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    Red badge featherweight

    I picked up a red badge featherweight at a garage sale today. Very pretty outside, definitely needs to be oiled. It didnt come with anything besides the case and foot pedal... Did the red badge ones come with the same set of accessories and manual as the others? Serial # dates it as a 1961.

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    Yes. There is no difference between the machines - other than the badges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskira View Post
    I picked up a red badge featherweight at a garage sale today. Very pretty outside, definitely needs to be oiled. It didnt come with anything besides the case and foot pedal... Did the red badge ones come with the same set of accessories and manual as the others? Serial # dates it as a 1961.
    I would like to see a picture of your machine, please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry View Post
    I would like to see a picture of your machine, please.
    Sure! These are before any clean up.







    Last edited by misskira; 06-03-2012 at 07:21 AM. Reason: Adding pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch's mom View Post
    Yes. There is no difference between the machines - other than the badges.
    There a couple of minor differences that I have noticed compared to my 1950something machine... The big ones are the light is a little bigger with a switch on it, rather than the switch on the bed. Also the needle plate has markings on it. Mostly I want to track down a set of accessories and a manual for it and piece it all back to whole. I want to get as close to original as possible because the hunt is fun. Thanks!

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    Wow nice looking Featherweight. A great find.

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    Congrats, beautiful machine, enjoy!!!!

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    I found this information about attachments when researching my new featherweights.
    Original Featherweight Attachments

    The attachments that originally came with the Featherweight seem to have varied by year. There are several original/copies of instruction books which show attachments as follows:

    1937 - Foot Hemmer, Adjustable Hemmer, Binder,Tucker, Ruffler, and Cloth Guide

    1941 and 1946 - Foot Hemmer, Adjustable Hemmer, Binder, EdgeStitcher, Gatherer, and Ruffler.

    1952 and 1955 - Foot Hemmer, Adjustable Hemmer, Multi-SlottedBinder, Edge Stitcher, Gatherer, and Ruffler.

    1964 - Zipper Foot, Binder, and SeamGuide. Optional extras are listed as Buttonholer, Edge Stitcher, Gatherer, Foot Hemmer, Quilter, Ruffler, and Tucker. This book is for the Standard white model 221K7 although it's dated 1964 and other references to the 221K7 that I've seen say it wasn't introduced until 1968.

    1977 - Foot Hemmer, Seam Guide, Binder,Zipper Foot, and Ruffler. Optional extras are Automatic Zig-Zagger,Buttonholer, Edge Stitcher, Gatherer, and Tucker. This book says Rev 1177 and may be a reprint. The machine appears to be white but is gear driven, has the longer bed extension, a toggle light switch and a different bobbin winder than the others. The face plate is painted like the standard 221K. The case is like the standard 221K except that it has 2 closure latches. I think it is for a model 221K5.

    All of the above attachments are the same as the ones that came with other straight-stitch low shank Singer models of the same year except for the foot hemmer which was different for Class 15 and Class 66 machines. The FW uses the Class 15 foot.

    The only attachment made specifically for the Featherweight that I've seen is the darning and embroidery attachment. It consists of a very large feed dog cover and a darning foot. The box says it fits 15 Class and 221 machines. The date is 1952. The feed dog covers were either black or chrome.


    Hope this information is what you need to complete your set!!! Enjoy your FW; I sure love mine!!!
    Last edited by KyKaren1949; 06-04-2012 at 04:15 AM.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    If those photos are before clean-up then it's going to be a beautiful machine as it already shines!!! Lucky and nice find.

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    I cleaned her up and oh boy is she pretty!! So shiny! I did a test sew last night and she purrs now that she's well oiled. I have another one, so I have to decide which to keep and which to sell. I'm not a collector so won't keep both. But I couldn't leave it at the garage sale where they didn't know anything about it. I am pretty attached to my first one so think I will keep it and sell this one. I need to order a new felt liner, spool spring and rubber cushions first.

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