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Featherweight 221 Serial Numbers

The following are the batch serial numbers for 221 machines made at the Elizabethport, New Jersey factory

From NumberTo Number QuantityAllocation Date
AD 541546AD 551545100003 October 1933
AD 720746EE 7307451000010 September 1934
AD 781846AD 7818451000027 November 1934
AD 880156AD 8901551000018 March 1935
AD 937406AD 9474051000024 June 1935
AE 000001AE 007000700023 September 1935
AE 054366AE 0643651000010 December 1935
AE 076516AE 0865151000025 March 1936
AE 207616AE 2226151500023 July 1936
AE 294041AE 309040150005 November 1936
AE 407941AE 4229401500015 March 1937
AE 536661AE 5566402000011 June 1937
AE 770591AE 790590200008 December 1937
AE 973541AE 9935402000024 May 1938
AF 070706AF 0907052000010 October 1938
AF 161806AF 1818052000015 February 1939
AF 244106AF 2641052000011 July 1939
AF 371856AF 391855200005 December 1939
AF 477181AF 4971802000010 April 1940
AF 571881AF 5968802500015 August 1940
AF 740751AF 760750200007 January 1941
AF 863951AF 883950200001 April 1941
AF 998251AF 99999917491 July 1941
AG 000001AG 018250182501 July 1941
AG 526101AG 5461002000019 September 1945
AG 602856AG 6228552000018 February 1946
AG 689391AG 709390200004 June 1946
AG 804771AG 8247702000016 September 1946
AG 848346AG 8583451000025 October 1946
AG 869446AG 8894452000022 November 1946
AG 970946AG 9909452000019 February 1947
AH 050371AH 0703702000022 April 1947
AH 110971AH 1319702000022 June 1947
AH 193771AH 2237703000019 August 1947
AH 316071AH 3460703000028 October 1947
AH 413571AH 4435703000022 January 1948
AH 550921AH 5809203000020 April 1948
AH 640321AH 6703203000018 June 1948
AH 799121AH 829120300001 October 1948
AH 973921AH 999999260799 December 1948
AJ 000001AJ 013920139209 December 1948
AJ 103721AJ 1437204000015 March 1949
AJ 189171AJ 2291704000018 November 1949
AJ 348371AJ 3883704000023 January 1950
AJ 552721AJ 5927204000031 March 1950
AJ 615621AJ 655620400001 June 1950
AJ 781321AJ 8213204000022 August 1950
AJ 887721AJ 9377205000026 October 1950
AK 071321AK 1213205000029 January 1951
AK 389576AK 4395755000010 May 1951
AK 576776AK 6267755000031 October 1951
AK 745676AK 7956755000020 February 1952
AK 984876AK 9999991512411 August 1952
AL 000001AL 0348753487511 August 1952
AL 158501AL 2085005000012 December 1952
AL 389361AL 439360500004 May 1953
AL 524941AL 5749405000014 October 1953
AL 689041AL 7390405000022 April 1954
AL 900891AL 9508905000017 January 1955
AM 137761AM 1877605000010 June 1955
AM 361036AM 4110355000027 February 1956
AM 652586AM 7025855000029 January 1957
AM 771106AM 8211055000027 September 1957
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Singer Featherweight 221 and 222 Serial Numbers

Total # AD Machines 53,044

Total # AE Machines 132,000

Total # AF Machines 166,749

Total # AG Machines 148,250

Total # AH Machines 246,079

Total # AJ Machines 303,920

Total # AK Machines 215,124

Total # AL Machines 284,875

Total # AM Machines 200,000

Total # EE Machines 22,000

Total # EF Machines 60,000

Total # EG Machines 50,000

Total # EH Machines 60,000

Total # EK Machines 15,000

Total # EM Machines 10,000

Total # EN Machines 5,500

Total # ES Machines 35,000

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Featherweight 221K Serial Numbers

The following are the batch serial numbers for 221k_serial_numbers machines made at the Kilbowie factory in Scotland

