Posted on January 28, 2018.
This is an original Singer 1938 Featherweight Electric Sewing Machine Model 221-1 with accessories & case! Serial number is AF 077157
SLEEK & shiny with a simple, elegant, and compact design, the Singer 221-1 – nicknamed “Featherweight” – is the semi-precious jewel of the sewing machine world!
Singer Featherweights are very lightweight, hence the name! , weighing in at 11 lbs 1 oz. (5.0 kg) without a case. The light weight is due to the cast aluminum body of the machine, runs smoothly and quietly due to its well-balanced rotary-hook mechanism. The machine is about 15” long by 10” tall including the spool spindle pin.
The piece is in excellent condition and comes complete with the carrying case (odor free), original green manual, oil, peddle, and various accessories. The case has an accessory tray that stacks on top of the machine, which is set down in the case. The case has some wear on it from being carried around, and missing original leather handle, but the machine itself is great. There are a few small surface scratches & imperfections otherwise minty. Incredible condition for a machine that is 80 years old!!
This model so highly prized by seamstresses & quilters who have an interest in keeping the special qualities of this “princess of portables” a secret to be shared only with those who love and appreciate the beauty and utility of a good mechanical design.
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