The leading age of the table shows a bit of wear common to most of these machines. We have carefully machine-polished this machine to such a deep shine that you can almost dive into it! I hope the photos reflect this. It is supplied with its carry case which shows some wear. An earlier owners name is neatly engraved on the underside of the machine (not visible in use).
The rubber feet on the machine are in good condition and it sits level. It has the very early scroll-type faceplate (the first of these designs). The serial number is AE544707 which indicates a manufacture year of 1937 the quality of the stamping on the E is a bit poor and it might look like an F in the photo, but it is definitely AE and not'AF'. Although an American-manufactured machine, the original motors specification plate shows factory modifications where the original voltage of 120V has been scratched out and then stamped with the UK voltage of 230-240V.
I figure that they changed the motors rotor in the factory and then modified the spec plate for non-USA export machines. It is in working order and I have given it a minor service because it hadnt been used in years (possibly decades). I have undertaken the following.
Lubricated the regular lubrication points. Checked the motor brushes (they are perfect and have years of life left in them). Cleaned the motors commutator of carbon deposits & lubed the motor bearings.
Checked the belt (it shows minor wear but is supple and doesnt need replacing). Re-wired the foot pedal with a new machine-plug, wall plug, and all-new modern flex (see photo), removed the unnecessary capacitor, cleaned the contacts of old arcing deposits, and replaced the rubber strain-relief grommet with a modern one where the flex exits. The foot pedal assembly that this arrived with was original but the wiring was in a shocking state.
This plug is a much later item, probably from the 1970s. Where originality and safety collide, I take the view that safety wins the argument, so the old bakelite plug has been disposed of, together with the 1930's flex. It is NOT supplied with any additional feet/tools, needles, bobbins, etc. There is no key for the case (the latches open fine).
USA buyers, please note that here in Europe our voltage is 220V and this machine is wired for 220-240V and cannot be plugged into US wall sockets because it would barely run. _gsrx_vers_1292 GS 8.3.6 (1292). The item "Singer 221 Featherweight Sewing Machine Early USA Model 1937 (221, not 221K)" is in sale since Sunday, October 25, 2020. This item is in the category "Crafts\Sewing\Sewing Machines". The seller is "riverside_retro" and is located in Guildford.
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