Once you have used a vintage Singer Model 221 or 222 Featherweight sewing machine you will know why they are referred to as "The Perfect Portable", and why a whole new generation of sewing machine collectors and seamstresses have fallen in love with them!
The popularity of these sewing machines with quilters and other fabric artisans has helped uncover a wealth of information regarding the production history of this machine and its many variations.
When I serviced it I found it to be exceptionally clean.
This 1930's era 221 sewing machine was one of the earliest that Singer produced.
As you'd expect, far fewer of these early FWs are found compared to the later ones.
The differences in prices reflect variations in cosmetic condition---fine details such as the degree of wear, if any, to the gold decals, the degree of shine to the black paint / clearcoat finish, the degree of wear to the fabric cover of the case, whether or not the machine includes other accessories such as attachments, an oil can, original Singer instruction booklet, etc.
If you are looking for a good, strong, working sewing machine that you can use day in and day out and you don't want to spend a small fortune to get it, chose one of these Featherweights from the lower price range.
It comes with an assortment of attachment feet and the original Singer 221 instruction manual is included as well.
The carry case is in very good condition---it's the early style and complete with the top tray.These sewing machines are some of the nicest examples you are ever likely to find!But please keep in mind that every Featherweight that has been used, no matter how infrequently or how carefully, will display some signs of use---minor pin marks, small paint chips or scrapes, some loss to the gold decaling, etc.The carry case is in very nice condition as well, complete with its full-width upper tray. It's fully serviced---cleaned, oiled, adjusted, sew-tested, and polished. Overall it is very bright and shiny with a glossy reflective finish.A host of accessories are included and it has the original Singer manual. There are just minimal "pin-marks" to the clearcoat. The decorative gold decals are very presentable, noting a tiny amount of loss in one spot along the front edge, and the loss to a couple of the letters in "The Singer Manufacturing Co" decal on the back side.All of these vintage sewing machines look good and sew great!