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Dating Your Singer Featherweight


The following chart is provided to help you have a better idea of when your Singer Featherweight was manufactured.

The date often given by the Singer corporation as a machine's "birthdate" is actually the date the batches of serial numbers were released for production.

As a classic example:  I own a 1951 "badged" Centennial of Sewing machine that obviously is from 1951.  However, the serial number on the machine is from 1949.

Therefore, the following dates can be considered to be "close".

These dates and the information in this table relied heavily on many others' research for which I am deeply indebted, as well as my own.  They will not be found to be perfect, or absolutely correct, but are provided as an aid for your use and enjoyment.

Singer Featherweights were manufactured in three different plants: Elizabethport, New Jersey in the USA; Clydebank, Kilbowie, Scotland in Great Britain; and St. John's  (actually Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu), Quebec, Canada.  You can quickly determine which plant your machine was manufactured in by looking at the serial number on the bottom of your machine.  Serial numbers for Singer Featherweights are located on a raised boss on the underside of the machine.  Lay your machine on its back and look on the left hand side of the main body (not the folding extension table).
American Made 221 Machines at the Elizabethport, New Jersey Plant   
       
Serial # Number Produced Date  
AD 541546 - AD 551545 10,000 October 3, 1933  
    Total # machines in 1933 10,000
       
AD 720746 - AD 730745 10,000 September 10, 1934  
AD 781846 - AD 791845 10,000 November 27, 1934  
    Total # machines in 1934 20,000
       
AD 880156 - AD 890155 10,000 March 18, 1935  
AD 937406 - AD 947405 10,000 June 24, 1935  
AD 996956 - AD 999999 3,044 September 23, 1935  
Total # AD machines 53,044    
       
AE 000001 - AE 007000 7,000 September 23, 1935  
AE 054366 - AE 064365 10,000 December 30, 1935  
    Total # machines in 1935 40,044
       
AE 076516 - AE 086515 10,000 March 25, 1936  
AE 207616 - AE 222615 15,000 July 13, 1936  
AE 294041 - AE 309040 15,000 November 5, 1936  
    Total # machines in 1936 40,000
       
AE 407941 - AE 422940 15,000 March 15, 1937  
AE 536641 - AE 556640 20,000 June 11, 1937  
AE 770591 - AE 790590 20,000 December 8, 1937  
    Total # machines in 1937 55,000
       
AE 973541 - AE 993540 20,000 May 24, 1938  
Total # AE machines 132,000    
       
AF 070706 - AF 090705 20,000 October 10, 1938  
    Total # machines in 1938 40,000
       
AF 161806 - AF 181805 20,000 February 15, 1939  
AF 244106 - AF 264105 20,000 July 11, 1939  
AF 371856 - AF 391855 20,000 December 5, 1939  
    Total # machines in 1939 60,000
       
AF 477181 - AF 497180 20,000 April 10, 1940  
AF 571881 - AF 596880 25,000 August 15, 1940  
    Total # machines in 1940 45,000
       
AF 740751 - AF760750 20,000 January 7, 1941  
AF 863951 - AF 883950 20,000 April 10, 1941  
AF 998251 - AF 999999 1,749 July 1, 1941  
Total # AF machines 166,749    
       
AG 000001 - AG 018250 18,250 July 1, 1941  
    Total # machines in 1941 59,999
       
PRODUCTION CEASES DUE TO WORLD WAR 2      
       
AG 526101 - AG 546100 20,000 September 19, 1945  
    Total # machines in 1945 20,000
       
AG 602856 - AG 622855 20,000 February 18, 1946  
AG 689391 - AG 709390 20,000 June 4, 1946  
AG 804771 - AG 824770 20,000 September 16, 1946  
AG 848346 - AG 858345 10,000 October 25, 1946  
AG 869446 - AG 889445 20,000 November 22, 1946  
    Total # machines in 1946 90,000
       
AG 970946 - AG 990945 20,000 February 19, 1947  
Total # AG machines 148,250    
       
AH 050371 - AH 070370 20,000 April 22, 1947  
AH 111971 - AH 131970 20,000 June 26, 1947  
AH 193771 - AH 223770 30,000 August 19, 1947  
AH 316071 - AH 346070 30,000 October 28, 1947  
    Total # machines in 1947 120,000
       
AH 413571 - AH 443570 30,000 January 22, 1948  
AH 550921 - AH 580920 30,000 April 20, 1948  
AH 640321 - AH 670320 30,000 June 18, 1948  
AH 799121 - AH 829120 30,000 October 1, 1948  
AH 973921 - AH 999999 26,079 December 1, 1948  
Total # AH machines 246,079    
       