From NumberTo Number QuantityAllocation Date
EE 152221EE 15272050025 August 1947
EE 452721EE 45322050024 December 1947
EE 573424EE 578423500014 May 1948
EE 802479EE 807478500021 September 1948
EE 853479EE 8634781000010 December 1948
EF 154176EF 1641751000023 May 1949
EF 278731EF 2887301000017 August 1949
EF 558931EF 568930100007 November 1949
EF 688016EF 6980151000014 February 1950
EF 700569EF 7105681000024 April 1950
EF 907629EF 9176281000019 July 1950
EG 072001EK 082000100009 October 1950
EG 302861EG 3128601000018 December 1950
EG 343861EG 353860500015 February 1951
EG 433821EG 4448201100029 March 1951
EG 637821EG 6478201000016 May 1951
EG 703321EG 7133201000017 July 1951
EG 957781EG 9677801000017 October 1951
EH 001027EH 0110261000018 December 1951
EH 132547EH 1425461000029 February 1952
EH 236097EH 2460961000028 April 1952
EH 370347EH 3803461000022 July 1952
EH 625778EH 635777100008 October 1952
EH 890433EH 900432100004 March 1953
EJ 211989EJ 21698850004 September 1953
EK 203139EK 2131381000014 February 1955
EK 986373EK 991372500020 December 1955
EL 537735EL 542734500013 June 1956
EM 016257EM 02125650009 January 1957
EM 596007EM 60100625002 August 1957
EN 235134EN 238133300017 April 1958
EN 826834EN 829333250027 October 1958
EP 256021EP 257520150018 May 1959
ES 170544ES 17554350003 November 1960
ES 239244ES 2492431000010 January 1961
ES 648144ES 6581431000015 May 1961
ES 873744ES 8837431000019 August 1961
ET 061345ET 071344100002 November 1961
EV 776991EV 82699050,00003 March 1964
EV 8466??1964
EV 909???EV 998???1964
EW 061691EW 071690100006 August 1968
EY 84????EY 99????
FA 098???FA 132???1968/69
FA 202???FA 288???1968/69


221K machines up until 1951 had a plain gold badge, During 1951 a special 'Centenary' badge with a blue border was used in commemaration of Singer's 100th anniversary. From 1952 a gold badge with a black patterned border was used.

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Serial numbers featherweight

Where is the serial number on a featherweight?

Serial numbers for Singer Featherweights are located on a raised boss on the underside of the machine. Lay your machine on its back and look on the left hand side of the main body (not the folding extension table).

Click to see full answer.

Keeping this in consideration, how do I identify my featherweight sewing machine?

To date your Singer Featherweight, you will need to locate the serial number on the bottom of your machine. It has two letters followed by a series of six numbers. Using the serial number you can use the charts below to find the date when your machine was given a batch assignment at the factory.

Also, when was my Singer Featherweight made? On October 3, 1933, Singer commissioned the first batch of 10,000 model 221 sewing machines, marketing them as the Singer Featherweight.

People also ask, how do I look up a singer serial number?

To identify when a model was made, you need to first find the Singer sewing machine serial number. The number can be found near the on/off switch on newer machines, and on the front panel or on a small plate on older machines.

How much is a Singer Featherweight 221 worth?

The 301/301A models are substantially less expensive than either of the Featherweight models, with current prices being $150. In contrast, the average current price for a SINGER® 221 Featherweight is $350.00. The rarer, and even more desirable, SINGER® 222K is currently selling for between $800 and $2000.

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White Vintage 1964 Singer 221k Featherweight Sewing Machine EV912952

How to Date a Featherweight Sewing Machine (History, Cost)

Knowing how old your sewing machine is goes a long way in determining its value. Once you get the value then you can decide if you want to hang onto your machine or sell it to make a few extra dollars.

To find the date your machine was made, all you need is the serial number. The serial number for the featherweight begins with 2 letters and is found on the bottom of your machine. It will be in one of two places. The area next to the bottom tray and inside the bottom tray itself.

