Singer Folding Card Tables | 221 Featherweight | 301 | Reproduction Table
Cottage Craft Works .com has introduced beautiful cherry reproduction folding card tables for the Singer 221 Featherweight and the Singer 301 short and long bed sewing machines.
Cottage Craft Works already has a large following of sewing machine enthusiast with excellent reviews on their reproduction Amish hand crafted Singer and Janome treadle cabinets.
You can also find Amish hand crafted full size sewing cabinets for both treadle and electric machines that can be customized with different hardwoods, doors styles, stains and configurations for either right or left hand users.
Up until now those looking for the popular Singer folding card tables to fit either the 221 Featherweight or the 301 had to find a used table on the Internet or hope to find one in an antique store or estate sells most likely at collector values.
The 301 tables are even more difficult to find as fewer were originally made.
Sewing machine collectors probably won’t be as excited about these reproduction tables as the actual machine users. Active users have been wanting a functional card table to use with their machines without paying the collector prices and then having to refinish it for actual use.
For those who have both machines, an extra bonus; the new 301 reproduction table from Cottage Craftworks is made for the 301, but it will also fit the 221 slid to the left in the sewing machine tray.
The bobbin access lid on the 301 has a finger hole cut into the machine lid, and the 221 access lid was left straight.
The 221 table comes with the finger hole cut into the table but the 301 table does not. This is not a real problem as the 221 is a lightweight machine that can be easily slid over to get a finger under the bobbin access lid.
Both the 221 Featherweight and the 301 machines made by Singer are still very popular today.
Singer also made a 222 Featherweight machine, which is rather rare. The reproduction table was copied directly off of an original and should fit the 222.
They were introduced by Singer as far back as the 1933 for the 221 Featherweight and then the 301s were introduced in the early 1950’s. The 221 was introduced and made in Scotland beginning in 1949.
The Scotland/Britain models were made for the 220 volt current but are widely available in the US and functional with an electric converter.
The 221 and 301 machines continued to be produced into the mid 1960’s. The 221 Featherweight measuring only 15” x 7” was very portable suited for traveling, which still makes it highly sought after sewing machine today for quilt shows and sewing clubs.
In the era most people were still making the family clothing or altering clothing items to fit stair stepped large families.
Singer made the Featherweight machines to be portable. It was not uncommon for families to pack it along with luggage on vacations or long extended trips just in case they needed to mend or make some new clothing.
The cute little 221 almost looks like a toy sewing machine, but this little machine was and still is considered a workhorse.
The 221 and 301 came with an optional folding card table. This was brilliant marketing move for Singer since folding card tables were almost a must have item for most homes in this era.
Homes generally were small with limited space for sewing, games, and hobbies or for visitors.
The folding card table with the insert was a dual purpose table that could be quickly set up for card games, zigsaw puzzles, a kids table for holiday meals, a hobby table as well as the sewing table that fit the Singer machines perfectly, when the insert was removed.
With the folding legs the table like the featherweight machine also became very portable to travel and easy to store out of the way behind a door or sofa when guest came to visit.
Although the 301 was a much heavier machine it also had its own optional folding table.
Sadly many of the original tables were discarded as the inserts became lost and the later generations just didn’t see much use for a card table with a big hole in it.
Lucky Featherweight owners know when they hit the jackpot at an estate sell when they find one of these tables that no one else knows what it’s for. They are more than eager to scoop one up for just a few dollars. These finds are rare.
Finding a good used Featherweight table depending on the condition can run anywhere from $150 for a scratched and worn table to $300+ for a mint condition. The matching serial number inserts are often missing downgrading the value.
The new reproduction table from Cottage Craft Works is not built for the collector in mind but rather built for actual machine users, so having the insert is not as important. The reproductions table is built as solid and may someday be a collector items.
The reproduction table does have an optional matching insert that locks into place from the bottom.
The insert is also precision cut like a jigsaw puzzle piece so that when it’s in the table the table top looks much like a solid top card table.
Knowing that some users will just want to use the table for the sewing machines the insert is an option allowing those who rather save without it.
There is also a slight up charge for the 301 table, and it can be ordered for either the short or long bed model.
If a person should have both 301 models the table can be ordered for the long bed model and like using the 221 the short bed model can be slid over to the left in the sewing tray.
The reproduction table uses heavy duty game table folding legs. These legs are actually made for large tables such as ping pong ball tables.
The legs provide a very stable wobble free platform for even the heavier 301 sewing machines.
Using these legs on a smaller table so closely together the folks at Cottage Craft Works had to get creative in order for the last leg to fold into the table without conflicting with the cross braces.
In order to do so, the fourth leg has a snap lock extension that slides into clear the leg brace on the opposite side when it is folded into the table.
The legs are also factory made at an angle so they will nest and clear the mounting brackets when they are folded. This angle does follow the leg when they are in the open position being more apparent on a smaller table as well.
Regardless they are a perfect setup for a sturdy little table to hold both sewing machines.
You can copy paste this link to the 221-301 tables on the Cottage Craft Works site.
Amish hand crafted sewing cabinets
Solid hardwood sewing cabinets hand crafted by Amish craftsmen will likely become family heirlooms.
When people think hand crafted custom furniture they are likely to believe it will be just too costly to even look at and settle on something made of fiber or particle board covered with a thin laminate surface.
When it comes to sewing machine cabinets you can have a fine Amish handcrafted cabinet for just about the same price as those particle board cabinets.
With the introduction of the new Amish hand crafted cherry Singer reproduction folding card tables for both Singer 221 and 301 machines Cottage Craft Works.com adds to a long list of other reproduction and new Amish sewing cabinets and sewing room accessories.
The reproduction Singer Class 15 treadle cabinet along with the Singer style treadle cabinet for the Janome 712T machines Cottage Craft Works has been receiving high customer reviews.
It is probably of the only Amish furniture sites that truly build custom sewing cabinets.
Custom sewing cabinets are also designed to the customer wishes from the stain to cabinet layout and door designs to fit in most home décors. Even custom stain matching is available.
Custom cabinets have been built to accommodate both right and left hand users, as well as at different heights to accommodate both short and tall people.
Customers can also select fold down tables for the back of the cabinet that come in handy when sewing long articles that quickly fall off the back and add strain on the sewing needle.
Many customers purchase the reproduction J & P coats thread cabinet to use in their sewing room. It’s is also Amish built just like the original cabinets were. The inside drawers are left open for not only storing thread and sewing notions but it is a perfect cabinet to store patterns and quilt squares.
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