There were no AI series machines      
       
AJ 000001 - AJ 013920 13,920 December 9, 1948  
    Total # machines in 1948 159,999
       
AJ 103721 - AJ 143720 40,000 March 15, 1949  
AJ 189171 - AJ 229170 40,000 November 18, 1949  
    Total # machines in 1949 80,000
       
AJ 348371 - AJ 388370 40,000 January 23, 1950  
AJ 552721 - AJ 592720 40,000 March 31, 1950  
AJ 615621 - AJ 655620 40,000 June 1, 1950  
AJ 781321 - AJ 821320 40,000 August 22, 1050  
AJ 887721 - AJ 937720


50,000

October 26, 1950

Total # machines in 1950


210,000
Total # AJ machines 303,920    
       
AK 071321 - AK121320 50,000 January 29, 1951  
AK 389576 - AK 439575 50,000 May 10, 1951  
AK 576776 - AK 626775 50,000 October 31, 1951  
    Total # machines in 1951 150,000
       
AK 754676 - AK 795675 50,000 February 20, 1952  
AK 984876 - AK 999999 15,124 August 11, 1952  
Total # AK machines 215,124    
       
AL 000001 - AL 034875 34,875 August 11, 1952  
AL 158501 - AL 208500 50,000 December 12, 1952  
    Total # machines in 1952 149,999
       
AL 389361 - AL 439360 50,000 May 4, 1953  
AL 524941 - AL 574940 50,000 October 14, 1953  
    Total # machines in 1953 100,000
       
AL 689041 - AL 739040 50,000 April 22, 1954  
    Total # machines in 1954 50,000
       
AL 900891 - AL 950890 50,000 January 17, 1955  
Total # AL machines 284,875    
       
AM 137761 - AM 187760 50,000 June 10, 1955  
    Total # machines in 1955 100,000
       
AM 361036 - AM 411035 50,000 February 27, 1956  
    Total # machines in 1956 50,000
       
AM 652586 - AM 702585 50,000 January 29, 1957  
AM 771106 - AM 821105 50,000 September 27, 1957  
    Total # machines in 1957 100,000
Total # AM machines 200,000    
       
Total American Made Machines     1,750,041
       
       
Great Britain Made 221K Machines at the Kilbowie, Scotland Plant      
Serial # Number Produced Date  
EE 152221 - EE 152720 500 August 25, 1947  
EE 452721 - EE 453220 500 December 24, 1947  
    Total # machines in 1947 1,000
       
EE 458241 - EE 459240 1,000 January 22, 1948  
EE 573424 - EE 578423 5,000 May 14, 1948  
EE 802479 - EE 807478 5,000 September 21, 1948  
EE 853479 - EE 863478 10,000 December 10, 1948  
    Total # machines in 1948 21,000
Total # EE machines 22,000    
       
EF 154176 - EF 164175 10,000 May 23, 1949  
EF 278731 - EF 288730 10,000 August 17, 1949  
EF 558931 - EF 568930 10,000 November 7, 1949  
    Total # machines in 1949 30,000
       
EF 688016 - EF 698015 10,000 February 14, 1950  
EF 700569 - EF 710568 10,000 April 24, 1950  
EF 907629 - EF 917628 10,000 July 19, 1950  
Total # EF machines 60,000    
       
EG 072001 - EG08200 10,000 October 9, 1950  
    Total # machines in 1950 40,000
       
EG 343861 - EG 353860 10,000 February 15, 1951  
EG 433821 - EG 444820 10,000 March 29, 1951  
EG 637821 - EG 647820 10,000 May 16, 1951  
EG 957781 - EG 967780 10,000 October 17, 1951  
Total # EG machines 50,000    
       
EH 001027 - EH 011026 10,000 December 18, 1951  
    Total # machines in 1951 50,000
       
EH 132547 - EH 142546 10,000 February 29, 1952  
EH 236097 - EH 246096 10,000 April 28, 1952  
EH 370347 - EH 380346 10,000 July 22, 1952  
EH 625778 - EH 635777 10,000 October 8, 1952  
    Total # machines in 1952 40,000
       
EH 890433 - EH 900432 10,000 March 4, 1953  
Total # EH machines 60,000    
       
EJ 211989 - EJ 298816 5,000 September 4, 1953  
    Total # machines in 1953 15,000
       
