Singer along with the Berlin-based agency "Culture Management Berlin" created a database of Singer sewing machine world productions in 2000 and 5 years later the list was finally finished and published in 2005.This database is the first and only complete database of Singer sewing machines productions in the world.The machine (model 221), adapted from an earlier portable, the Standard Sew Handy (which company was bought out by Singer) weighs about 11 pounds and has been found to be an ideal machine for quilters and other sewers to take to classes or "on location." Very quiet and sturdily made with all-metal parts (mostly aluminum), the Featherweight sews only straight stitches but it sews them very well.
It is therefore my goal to establish a database of serial numbers for the above models and create an accurate Year of Issue, which is the year of manufacture or year your sewing machine was actually made.
For those who collect toy machines, it's too big, weighing in at 11 lbs 1 oz. For those who collect antiques, it's too new, having been manufactured in the United States between 19 (with the white-colored 221K version made in Britain from 1963-68).
For modern seamstresses, it's too basic, sewing only a straight stitch without even a reverse setting on early models.
I'm more of a piecer, than an embellisher, so all I really need is a super straight stitch, along with the occassional zig zag for when I actually NEED to sew on a button by machine, or perhaps join scraps of batting together to make a piece that is big enough for whatever quilt I am getting ready to quilt! Nothing in the world can connect you to Quiltmakers Past than feeling the hum of their machines beneath your fingertips as the fabric pieces feed through. She came with bobbins, needles, thread, and the green button holer attachment box.
Over the years, having a passion for sewing machines, it seemed obvious that at some stage our home was going to become overcrowded with antique and vintage sewing machines that had been collected over the years.