This is a working 1933 Singer Featherweight with case and accessories - first run production number. NEW INFO: Serial number AD549588.This 1933 Singer Featherweight, Model 221 sewing machine is in remarkable condition for its age. I've sewn with it briefly and it makes a nice stitch and runs smoothly and at different speeds. This machine is "correct" for its age, except for the numbered tensioner which some previous owner had installed. The face plate is the fancy, scrolled version with the unstamped, folded back edge. The stitch length plate is chrome, and the hand wheel has the chrome edge. The bed is a "split bed" and the light cover has the Singer name high up, rather than in the lower position. Is present - the Singer name is printed on the bulb, so it may be original.
Finally, it has the solid bobbin winding wheel and the original bobbin thread guide on the front, known as the "school bell" style. All the chrome on this machine is in lovely condition, with plenty of shine and very few dings and scratches.The black paint finish is also quite shiny in most places, with various scratches and dings. The paint on the light cover is dulled - this is the only large place like this. There is a very little wear on the gold decorations, mostly along the front edge of the bed. ALSO NOTE: For those who would like to restore the original character, I'm including a non-numbered tensioner from a 1934 machine. Please have this installed by a professional, since getting the tension right is crucial. The motor belt has some cracks, and isn't original, so I've added a v-style belt with a Singer stamp on it - again, I suggest getting a professional to install this for the new owner.
I also haven't oiled or greased this, and it looks to me like this wasn't used heavily, but has been stored for a long time. This machine comes with what's known as the Type I case, which is the rarest style.
My research indicates that these 1933 machines came with either a Type I or Type II case, and of course these are sometimes missing, having been replaced somewhere in their lives with newer cases. The fabric lining on the case and the tray is green, and this one is in quite good condition , with only a few scuffs, dings or other marks of age and use. The wide tray is very nice, and is also correct for the Type I case. This case came with no key, and both latches have issues. The latch on the left has no button, and the mechanism is hard to work - it came with a rubber band on the top section, which may have been added to keep it from locking itself closed???
The latch on right is stuck in the locked position, as it came to me. The outer black fabric has various scuffs and worn places, with the worst being on the bottom corners and edges. The handle appears to be original, and is in great shape for its age! NOTE: If the winner would prefer a newer case instead of the TYPE I case, they just have to let me know. The foot pedal with this machine is correct for its age and in nice shape.
There is some missing paint, and some of these areas have beginning rust. The feet on the bottom are very hard to the touch, but it has been rewired at some point and worked fine when I sewed briefly with this machine.
I'm happy to trade this for a "newer" bakelight version if the new owner prefers - just be sure to let me know. This machine came with very few accessories and a partial manual which is oil permeated - it doesn't feel oily, and I'll include it for the new owner. I've also provided a manual from December, 1935, which shows the second generation tension guide on the lower right front, and has all the appropriate information. There is definite wear on this, but it's complete and readable. I'm also including Nancy Johnson-Srebro's book, Featherweight 221, the Perfect Portable.
There is a reprint of a complete manual in it, along with lots of fun Featherweight facts - sorry, this didn't make the pictures. I've also added all the feet shown in the 1935 manual, and I'll be packing these in a box with the # 160809 on one end, and a couple of packets of vintage Singer needle packets - also not in the pictures. Finally, there are 6 extra bobbins that came with the machine.I consider this entire outfit to be in good to very good used condition, especially for its age! However, please examine all the pictures carefully to form your own opinion - sometimes my camera "sees" more than my eye. I've also tried to list all flaws, and give as much information as I know about these items. If you have any questions, or would like more pictures, please contact me. 1933 Singer FEATHERWEIGHT 221 sewing machine TYPE I CASE accessories ++" is in sale since Saturday, May 9, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Sewing (1930-Now)\Machines".
The seller is "lexie1543" and is located in Johnson City, Tennessee. This item can be shipped to United States.