to feature the Featherweight. It is a very difficult book to find.
We are happy to have this post card featuring Singer's factory in Elizabeth, N.J. where our beloved Featherweights were made!
This unique Sewhandy features a smaller 'Singer' decal than the most common aluminum housing model 20 machines. It was likely one of the first aluminum housing variations as the decal size is more consistent with the cast steel earlier machines. Notice the image in the manual matches the machine.
What a thrill...to see the world from its tallest building! And free souvenirs! How novel to pay admission but receive free souvenirs - the opposite of so many attractions today.
There were a few variations of machine attachment boxes from France that had a hinged lid instead of a lid that slid over the base. We were excited to find this box and add it to our collection.
We found this clever service reminder coupon with a 222K. It is quite rare, so we decided to revive its practicality and create our own service reminder card to include with each machine we sell.
Our staff would need to learn celsius conversion in order to determine the shop's temperature using this extremely rare Spanish enamel thermometer.
This Singer letter opener came from France, and it's a welcome addition to our collection of Singer promotional items.
The large 1 gallon jug was manufactured here in the USA, and the little 4oz can came from Australia.
We added these two items to our collection and while they aren't Singer, they complement the Singer Pinker and the collectible Zippo Singer lighters we have here at the shop. The Columbus Coated pinkers make a gorgeous cut edge.
Our final feature this month is a German Singer machine needle holder. It is designed to hold four different sizes and it spins to dispense the required size.
There are so many fun vintage Singer items here at the shop, and we are very excited to share our new finds with the Featherweight community. Stay tuned for next month!