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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.
He had a government contract model made during WW2. These were used, according to him, by our armed services.
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However their diminutive size did not detract from their functionality and they became highly popular with occasional sewers because they were so easy to pack neatly away for storage after use.
Two Digit Dating System for Black Singer Featherweights Copyright @2007-2009 class221 Example: 221__AD 884639 Ignore the last 4 digits; then lookup 221__ AD 88……3/18/1935. 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.Thank you for looking and please check my other items.I do combine purchases to save on shipping expense.