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by Gabrielle Hume
(Lapeer, Michigan, USA)
Example of my Singer 247
This is a machine that I bought when I was in the Army and overseas. To me, it is the Featherweight 221 with zig-zag and 3-needle positions.
I bought this because it was made primarily with steel and steel gears, etc. (It is heavy) It has push button reverse. I did not want a computerized sewing machine.
I grew up sewing on my mother's Featherweight (which I have since she passed away). She had oodles of different attachments/ feet, the buttonholer, and an expanded zig-zag cam collection. All of these fit my 247. (I have a buttonholer attachment; however, I do not have the variety of button holes the old one has.)
The 247 will fit in the cut-out section of old treadle machines too.
So, if you would like a Featherweight and (a) cannot afford one or (b) cannot find one, the 247 might be just what you are looking for.
2 things I would change, and that is to have the ability to fit sleeves on the sewing area and to have seam guides marked on the bobbin cover (just in front of the needle).
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