Monday, July 21, 2008

Featherweight Survey Results


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Featherweight Survey Results

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Fill Out Survey at the following web location:
http://home.comcast.net/~pyecomber/survey/FWFSurvey.htm

For the latest survey info, over 2600 featherweights registered as of
3/1/99. Take a look!

From: Kristina Santilla
Subject: Survey Update


There are currently 1753 Featherweight on the database owned by 1028
different owners.

This is the breakdown:
120 people have 2 machines.
31 people have 3 machines.
21 people have 4 machines.
4 people have 5 machines.
5 people have 6 machines.
7 people have 7 machines.
4 people have 8 machines.
1 person has 9 machines.
3 people have 10 machines.
1 person has 13 machines.
1 person has 14 machines.
1 person has 19 machines.
1 person has 27 machines.
2 people have 37 machines.
The rest have one machine.

There are machines representing all 50 states, New Zealand, Australia,
Taiwan, Great Britain, the West Indies, and 7 Canadian Provinces.

If you change to a proportional font this chart might come out evenly.
Date*Quantity on Database*Serial number range*Additional comments

AMERICAN :

AD 73 on database
10/3/33 - 13 - AD541550-AD551534 Original price $84.
9/10/34 - 14 - AD720934-AD730704 One of these has a Chicago World's Fair
Medallion.
11/27/34- 14 - AD781921-AD791611
3/18/35 - 8 - AD880807-AD886344
6/24/35 - 16 - AD937987-AD946230
9/23/35 - 6 - AD996956* to AD999999*.

AE 113 on database
9/23/35 - 7 - AE000001*-AE006956 Foot pedal changed to all plastic
midway through this run.
12/30/35- 14 - AE054399-AE064320
3/25/36 - 10 - AE076812-AE083652
7/13/36 - 11 - AE207784-AE222356 One of these has a Texas Centennial
medallion.
9/10/36 - 2 - AE240396-AE258254 Singer's records show these are model 15
11/5/36 - 12 - AE295457-AE308557
3/15/37 - 16 - AE408785-AE422865
6/11/37 - 15 - AE538252-AE555917 Beginning of numbered tension knob.
12/8/37 - 8 - AE770934-AE784170
5/24/38 - 16 - AE977277-AE990767 Faceplate changed to newer scroll around
this time.

AF 174 on database
10/10/38- 14 - AF070706*-AF090705* One of these has a Golden Gate Expo
medallion.
2/15/39 - 24 - AF161806*-AF181805* One of these has a satin finish.
7/11/39 - 15 - AF244207-AF263689
12/5/39 - 14 - AF372202-AF391406 One of these has a wrinkle finish.
1/24/40 - 2 - AF416629-AF425009 Singer's records show these are model 15.
4/10/40 - 12 - AF480501-AF493096
5/15/40 - 7 - AF493281-AF496659
5/15/40 - 4 - AF541842-AF544631 Singer's records show these are model
201.
6/19/40 - 5 - AF551518-AF556564 Singer's records show these are model 66.
8/15/40 - 28 - AF571881*-AF596880* Stitch length indicator changed to new
style during this run. These sold new for around $105. Five have a wrinkle
finish.
1/7/41 - 20 - AF740751*-AF760750*
4/1/41 - 16 - AF864720-AF883842
5/14/41 - 9 - AF932859-AF940317 Singer's records show these are model 15.
7/1/41 - 0 - AF998751-AF999999* Balance wheel changed from chrome to
painted around this time.

AG 124 on database
7/1/41 - 17 - AG000001*-AG018214 Two of these are blackside.
9/19/45 - 19 - AG527051-AG541687
2/18/46 - 16 - AG607254-AG621453
6/4/46 - 11 - AG689391*-AG709390*.
9/16/46 - 16 - AG804867-AG822796
10/25/46- 3 - AG853723-AG857760 Singer's records show these are model 99.
11/22/46- 24 - AG869669-AG888171
2/19/47 - 13 - AG971467-AG988311 Balance wheel (hand wheel) now painted black.

