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.
the condition of the gold leaf decals and the paint job.
Older machines will not necessarily sell for more than newer ones.
The Singer Featherweight portable sewing machine is a model made by that company between 19.
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.
Featherweight users also report that they have successfully used the "Little Foot" on their machines, as well as some brands of walking feet. A list of some Singer attachments and their part numbers is at the end of this file.
Featherweights, in spite of their cult status, are not rare.
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.