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HISTORY OF THE FEATHERWEIGHT

Featherweight 221                                            Featherweight 222

Featherweight 221

Most new quilters become private detectives - searching for a small Singer sewing machine called a "Featherweight". This classic machine (made from the mid-1930's until the early 60's) is understood to sew the most even stitch of any sewing machine. With its small weight (11 lbs) it is perfect for taking on trips and to workshops. It does no fancy stitches (only goes forward and backwards), but it's a dream machine.

Between 1948 and 1959 there were 1,055,326 Featherweight machines manufactured. This should mean many happy quilters continuing to find Featherweights for years to come!

An incredible amount of history and lore has grown up around the Featherweight, also known as Singer model 221. Itís a "collectible" of the first order and is featured on many Web pages which cater to antique sewing machine collectors.

At the same time the Featherweight is highly regarded as a fine usable sewing machine - there are FAQ's and How-to tune it up pages, clean and replace parts advice on the Web. A special mailing list, the Featherweight Fanatics List, is completely devoted to users and seekers of this machine.

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Featherweight Convertible 222

* The 222k is sometimes referred to as the queen of all Singers.  It is the free arm version of the 221 flatbed.  She came only from the famous Singer factory in Killbowie, on the banks of the River Clyde, Scotland.  Made of cast alloy and considered one of the finest Singers ever made.  It is said that it took a team of engineers six months to design her.  The machine epitomizes the best of British engineering and is highly sought after.  I have never come across a machine that has touched so many hearts.  The 222k may go down in history as the finest singer ever made.

See a more extensive history at Planet Patchwork http://www.tvq.com/fweight.htm

Another extremely well researched site is  http://home.roadrunner.com/~featherweight/

* Description of the 222 is taken from a calendar produced by Alex I. Askaroff of England, with his permission.

 

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