I know I have too many sewing machines, but....who could resist this cute White Singer Featherweight 221? It arrived in this lovely green and white case. My husband found this machine at a local thrift shop for only $10.00! Unbelievable.
As you can see, it's in beautiful condition. No scratches or paint chips. This machine was manufactured in the UK in the late 1960's. It's fairly rare as only a small number were made.
There are a few differences between the white featherweight and the black featherweights. The end piece on the white featherweight is, as you can see, white. It does not have the fancy scroll work or the vertical lines featured on the black models.
The fold up part of the bed is a bit shorter than on the black models. It also features a matching white motor with the Singer logo (so stylish!), and an internal belt.
The cords for the plug and foot petal are integrated into the machine, rather than as a separate plug in unit.
It has a clam shell style foot petal.
Aerial view of the White 221.
Another difference is the masonite board on the bottom of the machine, rather than a metal drip pan.
Here, you can see the logo on the front of the machine. It is a decal, instead of a metal plate. The black knob on the right is the light switch, and the backwards metal S is the bobbin tension. All these features are different from the black featherweights. It's interesting to see the changes implemented through the years of featherweight production.
All in all, this machine is in beautiful condition, and sews nicely. It's highly coveted among vintage sewing machine and featherweight collectors, and I'm sure I'll enjoy sewing my next project with this machine.
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