AH 191 on database
4/22/47 - 17 - AH050371*-AH070370*.
6/26/47 - 12 - AH111971*-AH131970*.
8/19/47 - 31 - AH193771*-AH223770*. Faceplate changed to striated around
this time.
10/28/47- 16 - AH316642-AH345306
1/22/48 - 22 - AH414609-AH443159 One of these sold new for $145. The cardtable
sold for $28.
4/20/48 - 24 - AH550998-AH580510 Motor changed from 3-110 to 3-120 around this
time. One of these was purchased new for $125.
6/18/48 - 27 - AH641016-AH670007
10/1/48 - 24 - AH799765-AH827702
12/9/48 - 16 - AH 973921*-AH999999* One of these was purchased new for $148.

AJ 218 on database
12/9/48 - 11 - AJ000001*-AJ013920*
3/15/49 - 31 - AJ103721*-AJ143720* One of these was purchased new for $145.
11/18/49- 24 - AJ189901-AJ227978
1/23/50 - 22 - AJ349359-AJ387117 Case changed from lift out tray to shelf
on left around this time
3/31/50 - 28 - AJ552938-AJ598653 One of these was purchased new for $140.
6/1/50 - 43 - AJ616333-AJ652718
8/22/50 - 29 - AJ784363-AJ820688
10/26/50- 30 - AJ890180-AJ935373

AK 169 on database
1/29/51 - 30 AK071321*-AK121320* One of these was originally sold in
Brazil. One was purchased new for $150.
5/10/51 - 36 - AK390162-AK439250
10/31/51- 46 - AK575934-AK626682 Medallion changed to black band around this
time.
2/20/52 - 36 - AK746854-AK794948
8/11/52 - 18 - AK984876* - AK999999*. One of these was purchased new for
$154. Seam allowance gauge began being marked around this time.

AL 205 on database
8/11/52 - 27 - AL000001* - AL208500*. During this run seam allowance
gauge was added.
12/12/52- 35 - AL158501* - AL208500*.
5/4/53 - 31 - AL389869-AL437088 Riveted model number (221-)began to be
added below medallion.
10/14/53- 36 - AL525925-AL574437 Gold leaf changed from ornate to plainer
style during this run.
4/22/54 - 28 - AL689240-AL737129
1/17/55 - 47 - AL900891*-AL950890*. One of these was purchased new for $169.

AM 141 on database
6/10/55 - 51 - AM137761*-AM187760*.
2/27/56 - 40 - AM361808-AM407667. Around this time side-tray changed to red
plastic.
1/29/57 - 41 - AM653582-AM701824.
9/27/57 - 8 - AM774051-AM821105*.

BRITISH

EE 18 on database
12/24/47- 1 - EE355176 One of these was purchased new for $140. Singer's
records show these are model 15K
5/14/48 - 1 - EE757919
9/16/48 - 12 - EE803069-EE811303
11/24/48- 1 - EE843332 Singer's records show this is a 128K
12/10/48- 3 - EE854764-EE857203

EF 33 on database
5/25/49 - 11 - EF154453-EF164154
8/17/49 - 11 - EF280789-EF285546
11/7/49 - 6 - EF552092-EF568289
2/14/50 - 1 - EF691609 Original receipt shows this was purchased for 43
pounds.
4/24/50 - 2 - EF705863
7/19/50 - 2 - EF910065-EF914027 Case changed from lift out tray to
shelf on left around this time

EG 24 on database
12/18/50 - 6 - EG305050-EG312411
2/15/51 - 5 - EG345582-EG349933
3/29/51 - 2 - EG439063-EG439535
5/16/51 - 4 - EG639475-EG642779
7/17/51 - 3 - EG705892-EG710152
10/17/51 - 2 - EG957781*-EG967780* Stitch length indicator changed to
new style around this date. Medallion changed to black band style around
this time.

