Dating a featherweight sewing machine
Even the oldest machines, if they've been cared for, still sew wonderfully.
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.
In Great Britain a white Featherweight was sold, which was made in Scotland.
The fold-up aspect allows the machine to be tucked into an almost cubical wooden case, along with its attachments.
Some Singer attachments, such as the buttonholer, come with a feed dog cover that can also be used for machine quilting.
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.
Pricing criteria vary from location to location but are based on the running condition of the machine and its appearance, as well as its rarity.
For run-of-the-mill Featherweights, one dealer in Atlanta says he prices his mainly based on how good they look, i.e.