This does not make the machine "rare" but is simply an error by Singer when they prepared the historical serial number lists or the data was simply recorded in error at the time of production.Two Digit Dating System for Black Singer Featherweights Copyright @2007-2009 class221 Example: 221__AD 884639 Ignore the last 4 digits; then lookup 221__ AD 88……3/18/1935. 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: "I have seen a tan machine and a mint green machine (definitely NOT white). The rarest variant I have seen belonged to an old fellow who owned a Singer store in a small town for 50 years.
He lost the case but said it was the same case as the commercial model without the leather covering.SLEEK AND shiny with a simple, elegant, and compact design, the Singer 221 - nicknamed "Featherweight" - is the semi-precious jewel of the world.For those who collect toy machines, it's too big, weighing in at 11 lbs 1 oz. For those who collect antiques, it's too new, having been manufactured in the United States between 19 (with the white-colored 221K version made in Britain from 1963-68).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.
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.