The Singer Featherweight is a model series of lockstitch domestic sewing machines produced by the Singer Manufacturing Company from 1933 to 1968. They are significant among vintage sewing machines for their continuing popularity, active use by quilters, and high collector's value.
Introduced as the model 221 during the 1933 World's Fair, the model boasted aluminum construction, small size, and a weight of only 11 pounds (5 kg). A free arm version, model 222k, was produced in Scotland from c.1954 to c.1964. It is estimated that Singer produced and sold some 3.0–3.5 million Featherweight machines during the model's lifetime.
Despite being out of production for many decades, Featherweights are sought after and used by quilters.
- Ybarra, Carolyn M. "Quilter's Treasure: Singer Featherweight Portables". International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society News. 27. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
- Rosson, Joe; Helaine Fendelman (23 September 2007). "Sewing machine's condition largely determines its value". The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia). p. E2.
It may surprise some to learn that most Singer sewing machines made in the 20th century have a only a [sic] modest monetary value, and few collectors are interested in owning one. In fact, most post-1900 Singer sewing machines are worth less than $200, and finding a buyer for one of these machines can be difficult. / The Singer Featherweight sewing machine is an exception. It is nowhere near being an antique but there are a large number of people out there who search for this type of machine and will pay good money.
- Johnson-Srebro, Nancy (2005). Featherweight 221: The Perfect Portable® And Its Stitches Across History, Expanded Third Edition. (Expanded 3rd ed.). Lanham: C & T Pub. p. 40. ISBN 1607053799.
- Cox, Meg (2007). The quilter's catalog : A comprehensive resource guide. New York: Workman. p. 112. ISBN 0761138811. Retrieved 27 February 2013.