In 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, the Singer Manufacturing Company introduced a new sewing machine, Model 221. It quickly became known as the “Featherweight” due to its light weight (11 pounds) and portability. Singer continued to produce the Featherweight until the late 1960’s. They are sought after by quilters today for their excellent stitch quality and ease of maintenance and transport.
Featherweights were used by homemakers for sewing clothing, household items, and quilts. Newspapers such as the Kansas City Star published quilt block patterns weekly.
The Singer Featherweight Club will meet monthly to sew quilt blocks from the Kansas City Star, using modern techniques and tools instead of templates. In April we will make the Double Nine-Patch (1929) and Railroad Crossing (1935) blocks. Use your blocks to create a table runner, wall hanging, or sampler quilt. The history of the machine and maintenance tips will also be discussed.