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Thread: Another Featherweight question

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    Another Featherweight question


    I'm trying to find out the "birthdate" for my Featherweight.
    I know hoe to find the year by the serial number, but how can you find the actual month & day??
    In my quilt lab!

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    I don't think you can get that close.

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    You've looked on here?

    http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_mach...-database.html

    I found mine. It was manufactured in February 19, 1947 and it is a FW 221, there were 20,000 of them manufactured.

    Hope you can find yours.

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    I can not find my serial number on my Featherweight. Some previous/owner person shaved it off. Do you think Featherweights were "hot items" at one time in their glory years. I would say they are still "hot". Thanks, Kathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    You've looked on here?

    http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_mach...-database.html

    I found mine. It was manufactured in February 19, 1947 and it is a FW 221, there were 20,000 of them manufactured.

    Hope you can find yours.
    Thanks I was going off the singer site and was just getting the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Grace View Post

    I'm trying to find out the "birthdate" for my Featherweight.
    I know hoe to find the year by the serial number, but how can you find the actual month & day??
    If you could email me a couple photos of the machine and the case I can get pretty close. There were some small differences in the machines that help to date and also in the case. You can use Personal message to do this.
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    However you look at it, they were hot items.
    Quote Originally Posted by ChattyKathy View Post
    I can not find my serial number on my Featherweight. Some previous/owner person shaved it off. Do you think Featherweights were "hot items" at one time in their glory years. I would say they are still "hot". Thanks, Kathy

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    The date on ISMACS site is the date the number range was allocated, so if you look at that and the next one for your model number, you can get a pretty good idea of when it was made. And you could assume if you have an early number in the range, it would be closer to the allocation date, and vise versa for an other one.

    I looked up the 2-19-47 range, and the next allocation of numbers for model 221 is 4/22/1947. Some models that didn't have much production may not get numbers allocated near as often. The tables are rather interesting to study, and it would be really neat to know if Singer had multiple lines to produce different models at the same time, or needed to switch out and do individual productions runs. I suspect they probably had multiple lines going at the same time.
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    Thanks for the more detailed info....
    I now know my newest girl is a 1954 model. Between April 22 and Jan.17th of 1955. Since the Model # is AL722---, I will assume that she was born in the fall of 1954.
    They made 50,000 221's in that batch...
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    That's not actually the birthdate of your particular machine. The date is of when that particular lot of serial numbers was assigned.
    Christy

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