There were around 6,000 featherweights produced. The 222K is now one of Singer's most sought-after and valuable sewing machines. They are especially scarce in the United States since Singer never promoted this type there.
Featherweight sewing machines were designed for home use by individuals who wanted a simple yet effective machine that was easy to operate. They came in two sizes: small (45-47 inches) and large (50-52 inches). The small model used a 7-inch needle while the large used an 8-inch needle. Both had 1,100cc motors and could stitch up to a 10-1/4 x 14-1/4 inch sheet of fabric.
The Featherweight was introduced in 1955 at $69.95. It was advertised as being "Ideal for home sewers who want quality without extravagance." It was affordable and easy to maintain, making it popular with beginners who wanted good value for their money.
These little sewing machines were successful because they offered what others before them did not: ease of use and affordability. There were several other sewing machines on the market at the time that were more expensive than the Featherweight and they didn't compete well with them because they lacked some important features such as automatic needle threading and adjustable tension controls.
Singer 221-1 Featherweight Sewing Machine (Vintage) IS IN WORKING ORDER! 1951 vintage Excellent Condition Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine AK427029! Vintage. As-Is. No Warranty. This item may not be shipped to all states due to strict shipping laws that apply to antique items. Check with your local government to determine if this item can be shipped to your location.
This little sewing machine has lots of charm and is easy to take care of. It has been well maintained by its previous owner and is ready to use again. This little machine is perfect for beginners who want to create beautiful clothes without spending a lot of money.
It has two speeds, a snap-shut foot pedal, and an open throat basket case. The Singer 221 was one of the first portable sewing machines on the market and it has many features today's modern machines don't have including variable speed control, automatic threader, and clutch mechanism to prevent the needle from moving when you're not pressing the button.
It also has a number of advantages over other types of sewing machines such as a wide variety of available patterns and the ability to easily change threads while sewing. The 221 was sold in hobby shops and music stores from 1951 until 1978 when Fiskars discontinued production of all sewing machines.
Although vintage Singer Featherweight 221 & 222 models are no longer marketed among all the plastic machines at the local Singer dealer, there are trustworthy technicians that specialize in, service, and sell Featherweights. These older machines have a reputation for being very durable and many modern-day repair services can fix most problems with them. They are also very affordable compared to some of the other brand names sold by Sears during its later years.
The Singer 221 & 222 were made from 1950 to 1970. The last model was the 222E. These smaller machines had 22-1/4" wide beds and could sew up to 3/4" thick materials. They weighed about 110 lbs and used 7-volt power. There were two colors available: black or white. A tape recorder was included as part of the accessory package.
These little sewing machines were easy to operate and didn't require much maintenance. They were known for their durability and reliability. The 221 & 222 were recommended for home use instead of school because they used less electricity than other models at the time. Also, children liked them because they could see what was happening while it sewed.
Featherweights were sold around the world under various names by several companies after they were discontinued by Singer. In Europe, they were called Multo. In Australia, they were called Janome.