Singer Featherweight K Sewing Machines Serial Numbers
This does not make the machine "rare" but is simply an error by Singer when they End. Model #. Quantity. Production Date. Year. Notes. AD-. Singer Featherweight K J Serial Numbers & Date Charts Moreover, the dash or "-1" indication on some years actually remains unknown. Singer has recently pulled some of their dating and identification information from their website. Here you can look up your serial number and find out when your.
The Featherweight came in a standard black model made in the U. Those made before World War II and apparently a few after the war had an attractive "Egyptian Scrollwork" pattern on the faceplate, while most of those made after the war had a simple, striated pattern of vertical stripes.
They were further decorated with gold decals and the Singer name, but nowhere do they say "Featherweight" on them.
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In Great Britain a white Featherweight was sold, which was made in Scotland. Some "mint green" machines are also rumored to have been made, but opinions vary over whether this was really a green machine or merely a white one with a green tinge to the paint. Larry Oliver, a Featherweight collector on Compuserve, wrote to me: They were Great Britain models.
He had a government contract model made during WW2.
The finish was mil-spec black crinkle non- glare. These were used, according to him, by our armed services. He lost the case but said it was the same case as the commercial model without the leather covering.
It was Army green with the appropriate military issue numbers stenciled on the box. I have not doubt his story was true, but I've never been able to confirm it. The machine 'looked' right though and did not appear to be a re-paint job.
Darla Trenner has done some research on these unusual Featherweights, and has posted her findings at her "Crinkle and Blackside Machines" website at http: The fold-up aspect allows the machine to be tucked into an almost cubical wooden case, along with its attachments.
One variant is a model made for a short period in which the bed is detachable to allow "free-arm" sewing of cuffs and darning. The Featherweight is an excellent machine for piecing, but it is not recommended that machine quilting be done on it due to the possibility of burning out the motor.
Having said that, many quilters on the internet report that they successfully machine quilt using their Featherweights. Since the feed dogs cannot be lowered, it is necessary to cover them up with plastic or cardboard in order to machine quilt. Some Singer attachments, such as the buttonholer, come with a feed dog cover that can also be used for machine quilting. Featherweight Attachments Featherweights come with six basic attachments: The best instructions on how to use these attachments are in the Singer manual.
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Featherweight users also report that they have successfully used the "Little Foot" on their machines, as well as some brands of walking feet. The Featherweight is a low-shank machine. Quilters, therefore, value a machine that can sew a straight lock stitch without the slight zig-zag that characterizes the straight stitch on most modern machines.
The featherweight, although constructed of aluminum and thus very lightweight, runs smoothly and quietly due to its well-balanced rotary-hook mechanism. This lightweight machine that comes with its own handy case resembling and roughly the size of an old-fashioned cosmetics case or record case is also valued for its portability, by those who attend classes and conferences with fellow quilters around the world.
Finally, its sleekness, elegance, and mechanical simplicity appeals to the design sense of women and men who appreciate the beauty of color, line, and texture in their quilts. Now collectors are starting to take notice, too.
While many existing machines were well-loved and thus well-used, Featherweights are by no means rare. Machines in good condition can still be found at bargain prices in garage sales and auction houses. Advertisements in quilters' magazines bring higher prices. The highest-priced machines are in good condition with little wear on the gold leaf, complete with case, attachments, and original manual.
The predominant finish on the is a shiny black. The K was black or a shiny white and has a shorter bed. A smaller number of machines in other colors exist, including a light tan color produced in Great Britain and a matte black produced in the United States.
The rumored mint-green Featherweight is apparently an alternate description of the white machine, which can have a slightly greenish cast. It may be that these stories are based on the existence of colored versions of the Singer toy model The combination free-arm model K is a rarer find in the United States than it is in England. These were apparently produced in the Kilbowie factory in Scotland, between roughly and The K has a removable-bed extension, for use when sewing pant legs and shirt sleeves, and weighs in about 2 lbs more than the model Cases are black, with leather handles on the older models and plastic on the newer.
Cases for the white machine are white with a green stripe. Older cases have an accessory tray that stacks on top of the machine, which is set down in the case. The newer cases have a built-in side shelf for accessories and bobbins, and a place for the foot pedal on the inside of the case cover. In addition to the cases, Featherweights were sometimes sold with specially-designed folding convertible card tables, with a removable section for the machine.How To Thread a Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine (Getting To Know Your Featherweight, Part 4)