Friday, August 2, 2013

Singer Featherweight - Tinkerbell

Well what can I say?  For a few years now, I have been telling myself not to buy any more sewing machines.  After all, even the most avid sewer can only use two or three machines at once not ten or more.  So my goal has been to own only eight sewing machines and one serger.  From January 1, 2013 until the end of June 2013 I did not buy even one sewing machine.  Then in July, I fell off the wagon buying the Elna 62C and a Brother that hasn't been blogged about yet.

Now along comes August the 1st, and I add this one to my sewing machine family.  It seems that everyone I know who dabbles in vintage sewing machines eventually purchases this model.  My new-to-me Singer Featherweight 221 was for sale locally on ebrandon.
The case is in good condition, I just need to find a key for it.
The little shelf box on the left hand side was not in place, it was missing a screw.  After taking these photos, I got another screw and reinstalled the black box.
 Here she is my tiny Tinkerbell!
The machine base and decals are in excellent condition.
  Complete with accessories and manual.
At only 11 pounds (24.2 kilograms) this black beauty is easy to transport.
 The off-white spool of thread came with the machine.
The bobbin thread is light brown.  Tinkerbell's tension is excellent.
 Her motor runs smoothly and quietly.
I set up the thread guide for a scant 1/4 inch seam for piecing quilts.

The next quilt I make will be pieced on Tinkerbell.
Dear Readers,  Do you have a Singer Featherweight?  If yes, how did you acquire it?  What do you sew with it?
Sigh ~ once again, I am back up to a baker's dozen sewing machines and one serger.
Happy stitching all.


  1. We should join sewing machine collectors anonymous! Lane

  2. I've had a black featherweight for a few years and love how it sews. Last week I bought a white one from an antique shop here in Winnipeg. It's beautiful!

  3. Very nice. I don't have a black featherweight, but I have a celery green one we acquired from our neighbor's kids when their mother went into a care center. You should make a nice little cover for your extension table when you fold it up so the screw on the face place doesn't mark the bed up. Have fun!

  4. Aniexma - YOU bought the white one?? I have been eyeing that machine in THAT store for a while now. ;)

    1. Probably not, I bought mine from a friend who owns an antique shop (right out of the back of his van) - mine never appeared in the shop. There might still be another out there!

  5. Tammy, a feather in good running condition is a beautiful thing. I have a Cranberry Cocktail painted one from 1935 that was restored from scrappy to fabulous by Desk Dave. It was a gift from hubby's entire family and hubby for my 40th birthday.
    Its a play machine for me, I have enjoyed making some quilt tops with it. There are loads of accessories available to fit the featherweight- all good fun.

  6. Mine is a red 'S' featherweight which finally showed up for me on local Craigslist at a very reasonable price. A few months prior, I really tried to buy one and it just didn't work out. I guess when the time is right, it finds you. I wasn't looking for any special featherweight. Just a nice looking, working one. I ended up with a red 'S' that is n pristine condition. A quick search resulted that it was made on my patents' wedding anniversary. My first vintage machine was a Singer 15-91 and was born in the same year my mother was born. My mother is an excellent sewer who has been sewing all her life!

  7. Aren't you lucky...this little machine is on my wish day :o)


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