EH 27 on database
12/18/51 - 6 - EH001027*-EH011026
2/29/52 - 4 - EH134372-EH137508
7/22/52 - 3 - EH371407-EH372357
10/8/52 - 8 - EH628193-EH634706
3/4/53 - 6 - EH892062-EH899410 Gold leaf changed from ornate to
plainer style during this run.
7/53 - 0 - 100 Freearms made

EJ 11 on database
9/4/53 - 1 - EJ215767 Riveted model number began to be added below
medallion.
9/53 - 0 - 150 Freearms made
11/18/53 - 2 - EJ268111-EJ271231 5000 Freearms allotted this date.
3/31/54 - 3 - EJ622009-EJ626073 10000 Freearms allotted this date.
10/18/54 - 5 - EJ910263-EJ917545 Freearms. One of these was purchased
new for $200.

EK 8 on database
2/14/55 - 0 - EK203130*-EK213138*
3/14/55 - 4 - EK319939*- EK329938*. Freearm. Seam allowance gauge added.
8/16/55 - 1 - EK636711 Freearm.
12/20/55 - 2 - EK987242-EK989974

EL 13 on database
3/2/56 - 10 - EL177459-EL186454 Freearm.
6/13/56 - 2 - EL539255-EL540631
9/17/56 - 1 - EL681869-EL684749 Freearm

EM 18 on database
2/26/57 - 4 - EM236028-EM239022 Freearm.
8/2/57 - 5 - EM601123-EM601328 Freearm
11/15/57 - 8 - EM957428-EM961079 Freearm.

EN 5 on database
3/17/58 - 2 - EN135599-EN138845 Freearm.
4/17/58 - 1 - EN235294
5/1/58 - 1 - EN327004
10/27/58 - 1 - EN827450

EP 6 on database
3/3/59 - 0 - EP131001*-EP133500*. Freearm
5/18/59 - 2 - EP256021*-EP257520*.
9/22/59 - 2 - EP541572*-EP544071*. Freearm. Medallion changed to brass
with red "S" around this time.
12/18/59 - 2 - EP758473*-EP760972*. Freearm.

ER 6 on database
3/15/60 - 1 - ER022034*-ER024533*. Freearm.
5/30/60 - 4 - ER316571-ER317565
6/16/60 - 1 - ER318063 Freearm

ES 37 on database
10/19/60 - 1 - ES165344*-ES167843*. Freearm.
11/3/60 - 6 - ES170544*-ES165543*.
1/10/61 - 9 - ES239244*-ES249243*.
1/31/61 - 1 - ES352344*-ES357343*. Freearm.
3/30/61 - 1 - ES522944*-ES527943*. Freearm
5/2/61 - 1 - ES627518 Singer says these are 328K's.
5/15/61 - 7 - ES648144*-ES658143*.
8/19/61 - 11 - ES873744*-ES883743*. One on database is black, the rest
are tan. Four are a 221-J, seven are a 221-K.

ET 0 on database
11/2/61 - 0 - ET06135*-ET071344*.

EV 82 on database
3/1/63 - 0 - White.
9/16/63 - 1 - EV386031-EV388474. From this point all machines are
white. Singer's records show these are 99K's.
3/3/64 - 6 - EV776991*-EV826990*.
4/13/64 - 4 - EV892928-EV895069. Singer's records show these are
133K's.
4/21/64 - 4 - EV906211-EV907883. Singer's records show these are
331K's.
5/5/64 - 3 - EV909763-EV913058. Singer's records show these are 188 &
185K's.
5/7/64 - 8 - EV914362-EV918383. Singer's records show these are
246K's.
5/13/64 - 29 - EV919198*-EV969197*. Singer's records show these are
328K's.
6/11/64 - 20 - EV970681-EV988985. Singer's records show these are
285K's. Foot pedal changed from button type around this time.
6/22/64 - 3 - EV990388-EV994718. Singer's records show these are
196K's.
7/3/64 - 2 - EV995387-EV999684
EW 4 on database
8/6/68 - 4 - EW061934-EW070170
EY dating unknown- 7 on database
FA dating unknown- 30 on database
JE dating unknown- 11 on database

The ranges of numbers above "prove" that were at least 1,821,464 American
machines made, at least 164,944 Black British 221's, at least 57,426
British 222 Freearms, at least 10,000 Tan British 221's and at least
153,909 British white machines. This brings the total Featherweights made
to at least 2,207,743.

