We all have seen this happen - a legend made in our time! In recent years she has donated over 600 quilts to brighten the lives of needy children and parents. As I write this in 1997, some twenty seven years after it left the factory lineup, Featherweights are in the highest demand ever, especially by quilt makers. And let me dedicate this modest work to you. The machine could be placed in the special carrying case and stored in a closet or room without taking a lot of precious space. I have freely substituted these terms and used them interchangeably throughout this book. The machine was a favorite with college girls. Grandma Garrison was Nancy's mentor while she made her first quilt in 1972.
The full-rotary mechanism was quiet, efficient, and almost vibrationless. Recently she was granted a U. I found out later that he started the search right then and there. Enjoy an entertaining look at the history of the Featherweight sewing machine. One individual stands well at the head of my list of new Featherweight friends: Dale Pickens of Oklahoma. We take great care to ensure that the information included in our products is accurate and presented in good faith, but no warranty is provided nor are results guaranteed.
Dale has been a friend since the first edition of this book hit the market. Expanded to more than 200 pages, this new edition of Nancy's popular reference is the book all Featherweight owners, or would-be owners, should have. Sewing machine dealers can sell a trade-in without even putting it on the shelf, and waiting lists of years are the rule. They called it the Perfect Portable, possibly the finest lightweight sewing machine on the market. In short, the Singer Featherweight 221 has become a legend. Treadle machines were on their way out, and the new electrics had hit the marketplace with both feet running.
They are the three generations of American women who have used and loved the Singer Featherweight 221 sewing machine, and everything they said about it is true. And it was compact and easy to store away. Being a rather plain-Jane, no frills sort of sewing machine, you may wonder why the Featherweight has garnered such a respectable following in our times of ever-sophisticated models by many manufacturers. A breakthrough machine when born, it was a winner from the start. Updated and expanded third edition. Its content is as complete as it can be at this time. And so it is with the Featherweight.
Its flip-up extension table added work area, a numbered dial took the guesswork out of tension setting, a re-worked and improved bobbin case increased sewing speed and reliability, and an easily-selected reverse feature added a special touch of versatility. Provides a detailed history of the machine and case, in all its known variations. No part of this book may be translated into another language or reproduced by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any other information storage or retrieval system, without written permission of the publisher. Includes the full manual, with clear photos for using the machine and all accessories and for maintenance oiling, adjusting tension, etc. As long as women persist in pursuing fabric arts, and loving quilts in particular, I believe the legendary Singer Featherweight sewing machine will be with us. A woman in Texas told me about her friend who used to buy Featherweights for her business. Unlike previous portable machines, the basic concept of the 221 was a self-contained unit.
It was and is a standout company, well established throughout the country. It had a reliability that was second to none. Depending on your viewing application or device, printing desired page may result in multiple printed pages. Note: This digital file contains patterns that may not print true to size and may require sizing adjustments inchmarks are included on patterns for reference. After cutting about two dozen squares, she noticed some of the squares were not the same size. Competitors abounded; but Singer had the name, it had the products, and it had the marketing.
And the Model 221 just plain refuses to die! Packed with photos, stories, and handy information. But in the nineteen twenties and thirties, when rural America was being electrified, the convenience of a small, simple motor was awesome! With its modest weight 11 lbs it's perfect for taking on trips and to workshops, yet has an almost surprising sewing strength even on heavier materials. My long search for the Featherweight Convertible; machine design features; Free Arm sales figures; how many 222Ks were made? The Perfect Portable is a registered Trademark of Silver Star, Inc. For your convenience, we post an up-to-date listing of corrections on our website www. Armed with hundreds of letters, phone messages and personal notes, I felt it was time to write again about the Perfect Portable.
And when I raced to the tree that year I saw that Santa had left two black cases! With a sturdy yet feather light aluminium base and arm components, its careful engineering drastically reduced weight. Singer 221 sales always increased when a new school term started! A classic should have at least one special virtue. Rather than use the symbols with every occurrence of a trademark or registered trademark name, we are using the names only in the editorial fashion and to the benefit of the owner, with no intention of infringement. A fun read for quilters, Featherweight owners, and history buffs. Even the early portables were not much more than standard heads that came with a base, cover and carrying handle.
Nancy also refined how to work with squares and rectangles in her other best-selling books Block Magic; Block Magic, Too!. Salesmen liked the machine because it was easy to handle, or carry, for demonstration purposes. But, to understand, put yourself back into the time frame of the thirties. It became one of the most popular machines ever offered to the American household. Her hobbies include reading mysteries, traveling to see children and grandchildren, working in her flower gardens they keep expanding , and making baby quilts for charity. Charisma might be a good word to use here.
While I was teaching there several Featherweights had slipped through my fingers, and I was, to say the least, disappointed! Today her hallmark is accuracy, and she stresses it with students and attributes the wide recognition of her work to its continued emphasis. This innovative wonder, was first introduced in 1933 at the Chicago World's Fair. From repair and maintenance advice, to history and lore, to buying advice, this book has it all! It said I hope whoever gets this machine will love it as much as I have. Using regular scissors, quite dull, Nancy cut around the paper template. If a correction is not already noted, please contact our customer service department at ctinfo ctpub.