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Singer Wrinkle Featherweight 221 with a serial number of AF5892** indicates commission date of August 15, 1940. Machine is given a grade 8- with minor wear consistent with normal use.
This peculiar-finish sewing machine has been most commonly been referred to as the “Crinkle” Featherweight, or sometimes called a “Matte Finish” Featherweight. However, we would like to dispel that descriptive adjective with the bona fide name that Singer gave it originally. The official name for this particular finish is called “Wrinkle”. Click here to read more about it on our blog.
There were other models of Singer machines that had the Wrinkle finish, too, but none are considered scarce like the Singer Featherweight. Quantity, peculiarity, and Featherweight collectibility all play a factor in determining the value of a machine like this. According to Featherweight historians and Singer records, there were only two recorded commission dates for the Wrinkle Featherweight – December 5th, 1939 and August 15th, 1940. It is reported that the serial numbers were consecutive for the first production commission date, but intermittent with the regular shiny japanned-finished Featherweights during the second production commission date.
A Wrinkle Featherweight has a rough or crinkley finish, which is the most recognizable and distinctive feature of this kind of Singer 221. The wrinkle tactility is attributed to the machine, motor and sometimes the face plate.
You will also notice the difference in the “decals” on the bed of the machine… they are actually grooves rather than decals. The only gold decals on the machine are indicative to the Singer brand name – the light cover and the back of the machine.
Included with Machine:
Original Case (lovely condition)
(Ruffler, Narrow Hemmer, Adjustable Hemmer, Shirrer, Binder, and Edge Stitcher)
- Schmetz Microtex Needles
- Small Spool of Aurifil Thread
- Thread Post
- Featherweight Maintenance Log Book
- Case Tote Bag
- Oil Bottle
- Motor Lubricant
- Red Felt
- Five (5) Extra Bobbins
- Large & Small Screwdrivers
- Stitch Sample from your machine assuring you of a quality stitch
You can also rest knowing that the Original Bobbin Case is most definitely included, assuring you of an original quality stitch all these years later. It is a delightful thought to think about some of the possible things that were lovingly sewn on this machine in its lifetime. What will you add to its sewing repertoire - quilts? Apparel? Whatever you sew, I’m sure your new Featherweight machine will be well-loved for many, many more years of sewing life.
The machine has been serviced and calibrated for quilter’s cotton, so you won’t have to worry about tension when you receive your machine, but having a numbered tension dial will make it easier to set it back should you need to adjust it for any reason.
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