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The Singer Model 221 “Featherweight” Sewing Machine

HI Again, This week Leo and I are going to tell you about the different 221 motors that you will find on your American made 221s. For those who may not know it's any 221 with the serial number beginning with A......AD-AE-AF-AG-AH-AJ-AK-AL and AM.. There were NO AI machines. Almost every American 221 Motor was a SERIES 3 MOTOR. They were either a 3-110 or 3-120 OR 3-125. This data can be found on your Motor ID Plate. Here is one of your questions for this week:



See the photo below of the motor with the Circle S? SINGER used that design from 1933 to 1948. How many DIFFERENT motors with that design were on American 221s.. 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 or 6?





I bet most of you said two, but you are wrong! Now that I have your attention, you not only need to look at the 3-110 or 3-120 Voltage, but those LITTLE numbers under USA. The first Singer motors had NO NUMBERS under USA, from 1933 to 1935, and very few of the 1935 AD SERIES even had numbers.



Then in 1935 Singer went to the 700 Motor and this was their main motor till 1948ish. Now this is where the Singer History is better than the old Myth and Rumors.

If you keep your eyes open and look in 1948 Singer had a very rare 700F Motor on a few of the AH SERIES.

And better yet, Singer made an  even rarer 3-125  678 Motor. We THINK this was a Singer replacement motor, because it has no machine serial number trail to follow.


NOW! Those who said FOUR, SORRY were not through yet.....


Now you are going to ask, how did a Canadian motor get on an American machine? Again, history is better than myth. Shortly after WWII, around August 1947, the 221K was born in the U.K. and Singer began exporting 221K’s from the U.K. to Canada for the North American market. There they were fitted with Canadian built motors. That is why today you see Some AG and AH SERIES machines with Canada motors. SO! If you have one with a Made in Canada motor, not to worry, it is original. 



So we have covered the SIX SERIES 3   3-110 / 3-125 Motors with the CIRCLE S Design, used on American 221’s.  Next week we will start with the SERIES 3   3-120 Motors.  And, we're going to throw another rare motor number at you. Until next time!

Don't forget to look at the MOTOR, it is part of the machine too! HOPE you enjoyed the History! Next time bring a Friend along.  If you've been looking for a Beautiful 221? Take a look at one of Leo's machines, you will experience the Magic of Kujat...............


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