EK 203139 - EK 213138 10,000 February 14, 1955  
EK 986373 - EK 991372 5,000 December 20, 1955  
    Total # machines in 1955 15,000
Total # EK machines 15,000    
       
EL 537735 - EL 542734 5,000 June 13, 1956  
    Total # machines in 1956 5,000
Total # EL machines 5,000    
       
EM 016257 - EM 021256 5,000 January 8, 1957  
EM 596007 - EM 601006 5,000 August 2, 1957  
    Total # machines in 1957 10,000
Total # EM machines 10,000    
       
EN 235134 - EN 238133 3,000 April 17, 1958  
EN 826834 - EN 829333 2,500 October 27, 1958  
    Total # machiines in 1958 5,500
Total # EN machines 5,500    
       
EP 256021 - EP 257520 1,500 May 18, 1959  
    Total # machines in 1959 1,500
Total # EP machines 1,500    
       
ES 170544 - ES 175543 5,000 November 3, 1960  
    Total # machines in 1960 5,000
       
ES 239244 - ES 249243 10,000 January 10, 1961  
ES 648144 - ES 658143 10,000 May 15, 1961  
ES 873744 - ES 883743 10,000 August 19, 1961  
Total # ES machines 35,000    
       
ET 061345 - ET 071344 10,000 November 2, 1961  
    Total # machines in 1961 40,000
Total # ET machines 10,000    
       
EV 776991 - 826990 50,000 March 3, 1964  
    Total # machines in 1964 50,000
Total # EV machines 50,000    
       
EW 061691 - EW 071690 10,000 August 6, 1968  
    Total # machines in 1968 10,000
Total # EW machines 10,000    
       
FA machines were manufactured from May 1969 to April 1970      
FB machines were manufactured from April 1970 to June 1971      
       
Candian Made 221J Machines at the St. John's, Quebec Plant      
JB machines were manufactured from 1945 to 1948      
JC machines were manufactured from 1948 to 1959      
JD machines were manufactured from 1959 to 1963      
       
Great Britain Made 222K Machines at the Kilbowie, Scotland Plant      
EJ 142734 - EJ 142833 100 July 1, 1953  
EJ 211839 - EJ 211988 150 September 2, 1953  
EJ 219989 - EJ 220138 150 September 22, 1953  
EJ 223639 - EJ 223838 200 October 1, 1953  
EJ 225839 - EJ 226038 200 October 14, 1953  
EJ 226039 - EJ 226438 400 October 21, 1953  
EJ 236439 - EJ 236638 200 October 29, 1953  
EJ 266639 - EJ 271638 5,000 November 18, 1953  
    Total # machines in 1953 6,400
       
EJ 616272 - EJ 626271 10,000 March 31, 1954  
EJ 908425 - EJ 918424 10,000 September 10, 1954  
    Total # machines in 1954 20,000
Total # EJ machines 26,400    
       
EK 319939 - EK 329938 10,000 March 14, 1955  
EK 628163 - EK 638162 10,000 August 16, 1955  
    Total # machines in 1955 20,000
Total # EK machines 20,000    
       
EL 176520 - EL 186519 10,000 March 2, 1956  
EL 681756 - EL 686755 5,000 September 17, 1956  
    Total # machines in 1956 15,000
Total # EL machines 15,000    
       
EM 234470 - EM 239469 5,000 February 26, 1957  
EM 601007 - EM 606006 5,000 August 2, 1957  
EM 9571021 - EM 962020 5,000 November 15, 1957  
    Total # machines in 1957 15,000
Total # EM machines 15,000    
       
EN 134513 - EN 139512 5,000 March 17, 1958  
    Total # machines in 1958 5,000
Total # EN machines 5,000    
       
EP 131001 - EP 133500 2,500 March 3, 1959  
EP 541572 - EP 544071 2,500 September 22, 1959  
EP 758473 - EP 760972 2,500 December 18, 1959  
    Total # machines in 1959 7,500
Total # EP machines 7,500    
       
ER 022034 - ER 024533 2,500 March 15, 1960  
ER 316034 - ER 318533 2,500 May 30, 1960  
ER 900043 - ER 902542 2,500 September 7, 1960  
Total # ER machines 7,500    
       
ES 165344 - ES 167843 2,500 October 19, 1960  
    Total # machines in 1960 10,000
       
ES 352344 - ES 357343 5,000 January 31, 1961  
ES 522944 - ES 527943 5,000 March 30, 1961  
    Total # machines in 1961 10,000
Total # ES machines 12,500    
       
Total 222 K Machines 108,900    

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The Woodlands

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Scott, LA
 
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