Singer 222K Featherweight sewing machine – £650 at Wessex Auction Rooms.

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Known as a ‘Free-Arm‘ or ‘Convertible‘ model, due to a feature that allowed a portion of the flat bedplate to be removed to allow sewing around sleeve cuffs or trouser legs, approximately 100,000 were made at the Kilbowie plant in Scotland between 1953-61.

Many have survived remarkably well and have become particularly desirable among the many sewing enthusiasts who enjoy the ‘vintage’ experience.

The example at Wessex Auction Rooms (17% buyer’s premium) in Chippenham on October 22 was in particularly good condition and featured a range of accessories ‘extras’ including the original literature that was often lost or discarded.

It was estimated at £20-30 but sold at £650.