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Every effort will be made for the Featherweight Shop to hand-deliver this machine to a buyer in the lower 48 states. Should it be purchased by an international customer or one in AK or HI, it will be shipped.
This incredibly rare and desirable Singer Featherweight 221 is absolutely stunning in gloss black with gold decals! Completely restored inside and out - this Featherweight 221 will be ready to sew or display right out of the case. Be sure to click on any image above to view the beauty of this machine and restoration quality. AD54712* indicates an original commission date of October 3rd, 1933.
What makes this Featherweight special?
The Chicago World's Fair held in 1933 and 1934 was an enormous event, attracting nearly 50,000,000 visitors. Singer sold machines at the fair and took the occasion to debut the new Featherweight sewing machines commissioned October 3rd, 1933. The machines sold at the Fair in 1934 had the recognizable, commemorative badge with a red ring. There are just 40 of these Featherweights known to exist making them extremely rare and collectable.
This Featherweight first arrived to us in very poor condition, and because of its rarity and infamy, we made the decision to restore it back to gloss black. The choice to restore a sought-after machine like this one back to original black greatly increased its value and appeal as the traditional look has been maintained. We have taken care to preserve as many parts as possible in the restoration process; with extra care, we were able to retain and reuse the original brads that hold the badge in place! Each one of our restored and repainted Featherweights receives hours of personal care in its disassembly, painting process, reassembly, stitch sampling and overall preparation for each and every customer.
To guarantee the authenticity of this restoration, we took photos showing the machine, the badge and the serial number before restoration took place. To protect the future buyer, we have covered up the last number of the serial number in the photos, but the intricacies in the stamping of each other number can be identified in both the before and after photos.
Click on each photo to see the beauty of this restoration and compare the new finish to the machine's previous condition.
The original type I case, 1933 manual, and fully restored metal foot controller are also included. Our case refurbishing method was used to bring a beautiful finish back to the original case. A type I case this beautiful is nearly as unique as the Chicago badged machine itself; at nearly 90 years old, this set is indeed a rarity.
The machine is fitted with an original 110-volt motor that has been rewound to work at optimum speed and torque.
Included with Machine:
Original Case (lovely condition)
- Basic Attachments: Ruffler, Edge Stitcher, Narrow Hemmer, Adjustable Hemmer, Shirrer, Binder
Original Instruction Manual
- Oil Bottle with Oil
- Motor and Gear Lubricant
- Five (5) Extra Bobbins
- Large & Small Screwdrivers
Stitch Sample from your machine assuring you of a quality stitch
- Small Spool of Aurifil Thread
- Microtex Needles
- Thread Post
- Maintenance Logbook
- Case Tote Bag
Additional Quilting Attachments can be purchased, and if you need any Fashion Aids for apparel or ornamental sewing (e.g., Buttonholer, Blind Stitcher, etc...), we will prepare samples for those as well should you decide to purchase them separately.
The Original Bobbin Case is included, adhering to originality all these years later. The machine has been serviced and calibrated for quilter’s cotton, so tension is already properly set; however, tension can easily be adjusted depending on fabric needs.
The machine is fitted with an original scrolled faceplate and the original case includes the top tray for holding the foot controller and some attachments.
For more information on purchasing a Featherweight during our Featherweight Faire, click here.