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Singer Featherweight 221J Sewing Machine, TAN ES658***

Regular price
$ 1,149.95


A TAN Featherweight that is completely serviced, cleaned, polished, electrically inspected, timed, tuned and sampled - rest assured, this Tan Featherweight 221 will be ready to sew right out of the case.  This machine is fitted with an original 110 volt motor that has been rewound to work at optimum speed and torque, so you can plug it in and begin sewing with effortless power.   The Tan Featherweights are one of the rarest to find because there were so few of them made, with some estimating their production numbers to be as low as 16,500.

ES658*** indicates a production date of May 15th, 1961.  You can view some of the records here. This particular Tan Featherweight was made in Scotland at the Kilbowie Singer factory, but it was probably finished with assembly in Canada where it received its "221J" badge.  Singer was trying to take one of their best-selling sewing machine models (the 221 Featherweight) and give it a modern, more updated color and style.  You will notice the color, obviously, but the light housing and faceplate have a more aero-dynamic sleek design (not that this machine was designed for flight, of course).  Some have confused this color with the White Featherweights, but the Tan Featherweight is it's own distinctive color and is basically the same machine as the black - long bed extension and the internal gearing system are the same.  The badge is a Red S and the case is two-tone tan, even the foot controller has a tan color.

This lovely machine is given a Grade 8-. On close inspection you can see a little bit of discoloration near the front edge of the painted surface.   Be sure to click on any image above to view the machine for closer detail.

This machine sews like a dream, and it will be a wonderful addition to any Featherweight collection.  

Included with Machine:

  1. Original Case
  2. Attachments:
    (Narrow Hemmer, Adjustable Hemmer, Shirrer, Binder, Edge Stitcher, Ruffler)
  3. Original Instruction Manual
  4. Oil Bottle

  5. Motor Lubricant

  6. Spool Pin Spring & Red Felt

  7. Five (5) Extra Bobbins

  8. Large & Small Screwdrivers

  9. Schmetz Microtex Needles

  10. A Small Spool of Presencia Thread

  11. Stitch Sample from your machine assuring you of a quality stitch

Are you a Quilter?  Additional Quilting Attachments can be purchased, and if you need any Fashion Aids for apparel or ornamental sewing (i.e. Buttonholer, Blind Stitcher, etc...), we will prepare samples for those as well should you decide to purchase them separately.

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.

Machine has been serviced and calibrated for quilter’s cottons, 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.

Free Shipping in the USA through UPS Ground.  Your machine will be thoroughly and carefully packed ~ guaranteed to arrive to you safe and sound.