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The Singer 221 is the successor to the Sewhandy sewing machine manufactured and sold between 19.
The original manufacturer of the Sewhandy was the Standard Sewing Machine Company, based in Cleveland.
Despite rumors that the Singer Manufacturing Company [as it was known back then] bought out Standard in order to get the rights to the Sewhandy, the Featherweight stands on its own merit.
During World War II, when manufacture of sewing machines and all things metal was restricted, some of the sewing machines were made with blackened parts rather than chrome as used on earlier models.
Another change during World War II production was the crinkle or matte finish.