To learn more about dating the Singer Featherweight sewing machine, just continue to read our article. It has the data you need to get an accurate age and possible value. The featherweight was made between 1933 and 1961 with some extended up to 1968 or 69.

What Are Featherweight Sewing Machines?

The original Featherweight sewing machine was a lock stitch model that seemed to gain a lot of popularity very quickly. Even today they are highly valued and sought after by collectors of fine sewing machines.

The company started with the 221 and was experimenting with its final design even while production was going on. That will explain why your 221 model is a bit different from your friends’ or relatives’ models.

These machines are supposed to be easy to operate and work with. They brought a lot of ease and comfort to many people’s sewing experience. They seem to be easy to use and can be threaded without too much trouble.

Parts shouldn’t be too hard to get as they are a sewing machine that many people still use today when they can get their hands on one.

The Featherweight Sewing Machine History


It was Oct. 3, 1933, when the company commissioned its new Featherweight sewing machine model. It was called the 221 and 10,000 were ordered for the first run. Because the company hadn’t decided finally on the design there were minor differences found between these initial 10,000 sewing machines.

Then the sewing machine made its debut at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair and the badge depicts that debut with the Chicago name and date. Just look at the badge to get a date on those initial sewing machines.

You will find these specialty badges on different featherweight machines as they commemorated different events throughout those early years. The Texas Centennial Exposition is another example of those specialty badges.

Throughout the 1930s, the machine went through a lot of minor changes, and to see those you canclick on this link. There are just too many to mention here. One keynote is that during the war years of 1942 to 1944 no Featherweight sewing machines were made. This was due to the Limitation Order L-98,

In 1953 Singer made the 222 but that machine was not marketed in America but in other western countries only. This model continued to be produced until 1961. The 221 went on to be made until 1969 although the exact number produced is not known.

How to Identify a Featherweight Sewing Machine


This may be a lot simpler than it sounds. Because the machine became so popular and Singer liked it so much, they made sure it could be identified very easily. Prior to 1953, the 221 was the only model of the featherweight made.

You can see the date of manufacture if the sewing machine is carrying one of the several different badges Singer placed on their machines. The date is quite clear as the badge honors different celebrations including its own centennial celebration.

In 1941 and 45 Singer placed blackened parts on their 221 machines as there was a ban on using chromium at the time. If your machine has an MR on it, that unit was destined for Latin American countries but some remained in America and were on the 1947 221 model approx.

Just before the company started to make the 222 model, they placed a 221 badge under the regular badge to separate it from the new model about to be released. A K was added to the 221 badge when the machines were made in the UK from 1959 to 61.

How Much Does a Featherweight Sewing Machine Weigh?

You would think that an all-metal sewing machine would weigh a ton. Most of them do but not the Singer Featherweight. That means there is a deeper meaning to the name than you may have thought.

Singer was experimenting with aluminum when it made the featherweight machine. The total weight came to about 11 pounds. Yes, you read that right. 11 pounds making it an easy sewing machine to relocate when it became necessary to do so.

This lightweight extended to the 222k which was supposed to be made for the European market.

Featherweight Sewing Machine Dimensions


Despite is lightweight, the featherweight sewing machine listed in approx. At 18 by 14 by 12 inches overall. That may not be the correct size for all the different 221 and 222 models made by Singer.

Because the company made countless changes over the years on production it stands to reason that the machine changed sizes during those decades. Some people compare the Featherweight to the classic 1957 Chevy.

Size did not matter when the machine was considered a masterpiece in engineering. That was what the featherweight was, a masterpiece showing that sewing machines can be beautiful pieces of machinery that will last a long time.

Who Painted Featherweight Sewing Machines

Most likely, the Singer company had a division that handled the painting chores when they produced their Featherweight sewing machines. They could have contracted the job out but painting 10,000 or more every year would be a giant task for any painting contractor that had a shop outside of the Singer manufacturing plants.