Accessories: 16% of the respondents have the oil can, 73% have most or all
feet and 54% have the manual. 15% had none of the above.

88.1% are standard black 221 or 221K
7.1% are white 221K
3.2% are freearm 222K
1.2% are tan 221K or 221J
0.4% are wrinkle finish black 221

12.0% of the standard black 221 or 221K have an Anniversary medallion.
3 machines have medallions commemorating World's Fairs.

20% have the oil can
62.2% have most or all of the attachments
50.6% have the manual

1.3% of the machines are still owned by their original owners.

Prices paid in the last five years:
The average price paid for a tan machine was $330
The average price paid for a white machine was $223..
The black 221's and 221K's with the Anniversary medallion average $270
compared to the standard black machines with an average of $227.
The average price paid for a freearm was $653.

There are also 112 card tables on the database and 12 oval maple cabinets.

There is a set of true twins! They actually have consecutive serial numbers.
AJ566414 resides in Napa, California & AJ566415 resides in Ormond Beach,
Florida.

Happy collecting!
Krisi
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Time for another Featherweight Survey update! If you would like to add
your machine(s) to the database please e-mail me at
santilla@umd5.umd.edu and I will send you a survey form, or you can fill
one out at http://home.comcast.net/~pyecomber/survey/FWFSurvey.htm
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This probably won't line up in columns properly, but the following are
the Featherweight references that I am aware of from Singer's datapages.
There are at least 85 more that we need.

9/23/35 AD996956 AD999999 221 3044
10/10/38 AF070706 AF090705 221 20000
2/15/39 AF161806 AF181805 221 20000
8/15/40 AF571881 AF596880 221 25000
1/7/41 AF740751 AF760750 221 20000
6/4/46 AG689391 AG709390 221 20000
4/22/47 AH050371 AH070370 221-1 20000
6/26/47 AH111971 AH131970 221-2 20000
8/19/47 AH193771 AH223770 221-2 30000
12/9/48 AH973921 AH999999 221 26079
12/9/48 First AJ AJ013920 221 13920
3/15/49 AJ103721 AJ143720 221 40000
8/11/52 AK984876 AK999999 221 15124
8/11/52 First AL AL034875 221 34875
12/12/52 AL158501 AL208500 221 50000
1/17/55 AL900891 AL950890 221 50000
6/10/55 AM137761 AM187760 221 50000
2/14/54 EK203130 EK213138 221K 10000
3/14/54 EK319939 EK329938 222K 10000
3/3/59 EP131001 EP133500 222K 2500
9/22/59 EP541572 EP544071 222K 2500
12/18/59 EP758473 EP760972 222K 2500
3/15/60 ER022034 ER024533 222K 2500
10/19/60 ES165344 ES167843 222K 2500
11/23/60 ES170544 ES175543 221K 5000
1/10/61 ES239244 ES249243 221K 10000
1/31/61 ES352344 ES357343 222K 10000
3/30/61 ES522944 ES527943 222K 5000
5/15/61 ES648144 ES658143 221K 10000
8/19/61 ES873744 ES883743 221K 10000
11/2/61 ET061345 ET071344 221K 10000
3/3/64 EV776991 EV826990 221K 50000
5/13/64 EV919198 EV969197 328K(221K) white 50000

At an average of 20000 machines per allotment and at least 120
allottments, this means there were probably over 2-1/2 million
Featherweights produced!
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