Dating your singer featherweight

26 Apr

I'm going to guess that the base of the machine is shaped like the back of a fiddle and, if so, it's a Singer New Family, not a No 2. PRICES: The average price paid for a black 221 since 1990 has been 1.

--------------------------- Date: Wed, -0500 From: [email protected]: Identification/dating of machines Here's the latest from Singer Consumer Affairs on 3 of my machines - any and all comments are welcome, as I am totally confused at this point ! 86 were purchased for under 0, and the most expensive was 0.

Another distinguishing feature of the 221K4 is it is the only featherwieght model that has R. Sorry I don't have any definitave information about which colors each of the models were painted. The explanation tells us that: the S was the particular assembly line on which the machine was put together the 8 indicates 1981 the 247 indicates the day of the year (Sept 4) the 053 indicates that it was the 53rd machine built that day.

Jim in Thomaston GA ---------------------------- Date: 26 Feb 96 EST From: Graham Forsdyke ([email protected]) Subject: CONTRIBUTIONS/To Lisa: Re factory designations. I have in front of me as I write a Singer explanation of serial numbers. The second example is A1061C027 the A indicates Anderson, South Carolina the 1 indicates 1981 the 061 indicates the day of the year (march 2) the C indicates the assembly line the 027 indicates the 27th machine that day.

According to Singer UK it is not possible to date machines to the day until after 1970 when a code was used within the serial number.

It could well be that batches of numbers were allocated to various factories on a given day (and this is the birthday we get) and used until exhausted when a new batch would be allocated.

Another check you can make to determine which model you have is to check the model number of the motor (see the plate mounted on the motor).

As for her second machine, the No 2, the situation gets into farce. The following is the number of people who responded by state, and the number of machines by state: AK-5 persons with 14 machines, AL-10/22, AR-2/2, AZ-14/19, CA-72/118, CO-5/6, CT-6/6, DE-1/1, FL-19/37, GA-10/12, IA-12/19, ID-4/4, IL-18/24, IN-13/16, KS-7/7, KY-2/3, LA-4/4, MA-9/11, MD-13/40, ME-4/5, MI-25/28, MN-7/11, MO-8/9, MS-1/3, MT-2/10, NC-7/11, NE-6/8, NH-4/6, NJ-18/23, NM-5/15, NV-1/1, NY-22/33, OH-24/32, OK-4/78, OR-23/27, PA-20/36, SC-2/3, SD-1/1, TN-5/9, TX-24/32, UT-3/4, VA-31/54, VT-1/1, WA-32/43, WI-11/11, WY-4/6, Australia-8/9, Alberta, Canada- 3/10, British Columbia, Canada-7/10, Nova Scotia, Canada-2/6, Ontario, Canada-18/30, New Zealand-3/4, Taiwan-1/1, United Kingdom-1/1.

These two machines both have build dates of 8/11/52 (along with 10 other machines on the survey).

You can see that Singer obviously used a standard progression in assigning numbers.

Just before the Russian Revolution 1917 Singer built a vast plant in Russia but after the dust settled it was taken over by the Bolsheviks. ---------------------------- Date: Sat, -0500 From: Jim Wagner ([email protected]) Subject: Different FW models Hi Fellow Fanatics, I was going to reply to Sheila via E-Mail but I thought this may be of more general interest.

Whether it was given a designating letter I do not know. There were four different models of the featherweight the 221-1, 221K4, 221K5,and 221K7. That is the only model of FW that Singer made with the switch on the light housing, all the others have the switch on the bed of the machine.