Dating featherweight sewing
The standard blackside Singer 221 Featherweight has a shiny black patina with gold decals.The first Featherweight 221 was produced in Elizabethport, NJ in 1933 and unveiled at the Chicago World’s Fair.
The next thing to catch your eye is the flip up leaf that opens to give you a workspace that is almost as large as the machine itself.For instance, oiling the Sewhandy required manipulation of several screws where the Featherweight called for the loosening and then retightening of just one thumb screw.Singer also added numbers to the tension dial, making setting and adjusting tension more precise than the guessing game of adjusting tension on the Sewhandy.Both the Featherweight and the Sewhandy were known for their portability, wooden square shaped carrying cases.Singer, however, added lots of improvements that made it a far more desirable machine.Despite rumors that the Singer Manufacturing Company [as it was known back then] bought out Standard in order to get the rights to the Sewhandy, the Featherweight stands on its own merit.
In fact, Standard Sewing and the Sewhandy were sold several times before Singer made the acquisition.
As an authorized dealer for Janome, we offer a full line of sewing machines, along with an assortment of parts and accessories.
We also stock an intriguing selection of collectible antique Singer Featherweights, dating from 1935 to 1964, that still sew a perfect straight stitch!
Another change during World War II production was the crinkle or matte finish.
This finish was used on earlier models, such as some Singer 66, 99 and 128 table or cabinet mounted treadle and electric models.
Having established these facts, the truth is the people who designed the Featherweight were undoubtedly inspired by the Sewhandy.