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Thread: Has anyone ever seen a 221 FW with an oval under the badge saying 221-A?

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    Has anyone ever seen a 221 FW with an oval under the badge saying 221-A?

    I seen a 221 FW today that had an oval under the Singer badge which said 221-A. It had a singer light, but I can't find any info on a machine having this oval badge. It was a very nice machine, but I don't want to purchase a clone. Any help will be most appreciated. TIA.

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    Is it similar to this? (I borrowed this image from cindysantiquequilts.com/dynapage/IP315.htm)
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    Other people might have more insight into this, but I have seen pictures of quite a few Featherweights with this type of label, including black ones. I'm not sure what the A would stand for; the J in this picture is because it was made in Canada, and the K often seen means made in Scotland.

    I've never heard of a Featherweight clone, so I suspect it's genuine if it looks right in all other ways. Could you post a photo of it? People might be able to give you more input then.

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    Somewhere in the back of my mind I think the "A" signifies Anderson, SC. But, were some FWs manufactured in Anderson? Someone will know.

    I found this quote on ISMACS concerning the manufacturing of the 301a; "I no longer own this machine, but I thought it would be nice to include. This machine is identical to my 301a in body style and parts. The "a" in "301a"stands for where the machine was made - Anderson, SC - and is the only difference between them."
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    I've seen many - it's not a clone. The "A" is for where is was made.

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    Thanks for the help everyone. My oops though!! I went back and checked it over and the bottom badge said "221-". It seems to not have been used much. The case is in nearly new condition. It has a manual, however missing the front cover and is missing the screws that hold the extension on. The serial is AM697287 which gives a January 29, 1957 birthday. The decals are in mint condition. I already have a 1947 model with no case or manual, but have a zigzagger attachment I found at a thrift shop for it...cheap. So now I am proud to say I have two FW. I bought it!!! Love these little machines and the song they sing as I sew.

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    I love the music of the machine. My 1941 15 sings in E flat. Once I put the 185 in a wooden box, it went from clickety click to, well I'd have to get out the tuning fork, but very pleasant to listen to. No, haven't seen a 221-A. Sorry, to much of my brain is taken up by music.
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    The case for my new baby has what looks like splatters of white paint on it. What is the best to clean these cases. I sure don't want to take the black off. It isn't really terrible, but if I can clean it I will. TIA.

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