Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Tootie the Featherweight 222K

A little about Tootie . . .

What is this machine that has all the appearances of a vintage Singer in shape and style, but . . . what? It comes apart? YES! It does – and it is supposed to do that. It is what is called the Featherweight Freearm (read about it here) - quite rare in make and highly collectible.

For me, however, I had to have one not only because I am a vintage enthusiast, but because of what this machine will allow me to do! By removing the convertible flat bed to become the “tubular” bed – I am able sew in some very tight places, i.e. dress sleeves, pant hems, waistbands, etc… I am so bonded to my little Tootie – I just love her!

Produced mostly in the United Kingdom in the late 50s and early 60s, the motors were only compatible with 220 voltage. In order to allow for North American electrical compatibility, I had to take a motor from the well-known Featherweight 221 model.

Anyway, if you have any questions about the Featherweight Freearm 222K or Featherweights, in general – feel free to e-mail me and ask!

1 comment:

Kathryn Thompson said...

Hey, fellow sewer-lady. Thanks for stopping by the blog the other day. If you email me, I'll send you a closeup picture of that Easter dress fabric. It is super cute, cheap but cute, from the Joanne Fabrics vintage collection. That is a gorgeous machine.