When it comes to vintage sewing machines, few are as well known as the Singer 201. Originally manufactured back in the 1930s, this amazing piece of post war engineering represented the top of the line in sewing technology and remained a best seller for years to come despite it's prohibitively high cost. Most domestic machines available at this point were offered as a hand crank or treadle unit, but the 201 had the option of an electric motor!
Love or hate it, the Singer 500a is easily one of the most iconic sewing machines ever made. Designed during the height of America's space craze with a full complement of futuristic style-lines accented by brown and gold, this retro sci-fi relic is aptly nicknamed "The Rocketeer."
Last week I reviewed the popular Singer 221. While the demand for 221 Featherweights is high, they are by no means rare, after all, these black beauties were in production for over 40 years! Throughout it's production lifetime, Singer manufactured over 2 million 221s. Just do a quick search on eBay or Craigslist and you'll find no shortage of them. Today I'll be discussing the Singer 222k, a far less common free-arm variant.
If you have any interest at all in vintage sewing machines you've most likely have heard of Singer's famous Featherweight. Don't let this diminutive half sized cutie fool you, this is one the most robust and capable portable machines on the market today. First introduced in the early 1930s, the Featherweight was one of Singer's best sellers for many years and has gone through a number of variations.
On the topic of portables, there are two Singers that stand tall above all others, the famous 1/2 size Singer 221 Featherweight (including it's various incarnations) and it's full size cousin the Singer 301a. Today I'll discuss the later.