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    Old 12-03-2016, 04:55 PM
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    Default How do you figure out the model of a Featherweight?

    Hi everyone!!
    I am now the owner of a Singer Featherweight. However, I can't seem to figure out the model#.
    The decal only says "Made in Great Britain".
    It came with a few accessories, but no owner manual.
    The cord to the foot pedal has a worn place, and one of the latches on the case is broken, but other than that, she's beautiful!!

    I just picked her up from the post office this morning, then spent most of the day doing farm work, so I haven't had a chance to play with her yet.

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated!!
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    Old 12-03-2016, 05:59 PM
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    A flat bed FW is a model 221. A free arm FW is a 222.

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    Old 12-03-2016, 06:01 PM
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    Thanks!
    She has a flat piece that folds up to allow her to fit in her case.

    So, I guess she's a 221, then.
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    Tried to make a link, but I'm no good with that on the iPad. If you google www.singersewinginfo.uk.co/featherweight you will get a ton of info on your machine. I'm guessing it's a black machine, probably made in the US before 1953, but I could be wrong.

    Does it sew properly? I've found that the most likely thing to go wrong is getting thread wrapped around the bobbin case or even behind it. So, always hold your top and bottom thread tails tightly when you take the first stitch. You can avoid a lot of frustration. Ask me how I know!
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    Yes, if it has a bed that folds up, it's a 221. Is it white or black? Mostly it's the white ones I've seen being made in GB. Certainly not an expert by any means so not sure about black ones made in GB. But enjoy your new baby! Make sure you clean/oil her properly or take her in for service if you're not comfortable doing that yourself. They are great machines. But as MFord says, hang onto those tails when you take your first stitches!
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    Take off the drip pan on the bottom, and then you will be able to see the serial number. With that information, you can start the research.

    April1930s.com has a list of the serial number ranges with dates.
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    Thank you everyone for all the wonderful information!!

    I haven't sewn on her yet, so I'll have to see how that goes.
    I learned to sew on my grandmother's treadle Singer, so it's automatic for me to hold the thread tails, even when it's "supposedly" not necessary on the newer machines.

    She's black, and her emblems are in pretty nice shape, not a lot of wear on them. I'm at work right now, so it will have to wait until this evening to start doing more research.

    The previous owner had said she just had it serviced, so we'll see how that goes. Neat thing is, I found her on Facebook's "Marketplace"... and because of the really nice conversations I had with the previous owner, I now have a new customer for my longarm business, even though she's a couple of states away! She's sending a "Christmas Baltimore Album" for me to custom quilt for her!

    I'm really excited - both about my new toy and about my new customer!!
    Thank you again, everyone, for all the wonderful information. I've pretty much quit asking my questions about quilting stuff anywhere else but here!!
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