The color of this featherweight stumped us for a while. Red? Did Singer make a red machine? A quick call to the Singer hotline for serial numbers solved the mystery. With serial number EH 892 110, this is a 1953 model. The nice person at the Singer Company mentioned that sometimes people repaint old machines with a deteriorated finish. Since we purchased it we have seen some remarkable machines done in blue and purple.
How much does a red one cost? Lets just say it took a major bite out of Jim's old-age pension check.
The machine appears to be Elizabeth's favorite, as it is the one she grabs as we head out the door on a trip where she will have some time to sew/play. It is also a great conversation piece.
There really isn't much that can go wrong with Featherweights that a little oil, a new belt and new needle won't fix. It also helps to know which direction to thread the needle.
The engraving on the faceplate is vertical stripes; when you see this you can assume the machine is a later model. However, there is nothing to say that the faceplate is original to the machine. The only good way to estimate the age of the machine is by using Singer web site information.
Ya gotta admit it is kinda pretty.