Here is my beautiful (newly acquired!) 222K Featherweight. Featherweights (221, 222K’s) are often described as the “perfect portable” sewing machine due to their light weight aluminium build.
Can you see how this full size 66K hand-cranked Singer weights in at a whopping 32.2Ibs?
A 3/4 sized 99K Singer weighs (click here to read more about Suzy!) 20.8Ibs.
What a sewing sensation the Featherweight’s must have been, a 222K weighing just 12Ibs!!!! No wonder she has a reputation of portable perfection!
The next photo shows all 3 side by side so you can compare their sizes. The hinged bed featherweight extension gives a great sewing area, but yet allows you to fold it neatly away to fit into its carry case which is about the size of an old vinyl record carry case.
The black carry case of the 222K is on the right next to a red vintage LP vinyl case.
I also love how the serial number plate (which you find underneath the later Featherweight’s) allows you to find out the year of production. My 222K is a 1960’s edition and carries a Red S on the front as it’s one of the last models to run off the production line.
The 2 main difference between the 222K and the 221 models are:
- The 222K enables you to drop the dog feeds for free hand embroidery and darning – I was really lucky that my 222K came with the original embroidery hoop, foot and various other attachments. The sew / darn lever can be seen in the picture above.
- The 222K has a detachable sewing plate so you can “free-arm” sew on the tubular bed.
Featherweights are so quiet to use, they almost purr.
Although Featherweights only sew straight stitches, zigzag attachment’s were available to buy – I’ve yet to try this one out!
You press the square block on the left to make the motor work.
I would love to know what the block on the right hand side if for – does anyone know?
Update: One lovely reader has just emailed me to say The block on the right of the foot controller is to rest the sole of your foot on so that the controller button is operated by rocking your foot from side to side – thanks Judy!
The main flaw on my 222K seems to be a chipped foot controlled plug.
As a spare flat pin plug is pretty hard to find I’m probably going to change the socket connectors over to a round pin versions.
Thanks to Judy at Singer Sewing Info who has kindly explained how I can do this – her website is a wealth of information – pop over and take a look.
If you would like any more information on Singer Featherweights you may also want to check out Singer-featherweight.
And if you are keen to find out more on Antique sewing machines Sewalot is definitely worth a look.