Singer 221-1, the Featherweight

by Janice

Singer 221-1, the very photogenic Featherweight.

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I passed my jiu jitsu belt test a few weeks ago and decided it was a good excuse to buy myself a new machine. At least two of you out there are already the proud owners of a Singer Featherweight. I know it’s very popular amongst quilters and it produces a beautiful straight stitch. I also wanted to return to the feel of sewing with a machine with a substantial feel.

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The Singer 201-2.

I learned to sew on a Singer 201-2, a huge black machine that comes bolted to the table. It only sews in one direction and is probably from the 40s. (More on this machine in the future.) The 201-2 ended up with electrical problems (which I later fixed a few months later) and in the interim I bought the total opposite of this machine: a pastel green Hello Kitty Janome machine that is meant for children who are learning how to sew.

The super cute Hello Kitty machine.

At this point I wasn’t sure how long I’d stay with sewing, since I’ve been making patterns that didn’t fit me for months and months. I wanted something that wasn’t too expensive and wasn’t too complicated to use. Compared to the 201-2, the Hello Kitty machine is fairly loud and sews very very slowly.

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The Featherweight came in its original case.

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The top part holds the foot. The machine goes in the middle part, and on the side is a box that has bobbins, the instruction manual, and some feet.

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Front view.

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It also came with some buttonholers. It looks similar to the buttonholer in the Singer 201-2, but I have yet to compare them.

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My Esteemed Sewing Assistant likes to inspect all new things.