These "limited edition" models, commissioned for only one year, are sought after by collectors and will add slightly more value to the machine assuming the machine is in comparable condition to a standard Featherweight. The user's manual with this machine designates it as a 221-1 (not a 221 K).
The only blemish on the machine are minor scratches on the chrome needle plate, and on the chrome flywheel hub. These two chrome parts are (I think) available new as aftermarket replacements (#45940 throat/needle plate, and #51350 stop motion clamp screw) in which case this machine will be in staggering museum quality condition. See the last photo for a screen save of the available replacement for the throat plate.Otherwise, the black enamel finish is near flawless. The stenciling is near flawless. The corner of one stencil is faded. The Singer brandings are near flawless.
Note the original OEM black enameled hand wheel is essentially perfect. Singer changed to the all black handwheel in 1940 when production moved to the UK, replacing the earlier chrome edge black (US) wheels. Therefore you sometimes see these 1940s-1950s models with hand wheels featuring chrome edges. That's because the original black wheels on the 40-50s models (like this one) easily became chipped and were then replaced with earlier chrome edge aftermarket parts.
This machine has the original all black hand wheel in perfect all original collectible condition. The case is likewise all original in miraculous condition. The only restoration in this entire package is that the case exterior has been resprayed after 66 years of sitting in a closet. Inside the case, the original black satin floral liner is in perfect condition. The photos show virtually every flaw on the machine (almost none).Works normally with the original pedal. This machine had one owner in northern New Jersey who passed recently.
It has never been in the collector marketplace until now. Comes with the accessories shown including the owner's manual, a buttonholer and an empty oil can. The item "1951 SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 CENTENNIAL SEWING MACHINE Immaculate, one owner" is in sale since Thursday, November 02, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Sewing (1930-Now)\Machines". The seller is "collectimatic" and is located in Pine Brook, New Jersey.
This item can be shipped to United States.