historic sewing

First Came Standard's Sewhandy, Then Came Singer's Featherweight

The classic used sewing machine sought by quilters throughout the United State is, and has for some time been, the Singer Featherweight. The classic of the classics is Singer Model 221, pictured at the right, first introduced at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. It was followed by the 222 series. While models in use today are predominantly black, Singer did produce these machines in other colors.


The Singer Model 221 Featherweight weighs 11-pounds, 1-ounce. Its predecessor, the Standard Machine Company's Sewhandy, weighed 12 pounds and is reputed to have performed admirably. It was a well-balanced

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