But if you want to upgrade the look on your classic Featherweight machine, you can go to just about any painting company that handles repainting old machines. There is a lot of work involved with repainting and not just everyone wants to do that kind of detailed work.

Your best bet would be to check with some sewing machine repair shops and see who they recommend. You could do a local internet search to find a company near you but as we have said, the sky is the limit on who can paint your sewing machine.

It may be a task for your in-home DIY expert

How Much do Featherweight Sewing Machines Cost?


The original price tag for the years between 1933 and 1950ish is between $125 and $200. Someone took the trouble to adjust for inflation and that price tag reaches about $2000 in today’s money.

The current value will range and is very subjective. It will depend on who the owner is, and emotional ties can bring the price up quite high. One person is selling their model on eBay for around $500.

Others are being sold on that website for between $170 and $600 so it will depend on the accessories you get, the condition it is in as well as other factors. There was one model selling for only $77 so don’t get your hopes up just yet.

To get top dollar the machine should work and be in the best condition possible.

How Old is My Featherweight Sewing Machine?

That is a good question. If your sewing machine has a specialty badge then you just need to look on it to find the date of your sewing machine within a year or so. The Singer centennial badge was on their 221s for 3 years.

We cannot reproduce the exact chart here but there are 3 you can use to date your featherweight. They are all found onthis website. But we can say that if your featherweight is not listed there are 3 reasons for why that takes place. Those reasons are also listed on that website and just above the chart.

Dating your Singer Featherweight is not going to be hard because Singer kept excellent records and the machines were made at the right time in history.

Featherweight Serial Numbers


The serial numbers for both the 221 and 222 are found on the bottom of the machine. Sometimes they were placed inside the bottom tray or underneath it. Generally, they will be found next to the bottom tray.

The serial numbers start with 2 letters then have 6 digits following those letters. If the first letter was an A, then it was made in New Jersey. If it had an E then it was made in Scotland and if the first letter was a J it was made in Canada.

The problem you are going to run into when you start checking serial numbers is that they did not go in order from year to year. This problem was done in all 3 locations.

Featherweight Needles

Needles for your featherweight sewing machine should not be that hard to find. All you need to fit both the 221 and the 222 is the Schmetz universal 80/12. That is the easy part as the 221 and 222 do not accept the needle in the traditional manner.

When facing your machine the flat part of the needle needs to face left. It won’t work that well if you place the flat side facing right. You may end up breaking the needle or having the machine stitch badly.

The difference in the two positions is minute but large enough to make a world of difference. Like any masterpiece, it doesn't take much to ruin the performance of the machine when you make minute errors like slipping the needle in wrong.

Where to Buy Featherweight Sewing Machines


Here is the good news. There are many places that you can buy a Singer featherweight sewing machine. The bad news is that you may have a tough time deciding where you want to make your purchase.

These are very popular machines that hold their value so expect to pay a nice fee when you want to make a purchase. eBay is one location you can go to and they seem to have quite a few listed on their website.

Then you can go to Craigslist or some other internet classified website to find more models for sale. An internet search will turn up several companies that deal with Featherweight sewing machines and some of them have a lot of information on these sewing machines. One example isthis website.

Antique shops, sewing machine repair shops, and other similar places, including auction houses, should have some or a line on where you can get one model for yourself.

Finding a Featherweight Sewing Machine Manual

The first option you have is also a free option. They have PDF downloads available and several manuals that fit different 221 and 222 sewing machines. Just click hereto get to those selections.

Then you can trythis locationif the first one does not have the one you want. If you do not want to buy a manual, there is one you can read onlineat this link. Whether it matches your unit or not is another question.

eBay may have some for sale. Just put Singer Featherweight manuals in the search box and see which ones come up.

Some Final Words

Owning a masterpiece in engineering helps build your self-confidence and give you a rise in status in the sewing machine world. Owning the Featherweight sewing machine may well be the best feather in your cap you can get.

Both the 221 and 222 are superb machines that should work well even after 80 years of previous service. Go with the best to get the best results and satisfaction from your work.

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