To date your machine look on the bottom to find the serial number.
How your Singer 221 sewing machine looks cosmetically is far more important to its resale value than anything else. The phrase "It looks good given its age" doesn't cut it when it comes to Singer Featherweight 221 sewing machines.He had a government contract model made during WW2. 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.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.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.