Some "mint green" machines are also rumored to have been made, but opinions vary over whether this was really a green machine or merely a white one with a green tinge to the paint.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.Ideally your Featherweight will come with its original carrying case in good condition (broken latches and missing handles are sometimes a problem) and all of its attachments. Determining the approximate date of manufacture of a Featherweight is easy if the serial number is still intact. White Featherweights which were distributed in the U. For instance my AJ series machine was actually made on November 18, 1949.The number, which is on the bottom of the machine, will be preceded by a two-letter code, beginning with A (for U. Other Featherweight owners have told me of similar discrepancies in the dating of machines, including machines with scrollwork faceplates made as late as 1947 or 1948.A great many of them were made and are still available through used sewing machine dealers, from individuals, at garage and estate sales, by mail order, and through sellers on online services and the internet.Since the machines are not labeled "Featherweight" they are often advertised for sale as "old Singer" or "antique Singer" machines and some detective work is necessary to sort the Featherweights from the other antique machines being sold.
Having said that, many quilters on the internet report that they successfully machine quilt using their Featherweights.The fold-up aspect allows the machine to be tucked into an almost cubical wooden case, along with its attachments.One variant is a model made for a short period in which the bed is detachable to allow "free-arm" sewing of cuffs and darning.They were further decorated with gold decals and the Singer name, but nowhere do they say "Featherweight" on them.In Great Britain a white Featherweight was sold, which was made in Scotland.