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Thread: Where can I find a Featherweight cabinet?

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    I inherited a Singer Featherweight 221 machine (1953) from my MIL. I would like to find a cabinet for it.

    I am not looking to spend thousands on Ebay for a vintage cabinet, but I am wondering if anyone knows of a company that makes reproduction cabinets.

    I would like it to be a piece of furniture so I could use it as a display piece.

    My husband doesn't have carpentry skills so plans for making one wouldn't work for me. Thanks. ;)

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    I don't think there was ever a cabinet made for the Featherweight. It was sold with a table specially sized for it. The tables are very much sought-after because they are much rarer than the machine. A featherweight table in good condition can cost several hundred dollars.

    I would think that other cabinets could possibly be modified to house a featherweight. It seems to me, though, that the featherweight was not made with bolts the way most cabinet machines are. I think it was simply set on top of a metal "cradle" in the table so it would be flush with the working surface.

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    WOW, lucky you! Congrats on the FW!

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    Here is a site for featherweights and info. Also a table.

    http://www.jslyle.com/model221.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie
    Here is a site for featherweights and info. Also a table.

    http://www.jslyle.com/model221.htm
    Thank you for this. The table is beautiful. It measures 30" square, which is probably too large for the spot I have in mind. :-(

    Prism99...you're right..no way to mount it like other machines.

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    There was a cabinet made for the featherweights. I've seen pictures but they're rare, expensive and hard to find. I saw some reproductions for sale that were nicely made, they cost less but still pricey. These were probably on ebay if I remember right. You might google "Singer Featherweight Cabinet". Also you might check on needlebar for a picture.

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    Check out this web:

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...nd_tables.html

    Maybe you could find a square or oval table like this one.

    Good luck :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie
    Here is a site for featherweights and info. Also a table.

    http://www.jslyle.com/model221.htm
    This company makes reproductions of the featherweight table.they took an old one and made the new exactly the same... they are very reliable...I have seen them at many quilt shows and chatted for a while, a very nice couple. They also have real #221's not replica's.

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    Wow! Found this on eBay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Singer-221-1-Fea...item3f016e3cea

    I had never seen this cabinet before.

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    If you look on the web I suggested you'll see this cabinet :)

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    I have my 221 Featherweight from 1952, and she did not come with a cabinet but a table. This table looks like a card table but has a drop down insert in it for the machine to sit. When you remove the machine, it has a cover for the hole and you can use it like any other card table. It folds up for storage too. With the way the machine fits in the table, you have plenty of room on the left side and at the back for quilts or sewing project to land, more than some of my cabinets have.
    I know they are now making the reproduction tables as I saw one at the Knoxville AQS Show.

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    I have the original Featherweight table if you are interested. its in great condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Wow! Found this on eBay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Singer-221-1-Fea...item3f016e3cea

    I had never seen this cabinet before.
    This is the style cabinet I've seen, the oval top one. Somebody is making replicas, I'd love to have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetM
    I inherited a Singer Featherweight 221 machine (1953) from my MIL. I would like to find a cabinet for it.

    I am not looking to spend thousands on Ebay for a vintage cabinet, but I am wondering if anyone knows of a company that makes reproduction cabinets.

    I would like it to be a piece of furniture so I could use it as a display piece.

    My husband doesn't have carpentry skills so plans for making one wouldn't work for me. Thanks. ;)
    JanetM if I were you I wouldn't put it in cabnet these machine are light weight and perfect to take to work shops. So keep it like it is and just get a cabnet for another machine if you just want a pretty cabnet. You can find trudle on Cl for less then 100 depending on where you live.

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    Walmart has a very pretty wood card table got $59.00 that could modified by making a cut out and pulling a lower shelf under it for the machine to set in. Would look very similar to the one magpie posted a link to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetM
    I inherited a Singer Featherweight 221 machine (1953) from my MIL. I would like to find a cabinet for it.

    I am not looking to spend thousands on Ebay for a vintage cabinet, but I am wondering if anyone knows of a company that makes reproduction cabinets.

    I would like it to be a piece of furniture so I could use it as a display piece.

    My husband doesn't have carpentry skills so plans for making one wouldn't work for me. Thanks. ;)

    My folks have one....Will take a picture and of course ask if they would be interested in saling as Mom does not sew any more. Then do some checking (if U like) to have it shipped

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    I found a site that sells reproduction cabinets. I haven't bought one nor do I know anything about the company but this is the home page:

    http://bnddesign.net/default.html

    No affiliation.

    Joan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I don't think there was ever a cabinet made for the Featherweight. It was sold with a table specially sized for it. The tables are very much sought-after because they are much rarer than the machine. A featherweight table in good condition can cost several hundred dollars.

    I would think that other cabinets could possibly be modified to house a featherweight. It seems to me, though, that the featherweight was not made with bolts the way most cabinet machines are. I think it was simply set on top of a metal "cradle" in the table so it would be flush with the working surface.
    http://singerfeatherweight221.blogsp...l-cabinet.html
    Is this what you had in mind?
    http://s931.photobucket.com/albums/a....jpg&newest=1#!oZZ82QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fs931.photobucket.com %2Falbums%2Fad151%2Fjdlgrips%2FSinger%2520221%2520 Featherweight%2520Cabinet%2520Mod%252068%2520with% 2520Lift%2F%3Faction%3Dview%26current%3D013.jpg%26 newest%3D1

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