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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.The gold leaf on the machine varies slightly in pattern over the years as well.The early tension adjustment and throat plate are un-numbered, while the later tension adjustment is numbered and black rather than chrome.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.For modern-day quilters, the Singer Featherweight, like the baby bear's bed in Goldilocks, is "just right".Quilt tops are pieced together from small scraps of fabric using quarter-inch seam allowances.
The combination free-arm model 222K is a rarer find in the United States than it is in England.
Machines in good condition can still be found at bargain prices in garage sales and auction houses.
Advertisements in quilters' magazines bring higher prices.
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.The 221K was black or a shiny white and has a shorter bed.